Information and Resources to Help You Stop Cocaine
Cocaine is a highly dangerous and addictive drug that affects the lives of millions of Australians.
This site is designed to be a resource for those struggling with cocaine addiction or seeking more information about cocaine abuse. We explain how cocaine works in the body and brain, the risks associated with cocaine abuse and treatment options for cocaine addiction. We also offer a free assessment and referral for anyone who is struggling with a cocaine addiction or concerned about a loved one who might be.
Cocaine Use, Abuse and Addiction in Australia
As American and European cocaine markets become saturated, drug smuggling rings are increasingly looking to the Asia-Pacific as a consumer base. With the growing availability of cocaine in Australia comes more opportunity for cocaine use. As coke is an extremely addictive substance, even occasional recreational use can quickly escalate into a life-threatening addiction.
According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 8.1 per cent of Australians aged 14 years and up have used cocaine at least once in their life. 2.1 per cent of Australians aged 14 years and up have used cocaine in the last 12 months. Younger Australians report having first tried coke at 19 years old on average.
Drug use among Australian women also surpassed that of men for the first time from 2010 to 2013, and female drug use is rising at a faster rate. With this comes an increased risk of cocaine addiction, and an increase in negative outcomes like arrest rates for possession and use of cocaine.
The UN World Drug Report names Australia as the 4th leading cocaine-using country in the world. According to Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation president Dr Alex Wodak, “There is certainly greater demand for drugs and that is likely because of economic and social conditions. People on one hand have more money to spend and on the other there are more people who are at risk — and those that are at risk are getting worse because of high unemployment, poor job prospects, lack of optimism.”
Knowing your risks and treatment options is the best way to safeguard against cocaine addiction. To learn how you can get help for yourself or your loved one, contact us today.