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How to Help a Cocaine Addict

If you're battling an addiction to cocaine, also known as coke, blow, and snow, you're not alone. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 4.8 million Americans ages 12 and older had abused cocaine in 2009. It's important to remember that you don't have to battle your addiction alone either. Cocaine addiction help is available, and drug rehab centers help abusers fight their addictions every day. If you're ready to stop using this stimulant and don't want to do it alone, call our helpline today at 1-800-943-0566.

Cocaine Help Quiz question 1

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful and short-acting stimulant drug produced from the coca plant. It can produce sensations of energy and euphoria, and is highly addictive with a heavy potential for abuse. It is most commonly snorted, smoked, or injected. Chronic use of cocaine can lead to cardiovascular problems as well as infections and other issues associated with injection drug use. Cocaine is an illicit drug in most countries and is considered to have no medical use. (source)

Other names for cocaine

  • Coke
  • Crack
  • Blow
  • Nose candy
  • Snow
  • White lady (source)
  • Horse (source)

Quotes from cocaine addicts

“My friends and I would go to the mall after school; we said we were getting chicken fingers, but I'd meet the drug dealer and spend $50 on a gram, then a longtime housekeeper would pick us up. We didn't even have our licenses, but there we were, doing coke at each other's houses. The rest of my friends' moms went through their stuff, but my mother trusted me, so I hid everyone's stash in my closet. But because I had access to it, I started doing coke by myself. I'd get high in the school bathroom or at home before writing a paper.” (source)

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Is Cocaine Addictive?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine is an addictive drug, but the effects of it differ from those of other intense street drugs. People who use cocaine, whether they inject, smoke or snort it, for an extended period of time have trouble feeling pleasure from anything other than cocaine. When the cocaine usage stops, the user feels depressed, isn't able to function properly, and craves the drug. To avoid feeling depressed, the abuser continues to use cocaine. Smoking crack, the form that comes in small rock-like crystals, is particularly addictive. To know more about the dangerous effects of Cocaine use, call us today.

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What Are the Signs of Addiction?
Long-term cocaine use often leads to multiple health issues, including increased risk of cardiovascular issues, stroke, and lung failure. Addiction affects the way you act, think, and function. It's common for someone suffering from an addiction to neglect his or her home and work responsibilities. Work attendance might drop, because using cocaine becomes more important than going to work. Addiction also affects personal relationships. Someone who is addicted to cocaine may find his or her marriage falling apart or have strained relationships with close family and friends.


Potential for cocaine addiction

  • 5-6% of people who have recently begun using cocaine will become long-term users. (source)

Lasting health effects of cocaine

  • Exhaustion
  • Nosebleeds
  • Blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Effects of cocaine overdose

  • Stopped heart
  • Sudden death

Effects of cocaine withdrawal

  • Fatigue
  • Depressed mood
  • Agitation and restless behavior
  • Increased appetite

Yearly deaths linked to cocaine use

United States

Deaths involving cocaine (CDC WONDER query, ICD-10 code T40.5, “Poisoning by, adverse effect of and underdosing of cocaine”)

Cocaine usage is involved in thousands of deaths a year in the US, ranging from 4,194 in 2000 to 8,591 in 2006.

Cocaine-related emergency room visits

United States

Cocaine is now linked to hundreds of thousands of ER visits a year in the US - over 550,000 in 2007.

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Am I Addicted to Cocaine?

Before you decide what type of treatment program you want to complete, you need to determine whether you're addicted to cocaine. People who are addicted suffer from depression and irritability when they aren't using cocaine. Most addicts also have a strong urge to use the drug when it isn't in their system. If you're addicted, you may show a lack of interest in activities that don't involve cocaine, because it's hard for you to have fun without being high. You might also notice that your body has built up a tolerance to the drug, which causes you to use more of it to feel the same high. If you think you're addicted to cocaine and want help, call 1-800-943-0566.

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Treatment facility admissions for cocaine

United States, admissions for treatment, age 12+

Powdered cocaine and crack cocaine

Treatment for cocaine and crack cocaine usage in the US is extremely common, with treatment facilities admitting over 290,000 cocaine users in 2007.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Two types of outpatient treatment programs are available to cocaine users. Daily check-in programs require you to see your drug abuse counselor for a short session every day. Day treatment programs require you to stay at a treatment facility for eight hours each day. During this time, you'll attend group therapy sessions and lectures on drug abuse, addiction, and recovery. If you choose to use an outpatient program, it's important that you have a strong support system at home to help ensure your recovery.

Inpatient treatment facilities are more structured. You are required to stay at the facility for the duration of your treatment. When you first arrive, you go through the detoxification process. Rehab centers have medical staff on hand to help you through any withdrawal symptoms you might experience, such as depression, mood swings, and fatigue. When the detox process is complete, you attend individual and group therapy sessions and educational lectures and learn how to have fun without drugs. Your entire time spent at the facility focuses on your recovery and prepares you to face the outside world without using drugs.

Call Our Hotline Today

Our hotlines are open 24 hours per day, seven days per week to help people who suffer from an addiction to cocaine. If you need help finding a treatment program, call us today at 1-800-943-0566.


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