Cocaine is a powerful stimulant going by such street names as “coke,” “blow” and “snow.” The drug is derived from leaves of the coca plant of South America. When snorted, injected or smoked, it produces feelings of energy, confidence and intense euphoria. Cocaine is addictive and can cause irreversible mental and physical damage when abused over long periods.
Sovereign Health’s cocaine addiction treatment addresses the physical addiction and the underlying factors fueling it. At our cocaine rehab centers we offer medically and nutritionally assisted detox options as well as individualized treatment programs tailored to each patient’s needs.
Since its introduction to the United States in the mid-19th century, cocaine evolved from its initial use as an anesthetic into a recreational drug by the early 20th century. The skyrocketing use of cocaine and its social, physical and psychological consequences prompted the country to introduce anticocaine legislation, leading to its eventual prohibition by 1930.
Derived from the coca plant and combined with salt, such as HCL, through acid/base extraction, cocaine is most commonly manufactured as a white powder. Before hitting the streets, it is adulterated or cut with baking soda, lactose or anesthetics such as lidocaine or benzocaine to mimic its numbing effect and increase its weight. Depending on the extraction process, the substance can vary from a crumbly, powdery texture to an oily or hard crystal called “crack cocaine.”