Treating the Cocaine Craving

Cocaine is an illicit psychoactive drug of the stimulant class, and following repeated abuse, treating the cocaine craving is best done by professionals. Cocaine can be found as a white powder (cocaine hydrochloride) or in rock form as crack cocaine. Common street names for cocaine include coke, blow, rock, and nose candy. People use cocaine by snorting, injecting, and smoking the drug. The high felt from cocaine is produced by the effects the drug has on dopamine receptors in the brain. Cocaine has been abused across the world as a party drug.

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy:

• Of all illicit drugs, Cocaine is the second most commonly abused in the United States
• There are over two million cocaine users in the United States alone.
• In 2000, 259 metric tons of cocaine were consumed in the United States
• Over $30 billion was spent on cocaine in 2000 in American
• Young adults between 18 and 25 are the most frequent users

Cocaine produces a very short, intense, euphoric high followed by a sharp crash. Many users find that they need to use more and more cocaine to keep the euphoric feeling going and prevent themselves from crashing. At this point, treating the cocaine craving by taking more of the drug is only making the addiction stronger and more dangerous. This habit can lead to cocaine dependence and addiction. Cocaine treatment can be a long and difficult process. There are no serious physical symptoms of cocaine withdrawal, but a user will experience a strong craving for more cocaine. This overwhelming urge to use more of the drug makes cocaine treatment very difficult to complete in some cases. Those trying to quit using cocaine must learn to deal with the constant craving because it can take a significant amount of time for the cravings to go away.

If you would like more information on treating the cocaine craving, call today and one of our team will be pleased to answer your questions or recommend a treatment program designed just for you.

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