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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
Prevalence of teen cocaine use.

While cocaine is not one of the more widely abused drugs by teenagers, teen cocaine use does exist and is extremely dangerous. In a recent study, 3.4% of tenth grade students and 5.2% of high school seniors reported using cocaine in the past year. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 6 million people over the age of 12 have used cocaine at least once in the past year.

Cocaine use causes a host of negative short-term and long-term effects. One of the most serious is cocaine tolerance, or the process of requiring increasingly larger doses of cocaine to achieve the initial high. Tolerance increases one’s chance of overdose and death. But cocaine isn't just dangerous in the long run. Even first-time users, especially those who mix cocaine with alcohol, risk sudden death.

Warning signs of cocaine use.

It is important to know the warning signs of potential cocaine usage, as teenagers are at high risk for addiction. Warning signs include but are not limited to:

• Red, bloodshot eyes during periods of non-use

• Runny nose or frequent sniffing

• Change of eating habits and weight loss

• Change of sleeping habits (ie. sleeps all day and is up all night)

• A change in friends (or acquiring friends of different ages)

• Changes in behavior, such as flunking out of school or not going to school

• Frequently needing money and stealing it to support habit

• Losing interest in things they used to like to do, such as family activities

• Acting withdrawn or depressed; tired and careless about personal appearance

How to get help.

Teens suffering from cocaine addiction require immediate, professional treatment. Caron’s teen-oriented rehabilitation programs can help.