Cocaine is the most abused stimulant in the United States probably because of the common misconception that it is not addictive. Many believe this because while Cocaine has extreme addictive properties psychologically, it lacks the physical addictive properties that most drugs have. Cocaine abuse that leads to addiction has no prejudice and spares no one from its addictive tendencies regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic class.
Cocaine is rarely used alone and is most commonly found to be combined with alcohol or some form of sedative to get the upper/downer combination. The most common method of use is snorting or sniffing, although it can be abused through injection, smoking, or used orally, vaginally, or rectally. All methods of abuse are equally as addictive and no amount of Cocaine is a “safe” amount. Cocaine is addictive, dangerous, and destructive. Anyone addicted will wake up one day to realize that their life is no longer their own and the person in the mirror is no longer someone that they recognize.
One of the many problems of Cocaine abuse is tracking the strength, purity, and dose of the drug being used. As Cocaine is trafficked into the country, it changes hands a number of times before it ever reaches the user. It is generally “cut” with other substances at various levels of distribution which changes the purity. Because of this, it is hard to control the strength and dose of Cocaine. The final product sold for use can have purity levels that vary anywhere from 1% to 95% while some may even get a product that does not even contain Cocaine, but an imitation such as PCP, Caffeine, Amphetamine, or Lidocaine.
Any type or amount of Cocaine abuse can lead to Cocaine addiction. Cocaine addiction makes you a puppet with Cocaine controlling the strings. If you or a loved one is suffering because of an addiction to Cocaine, it is time to cut the strings and begin living your life again. A life free from the chaos and lies of Cocaine addiction starts with the decision to get help. Our caring and knowledgeable addiction counselors can help you take back control of your life and set goals for a successful and sober future.