You can avoid the physical and cognitive health risks associated with cocaine misuse by attending a treatment facility. Full recovery is possible, and our expert clinicians are here to help you heal and move forward.
What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a stimulant. Doctors use cocaine for legitimate medical purposes, including as local anesthesia during some surgeries. However, there are also illegal versions of the drug that come in a white crystalline powder. Larger rock crystals are called “crack.” Cocaine sold on the street can be combined with a number of other substances to increase the volume. Below are some common additives:
- Talcum powder
- Various synthetic opioids
Usually, people taking a mixture are unaware they have bought altered cocaine, leading to the possibility of injury, illness, or death. Most cocaine misuse involves illegal versions of the drug.
How Is Cocaine Used?
You can misuse cocaine in several different ways, including:
- Rubbing into the gums
The way your body absorbs the substance will play a role in what health side effects and symptoms manifest over time. For example, crack cocaine is inhaled, which can damage your throat and increase the risk of lung cancer. Many people inject powdered cocaine, increasing the risk of bloodborne pathogens and infection. The form of cocaine and how you misuse it can impact treatment and long-term recovery.