A report by the government’s advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) shows that the powdered form of cocaine is on the rise throughout society in the UK with almost one in ten of all 16-to 59-year-olds in the country have used the drug at some point in their life.
Despite being known as an expensive drug of choice for celebrities and the wealthy, research shows that the class A drug has spread throughout British society into its suburbs, high rises and inner-city council estates with it being the second most popular illegal drug, behind only marijuana.
What is cocaine?
Cocaine is the powdered form of a very powerful stimulant drug. Powder cocaine (also called coke), freebase and crack are all forms of cocaine.
They’re all powerful stimulants, with short-lived effects and temporarily speed up the way your mind and body. If snorted powder cocaine gets to the brain more slowly.
The effects of taking cocaine
Cocaine is popular because it makes users feel on top of the world, wide-awake, confident and on top of their game, however, some people can become over-confident on it and so may take very careless risks leading to accidents which can also land them in trouble with the law.
Cocaine effects can include:
- Raising the body’s temperature
- Makes the heart beat faster
- Suppresses appetite
- After a night on the tiles on cocaine, some people feel like they’ve got the flu.
When snorting coke it takes longer to peak but the effects still don’t last that long, only around 20-30 minutes.
How to get off Cocaine
If someone you love has a problem with cocaine you may be struggling with a number of painful emotions, including shame, fear, anger, and self-blame.
The problem may be so overwhelming that you are not able to deal with it by yourself and you find your family member or friend’s problem has an effect on your daily routine.
A good place to start is by joining a support group for families coping with alcoholism. Listening to others with the same challenges can be a tremendous source of comfort and support. You can also turn to trusted friends, a therapist, or your GP.
Rehab Recovery is an organisation that provides help for drug, alcohol and healthcare advice for a wide range of different addiction and dependency problems.
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Keith stopped using drugs and drinking alcohol more than 10 years ago. He now spends a lot of time writing and editing content for this website. His mission is to assist people who are also looking to embrace addiction recovery. Keith believes a key way to accomplish this goal is through his writing.