Cocaine Use

canstockphoto3637031The holiday season is not just notorious for big parties, rich food, eggnog and many alcoholic drinks.

If you indulged in social cocaine use during the festive times of Christmas and New Year, your body is still trying hard to recover and you can still feel ill effects weeks or months later.

The immediate damage from that social cocaine use can become a long-term problem.

There are things you can do to get rid of your cocaine hangover and stay clean.

Social Cocaine: A Look at the Profile

Many of us have a social habit – an occasional smoke, a joint once in a while, or a social drink. We think it helps us relax and read more…

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Depositphotos_5693910_xsSome people who use cocaine are not addicts. They just use it as a “recreational” drug on social occasions and they wonder, “What’s the harm in that?” After all, they’re not addicted.

It is easy to think that trying cocaine once in a while isn’t harmful, kind of like thinking being a casual smoker instead of an addict won’t hurt.

Even occasional use can cause problems for the user’s physical and mental health. Some may not become addicts, but some will. Many addictions have started with something as simple as a little “taste”.

Don’t fall for the ruse that it’s “only dabbling”. Even social cocaine use causes huge danger to a user’s arteries and heart. And that’s just for starters.

Cocaine is the Perfect Heart Attack Drug

News flash: You don’t have to be a cocaine addict for the drug to damage your heart. Even young, fit, social cocaine users have been known to read more…

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Cocaine AddictionCocaine addiction has a number of negative effects on your local economy, personal health and other social issues. However, the effects are not only felt locally, but internationally as well.

The more people use and abuse cocaine, the more profound the ripple effects are to other countries. A little insight into how this drug is produced and supplied will provide some understanding about how it causes problems for people and the natural environment in many places.

Where Does Cocaine Come From?

Cocaine is derived from a plant called coca which is grown in large quantities in countries like Colombia, Peru and read more…

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dual diagnosisSubstance use and abuse can lead to addiction, which is already hard enough to handle on its own—but what if you are also diagnosed with a mental illness? Coping with both at once can complicate the challenges you may face along the road to rehabilitation and recovery.

A substance abuse problem that is happening at the same time as a mental health issue (such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety) creates a situation called a co-occurring disorder, also known as dual diagnosis.

In such a case, both the mental health problem and the alcohol or drug addiction each have their own particular set of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to function normally in the face of life’s challenges. The situation becomes even more complicated by the fact that the co-occurring read more…

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Cocaine use is one of the most widespread and common paths to drug addiction. Here are a few interesting facts that may prove helpful for those who are trying to keep themselves informed of the consequences, hardships and other issues that can accompany cocaine use.

  1. cocaine useA global concern – More than two-thirds of all countries in the world are reported to have cocaine use amongst at least some portion of their population. While the US is a common hotspot for cocaine, there is also significant cocaine use reported in Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand.
  2. Combining cocaine use and alcohol – It’s all too common and highly dangerous. The resulting toxic mix of the two substances is cocaethylene; a cocaine user runs a greater risk of sudden death when the drug is combined with alcohol, and concurrent alcohol and cocaine use is the cause of nearly three-quarters of cocaine-related fatalities in the United States alone.
  3. Hospital happenstance – A common reason for drug-related visits to US hospital emergency wards (more than a third) is cocaine overdose. This represents a huge increase from 1978, for example, when cocaine accounted for only 1% of drug-related ER visits, an alarmingly read more…

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cocaine useOnce cocaine use becomes a habit, it becomes harder to overcome, which is something that hard users don’t easily get used to. If you have already decided to quit the habit and start fresh, the next obstacles you will encounter are the cocaine use withdrawal symptoms, which become harder to deal with the more ingrained the habit is in your life.

There are medications and treatments designed to help, but of course it is always best to consult your physician about the taking of any such medications. It is crucial to be aware of any potential side effects that you may experience in addition to those expected while trying to rid your system of the effects of cocaine use.

Expect the Symptoms of Ending Cocaine Use to Prepare Yourself

The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine use are something that you will have to undergo as you head back onto the path of addiction recovery. But it pays to know beforehand what you will be experiencing for read more…

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There’s a good deal of false information out there about marijuana and cocaine use and the respective ways in which they affect the brain and human health in general. Puff by puff and blow by blow, here’s a closer look at some of the key differences between two of today’s most prevalent drugs.

The Drugs and How They are Used

Cocaine:

  • cocaine useAddictive stimulant made from leaves of South American coca plant.
  • Powdered form either inhaled (snorted) through the nose and absorbed through nasal tissue, or dissolved in water and injected into bloodstream.
  • Crack is a form of cocaine processed to create a rock crystal (also called “freebase cocaine”) that can be smoked. Crystal heated to produce vapors absorbed into bloodstream through the lungs’ “crack” refers to the crackling sound made as it is heated.
  • Intensity and duration of cocaine’s effects depend on how it is administered. Smoking or injecting delivers quickly to bloodstream and brain, producing faster, stronger but shorter-lasting effect than read more…

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cocaine useThe unfortunate reality is that cocaine is one of the most abused drugs in the world. It also means that at some point along the way, either you or someone close to you will be in need of serious help to overcome the devastating effects of cocaine use.

There is a great deal of information available about drug addiction and cocaine use, but here are just a few facts that may still surprise you:

1.  Cocaine Addiction is Highly Psychological

Cocaine use breeds dependence, but many people fail to realize that this can be brought on by a psychological dependence on read more…

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effects of cocaineCocaine use already brings enough highly negative and serious side effects to far too many lives the world over, causing the total derailment of people’s plans, dreams and goals. Not to mention dire effects to physical, mental and emotional well-being. As adults, we have the ability to make decisions and take control of our own behavior, while being fully aware of the risks and consequences.

This is especially significant for a pregnant woman who is not only “expecting” but also expected to take responsibility whenever possible for the health of her unborn child, who cannot make choices for him- or herself.

Cocaine Use and the Unborn Baby

During early pregnancy, cocaine use may increase the risk of miscarriage. When cocaine is used late in pregnancy, it can cause premature labor, or the death of an unborn baby. It may also cause the baby to have read more…

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The use of cocaine continues to be a problem for many countries around the globe, and Australia is certainly not exempt from this unfortunate substance abuse trend.

In 2010, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 7.3% of Australians aged 14+ years had used cocaine at some time in their life, and that the average age at which Australians first tried cocaine was 23.3 years.

cocaine useOther key findings from the same NDSHS survey include the following:

  • Recent cocaine use had been increasing since 2004, and this trend continued in 2010 with an increase in recent use, from 1.6% in 2007 to 2.1% in 2010
  • Noteworthy increases were seen among females overall and particularly females between ages 20–29 years
  • People who recently used cocaine were more likely than non-users to have been diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness, or have high levels of psychological distress (17.5% for recent users compared with 9.7% for non-users)

Regarding the frequency of cocaine use, at that point over 60% of most recent users used cocaine once or twice a year. Males were more likely than females to use cocaine every few months or read more…

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