Cocaine: Abuse and Addiction (PDF File – Feel free to reprint)
This file, part of the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Research Report Series, discusses cocaine abuse, short and long-term effects of cocaine use, treatment, and more.
Overview of cocaine/crack abuse research and information from the National Institutes of Health.
How Crack Cocaine Works
This article by Discovery Health explains how crack is made, what effects it has on the body and how law enforcement and health officials are working to stem its spread.
Support Groups – 12 Step
Cocaine Anonymous is open to all persons who state a desire to stop using cocaine, including “crack” cocaine, as well as all other mind-altering substances. C.A. is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual drug addicts who turn to their fellowship for help.
“Me and My Girls” (Carr, David, The New York Times Magazine, 7/20/08)
Culture reporter and the media columnist for The New York Times recounts harrowing times when he was deep in the throes of his addiction and how having his young daughters motivated him to turn his life around.
“Tale of a Life, Unabridged” (Lee, Denny, The New York Times, 05/28/10)
Bill Clegg, who rose quickly as a literary agent only to fall victim to crack addiction, has written a book about his experience titled “Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man.”
“‘Crack Was My Friend,’ Ex-Addict Says” (Martin, David S., Cnn.com, 04/17/09)
Crack-addicted Felicia Anderson was pregnant with her third child when an ultrasound changed the direction of her life and she sought treatment through Mothers Making a Change, a program designed especially for pregnant women and women with young children.