cocaine use

Gloomy portrait of sad manDon’t let anyone tell you cocaine is not addictive. It is highly addictive. Detoxifying your body is absolutely essential, one way or another, to rid your body of what it views as a toxin. Both your body and your mind must be cleared so you can be ready to do the work that lies ahead.

Doing a cocaine detox at home can be quite successful, especially if you haven’t been dependent on cocaine for too long or feel like you need only a little help instead of a full program.

Understand that, like with smoking, 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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cocaine useCocaine use and abuse is a prevalent phenomenon all over the world and the “home and native land” of the maple leaf is certainly no exception.

In Canada alone it is estimated that a high percentage of crack users are aged 15 years and older, which means that a significant segment of school-age kids are trying drugs. The drug has the tendency to become a central part of a teenager’s life, replacing the healthier, more important things and pushing the user towards a more ingrained addiction. Not a strong case for national pride.

Cocaine Use and Crime

In Canada, crack cocaine use has been established for decades and is blamed as a driving force behind many of the country’s crimes, such as stolen property and even murder. It is also attributed to the loss of huge sums in health care and diminished productivity in work environments. More than read more…

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cocaine useSuppliers of cocaine have found that selling this highly dangerous substance becomes more profitable when using adulterants, impurities that pad the drug during a sale. There are many substances that may be used to lace cocaine, but these are the top five most dangerous adulterants in the trade.

1. Benzocaine – This drug is known as a local anesthetic, typically found in topical, over-the-counter products such as creams and suntan lotions. While Benzocaine is commonly found in oral care products, regular ingestion can bring about very serious results, including a potentially life-threatening condition called read more…

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cocaine useMany people mistakenly assume that cocaine use and addiction in general is an ugly habit that only delinquents tend to develop, and that famous people can dabble freely in drug use without consequence. But in reality, numerous movie stars and other celebrities can just as easily find themselves knee-deep in a dire situation and in serious need of rehabilitation.

Amy Winehouse

Although the exact cause of her death is in some ways still a mystery, Amy Winehouse was known to indulge in cocaine use well before her untimely demise. Despite an already amazing and certain stellar future music career, the abuse of cocaine and other illegal substances may well have fueled her downward spiral. The lyrics of Amy’s famous song “Rehab” are the unsettling foreboding of a tragic outcome.

Demi Lovato

The fresh-faced former Disney star seemed to have a promising career until the media sullied her reputation with read more…

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