Paris Hilton entered a guilty plea, on September 20, 2010, admitting she lied to the officer that found cocaine in her purse after a routine traffic stop one month earlier. According to CNN, Hilton’s guilty plea earned her misdemeanor charges of drug possession and obstruction of an officer, rather than a felony charge of cocaine possession. Hilton received one year probation, a $2000 fine, 200 hours of community service and was ordered to an outpatient substance abuse program. Paris Hilton joins the long list of other celebrities, such as Tim Allen, Kelsey Grammar and Jodie Foster, who are linked to cocaine possession.
Cocaine abuse is a serious issue in the U.S. not just among celebrities but among over 5 million Americans over the age of 12 each year. Cocaine is a strongly addictive substance often resulting in addiction after the first use. Cocaine may be snorted, injected or smoked when in the form of a crystal rock known as crack. Cocaine users experience feelings of euphoria and increased energy. Cocaine also raises blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature putting the user at risk for heart attack, stroke, or seizure. Other side effects of cocaine use can be respiratory arrest, abdominal pain, nausea and death.
Although cocaine was once thought of as a harmless, though expensive, substance, it is harmful. Cocaine use raises the risk for heart and liver disease, heart attack and respiratory issues as well as financial, relational, emotional and legal issues. You may suspect a family member or loved one is using cocaine or another substance if you notice they seem to have limitless energy, and appear restless much of the time, if they are prone to mood swings, exhibit a change in appetite associated with weight loss or display continual sniffing.
Cocaine rehabilitation is a process that targets the individual’s physical and psychological dependence on the drug. The initial physical detoxification of the individual removes the cocaine from the body, however, intensive individual and group counseling is needed to address the thoughts, feelings and emotions which led to the cocaine use. The rehabilitation and recovery process for a cocaine addict is a long process, much more than the typical 30 to 90 stint in a substance abuse program. Due to the intense cravings relapse is very high.
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