Cocaine is already a highly addictive drug. However, research has found that the way a person ingests cocaine will affect the length of time for an addiction to develop. For instance, when a person uses the powered form of cocaine, he or she will snort the drug. This way of taking cocaine produces an intense high just a few minutes later and the high lasts about 10-15 minutes. However, when a person smokes the rock form of cocaine, the high is immediate and it lasts for about 5-10 minutes. Because of the differences in the length of time as well as the quick response of the high, research shows that there are differences in the way a person develops an addiction to cocaine. The person who smokes cocaine the rock form of cocaine will tend to take in more cocaine more often. This affects the speed in which a person develops a tolerance and dependence to cocaine, both of which are the beginning signs of addiction.

If an addiction does develop, you might not see it as problematic for awhile. You might be attracted to the highs of the drug and it may not be interfering with your life. However, at some point, use of cocaine can begin to affect your family life, career, relationships, and/or financial life. And as you may already know, cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs out there. It is the most addictive form of amphetamine. Furthermore, research indicates that the time it takes to go from experimentation to weekly use of cocaine is less than 3 months.

If you’re noticing the destruction that cocaine is causing in your life, then you might be ready to get help for it. You should know that even though cocaine is highly addictive, it’s still possible to break free from it. Depending upon how long you were addicted to cocaine and how strong the addiction is, you’ll likely not be able to end an addiction on your own. Instead, attending an addiction treatment center might be the best solution. There, professionals can help heal the illness of addiction, which affects both your physical and psychological well being. Having the right healing environment, a professional staff, a treatment plan, and others around you who have the same goal in mind can be deeply supportive. Furthermore, at a treatment center, you’re around others who are also making the choice to stay sober.

Lastly, going through the withdrawal period of cocaine addiction might not be easy. You might experience some uncomfortable and even challenging moments. However, having the support around you – perhaps also including your friends and family – can help ease those moments of difficulty when you’re healing from addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, call the National Helpline provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-4357. Or you can visit this site for a list of local Cocaine Anonymous groups around the country.  The important thing is to get the help you need!

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