Cocaine is a highly addictive substance, that is commonly abused for its euphoric and stimulant effects. In the U.S. it is used by medical professionals as a local anesthetic, and is not available without a prescription. Most cocaine used recreationally is imported and obtained illegally in several forms such as powder or pellets, ingested by snorting, smoking or injecting intravenously. Cocaine goes by several street names such as Coke, Crack, Snow, Flake, Rock and others.
Another term that is commonly used with cocaine is “8 Ball” which refers to a 3.5 gram packet of cocaine, about one-eighth of an ounce. 8 Ball is a term used on the street with other drugs such as meth and malt liquor, mainly in order to avoid referring to the drug by its direct name, especially in the hearing of others.
Cocaine comes from the leaves of coca plant, native to South America. It has historically been used in South American religious rituals for hundreds of years. Today, cocaine is used as a recreational drug in parties for its euphoric and stimulant properties.
The amount of cocaine in an 8 ball is significantly large to be consumed by one person in one sitting. It is commonly purchased to share at a party or with a group. Consuming an 8 ball of cocaine can lead to overdosing and emergency health complications including fatal consequences.
Snorting cocaine through the nose causes a rapid rush of euphoria within minutes. Injecting cocaine intravenously creates an immediate euphoric high. Smoking cocaine produces an intense effect of energy rush within seconds.
Cocaine acts on the central nervous system by binding to the dopamine transporter in the brain, thereby blocking the brain’s normal response to dopamine. Therefore the buildup of dopamine creates intense effects of pleasure and euphoria.
While the effects of cocaine can seem pleasurable at first, continued use of the drug can create uncomfortable short term effects and other acute chronic conditions if abused long term.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that works directly on the body’s central nervous system. It is a rapid acting chemical leading to dependency on the drug very quickly.
The immediate rush of energy, euphoria and alertness creates a pleasurable sensation causing the brain to crave more of the same, leading to binging on the drug.
Cocaine acts quickly but its effects also subside quickly, thereby leading the user to consume more and more of the drug in order to retain the high, leading to dependency on the drug.
Cocaine is highly addictive even in small amounts, and the higher amount of the drug present in an 8 ball cocaine makes it easier to binge on it.
It is common to find cocaine combined with other more addictive substances such as fentanyl or methamphetamine, leading to further dependence on the drug.
Individuals who are already addicted to cocaine experience painful withdrawal symptoms when not using, and therefore they continue the cycle of dependence and addiction.
Successful recovery from cocaine addiction is possible if an individual is truly committed to recovery. Initial treatment for cocaine addiction includes detoxification and medically assisted treatment to help with a patient’s withdrawal symptoms while weaning off the drug.
Because of the psychologically addictive nature of cocaine, long term treatment is necessary in order to address an individual’s physical, mental, social and family factors.
We create individualized treatment plans to address the different areas of need, some of which may include the following.
We use dual diagnosis to indicate whether an individual is suffering from mental health conditions in parallel with their cocaine addiction. Our treatments are planned to address both issues simultaneously.
In group therapy sessions, our therapists work with a peer group of several individuals in order to allow them to interact with each other and share their experiences and information.
CBT has been shown to be effective in treating cocaine by helping individuals to recognize their behavioral patterns, and replace them with less dangerous, more effective coping mechanisms.
We continue to support our clients after they complete their programs in the form of support groups, job assistance and school assistance, and many other avenues to help them reintegrate with their daily life.
We offer several outpatient programs such as PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program), IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program), and OP (Outpatient Program) in order to provide the utmost options and flexibility while still receiving clinical supervision from our expert team of therapists, counselors, and clinicians.
The cost of an 8-ball of cocaine bought illegally on the street can vary, depending on the supply and demand of the moment. The price can also vary depending on other drugs that may have been mixed in with cocaine. In recent years, the supply of cocaine in the United States has decreased significantly due to more restrictions. While many cocaine users continue to pay higher and higher prices in the case of a high, the impact it can have on a person’s life can have devastating consequences. Many cocaine users continue binging on the drug until they use it all up, so the cost of it can add up quickly. In addition, using an entire 8-ball of cocaine makes it a significantly high dosage leading to emergency health complications, which can again be expensive to resolve.