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Cocaine Addiction Fast Facts
About 17% of American adults over the age of 26 reports having used cocaine at some point during their lifetime. About 4% of American 12th graders report having used cocaine.
Approximately 15% of cocaine users become addicted to the drug within 10 years of their first use. The rates of addiction are higher when the drug is smoked and even higher when it is injected.
When are more likely to develop a dependency on cocaine, and those who try it for the first time under the age of 13 are significantly more likely to become addicted. Dependency on cocaine often goes hand-in-hand with abuse of other drugs, such as alcohol or amphetamines.
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Cocaine is the cause of an estimated 5,000-6,000 deaths in the United States each year.
Cocaine Addiction Caregiver Tips
- Get educated about addiction. It is important to understand that addiction to cocaine is a brain disease and not merely bad behavior. It will help you to be supportive of your loved one if you know how addiction affects them.
- Be involved in the recovery process. Often, an important component of addiction treatment is family therapy, in which the patient and their loved ones learn new behaviors and coping strategies together.
- Don’t get discouraged. The battle with addiction is tough and usually long. There are almost certain to be setbacks and obstacles along the way. Be prepared for disappointments, and don’t let them discourage you from continuing the fight.