What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug, one that is both widely used and highly addictive. In the early 1900s, cocaine was used for a variety of medical conditions and physical ailments, revered as a curative “miracle drug.” Before synthetic anesthetics were developed, doctors and surgeons used the chemical substance to help block and alleviate pain. It was soon discovered, however, that cocaine changed the physical chemistry of the brain, leading to physical and psychological dependence.
Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II chemical substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, meaning it can be administered by a licensed professional for legitimate medical reasons, but it also has a high potential for abuse. Cocaine is often used recreationally, and is frequently combined with other chemical substances like alcohol or opioids. If you or someone close to you has been suffering from a cocaine use disorder of any severity, there is help available and recovery is possible. Immersion Recovery Center today to learn more.
Cocaine Addiction Facts & Statistics
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 5.2 million people over the age of 12 have used cocaine at least one time within the past year. Of these people, around 1.3 million suffer from a diagnosable cocaine use disorder. Cocaine can be ingested in several different ways. NIDA states, “People snort cocaine powder through the nose, or they rub it into their gums. Others dissolve the powder and inject it into the bloodstream. Another popular method of use is to smoke cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal. The crystal is heated to produce vapors that are inhaled into the lungs. This form of cocaine is called Crack, which refers to the crackling sound of the rock as it’s heated. Some people also smoke Crack by sprinkling it on marijuana or tobacco, and smoke it like a cigarette. People who use cocaine often take it in binges—taking the drug repeatedly within a short time, at increasingly higher doses—to maintain their high.”
Excessive cocaine use is extremely dangerous and can lead to a host of serious issues, including the development of a cocaine use disorder and an increased risk of overdose. NIDA reports that in 2019, there were 15,883 cocaine overdose deaths in the U.S. If you or someone you love has been suffering from cocaine addiction and has had a difficult time quitting on their own, there is help available. At Immersion Recovery Center we treat people of all ages and walks of life who have been struggling with cocaine use disorders of any severity. We provide a multi-staged curriculum of care, allowing us to treat addiction on a physical, mental and emotional basis. today to learn more.