About Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine addiction can occur quickly in individuals, as cocaine is a very addictive and powerful drug. Cocaine is an illegal stimulant derived from the coca plant, which grows in South America. Sold on the streets, cocaine looks like a fine crystal-like powder, although it is often not in its pure form. Cocaine powder is often sold mixed with other organic substances such as cornstarch, or drugs such as amphetamines. Cocaine addiction has been a problem for more than a century in the United States, and much longer in countries around the world where the coca plant grows.
Cocaine addiction became a major problem in the 1980’s, as the drug became increasingly more popular and easily available. Cocaine is often distributed in one of two forms, hydrochloride salt, and freebase. The hydrochloride salt form of cocaine is mixed with water and injected or snorted while dry. The freebase form of cocaine is purer and not combined with salt. Most individuals smoke this form of cocaine. Freebase cocaine is also called crack cocaine because of it’s crystal structure and the sound it makes when it is heated up.
Street Names for Cocaine and Crack Cocaine
Street Names for Cocaine:
Street Names for Crack Cocaine:
- Nose candy
- Jelly Beans
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Drugs Commonly mixed with Cocaine
There are endless names for drug combinations as new types of mixtures evolve and different regions develop unique names. For families and loved ones dealing with cocaine addiction or other illicit drug addictions it is important to familiarize oneself with common slang drug names. What must be apparent while reading through this list of names for common drug mixtures is that the drive for these dangerous chemical combinations seems to have surged in recent years. It is also evident that drug addicts are willing to expose themselves to untold dangers and take huge risks in order to achieve their next high.
Bazooka– Cocaine mixed with marijuana. Also called Diablito, P-dog, Woolie, Woo, 3750’s, Lace, Canade, Caviar, Torpedo, or Cocoa Puffs.
Wicky – Powder cocaine combined with marijuana and PCP. Also called Dust, Jim Jones, or Ozone.
Speedball – Cocaine combined with heroin. Also called Smoking gun, Murder one, He-She, Tar, Dragon Rock, Dynamite, Goofball, Belushi, Eightball, or H&H.
Flamethrower – tobacco combined with heroin and cocaine
Cocaine Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Cocaine addiction is defined as the compulsion to use crack or powdered cocaine regardless of any negative results or consequences. The addiction can be so powerful that an individual is no longer able to control their drive to seek and use this illicit drug, at all costs to their body and reputation. This insane drive causes cocaine addicts to behave in ways that are completely out of character for them, raising red flags with family members and loved ones concerned for their safety and wellbeing. Should you have concerns about someone you love and suspect that they may have cocaine addiction or other illicit drug addictions we urge you to give Coastline a call today.
Individuals abusing cocaine will likely not be able to view their addiction issues with any sort of objectivity. There are many signs and symptoms of drug addiction that are recognizable and should be looked for if you suspect addiction to cocaine. Some of the more obvious signs and symptoms are often divided into four categories; emotional symptoms, physical symptoms, behavioral symptoms, and psychological symptoms of cocaine addiction.
Emotional Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
- Increased anxiety and restlessness
- Superiority and Euphoria
- Excessive Irritability and Frustration
- Panic and Intense Fears, often irrational
Physical Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
- Nosebleeds and Chronic Nasal Irritation
- Lack of Appetite and Weight Loss
- Muscle Spasms and Tremors
- Heart Arrhythmias and Rapid Heart Rate
- Blood Pressure Spikes and Headaches
- Sleeplessness alternating with Extreme Fatigue
- Intense, Uncontrollable Cravings
- Perforations of the Bowel and Nasal Septum
Behavioral Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
- Excessive Talking and Energy
- Uncharacteristic Behaviors
- Increase in Violent Outbursts
- Risky, Dangerous Actions
- Stealing and Lying
- Withdrawal From Friends and Family
Psychological Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
- Sudden Psychosis and Paranoia
- Intense, Unpredictable Mood Swings
- Absence of Sound Decision Making
- Disconnection from Reality