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The Problem of Drug Abuse

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Among the most rampant type of illegal drugs proliferated on the streets is cocaine. Cocaine is described as a potent drug that primarily stimulates the brain and causes intense addiction. The two forms include hydrochloride salt and freebase which can be taken intravenously or through snorting. The type which can be smoked is what is referred to on the streets as crack. Its mixture of alcohol is among the most common causes of substance-related deaths (Medline Plus, 2009). The current upsurge of the number of people using cocaine had increased severely over the past years. No longer is it concentrated on the streets and on urban jungles but had reached the suburbs and its inhibitors. They range from nondescript suburban teenagers to other members of the household.
The study titled, Patients’ Perspective on the Process of Change in Substance Abuse Treatment conducted in 1995 is included among the researchers funded by NIDA. The bearing of the study is that it focuses on the perspective of the patients and their own opinion of their recovery and the process of change they will have to undertake. This is a different approach as we are often more focused on the treatment itself and the estimation that they should quit right away or go cold turkey. This is perhaps one of the root causes why many patients relapse as there are loopholes in the popular withdrawal programs as implemented. Preconceived notions of the welfare of the patients place a barrier that could properly lead to their overall welfare. The study proves to be timely as the current figures of cocaine users have increased and there is much need to address this appropriately for a long-term commitment to keeping users clean and understanding their views.