Cocaine Abuse on the Rise

According to recent population surveys released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine is presently the most abused major stimulant in America and it has recently become the drug most frequently involved in emergency room visits.  These studies indicate that most cocaine users are older, inner-city crack addicts.  However, new reports are confirming a growing new group of users: teenagers smoking crack with marijuana in some cities, middle-class suburban users of cocaine hydrochloride, and female crack users in their 30s with no prior drug abuse history. Cocaine abuse is a complex problem because it actually causes biological changes in the brain. Researchers at NIDA have learned of a process in the brain that more thoroughly explains addiction to cocaine. Their research shows that continual use of cocaine causes altered levels of a specific brain protein that regulates dopamine. This research adds more information to explaining how the brain adapts to becoming quickly and severely dependent on cocaine.

In addition to the amount of people using cocaine, an enormous increase has occurred in the number of people going into treatment for cocaine addiction during the last several years.  This widespread abuse of cocaine has been a catalyst for many treatment centers to develop new programs specifically for individuals addicted to cocaine. Treatment of cocaine dependency, therefore, is complex and is most effective when it involves a number of different and diverse treatment methods. Passages Malibu’s treatment program is tailored to treat the physical, emotional, and psychological damage cocaine has caused through individualized therapy as well as group sessions, physical activity, and a healthy diet plan.

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