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Rehab Centers in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico. According to the 2010 Census the population is 545,852. It is located in the central part of the state with the Rio Grande flowing through the city and the Sandia Mountains along the eastern side.  The climate is arid with mostly sunny and dry weather throughout much of the year. It averages 300 sunny days a year. It is located in the Southwestern part of the United States. Albuquerque was founded by the governor of New Mexico, Don Francisco Cuervo y Valdes in 1706. It was founded as a Spanish Colonial outpost of Rancho de Albuquerque.

The city was named after the viceroy of New Spain, the Duke of Albuquerque. The city’s nickname is “The Duke City” which is a reference to the Duke of Albuquerque. It still maintains much of its historical Spanish architecture, culture and heritage. Albuquerque has seen a rapid increase in population growth and it is likely that the population with continue to rapidly increase. Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, and the Nation Atomic Museum. The city has a very diverse and eclectic culture. The economy is based on nuclear research, tourism, health and medical services, banking and technology.

Albuquerque is also a very popular tourist destination due to the abundance of sunny weather, rich heritage, its beautiful desert scenery and authentic Native American crafts and jewelry. Unfortunately Albuquerque also has an ongoing drug problem that plagues the city and its residents.

Cocaine plagues Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cocaine is considered to be the most significant drug threat for Albuquerque, New Mexico.  New Mexico’s close proximity to the Mexican border makes it a prime location for drug traffickers to bring drugs into the United States. Cocaine is brought into Albuquerque by Mexican and Cuban criminal groups and sold on the street by Cuban and Mexican street gangs and other local street gangs. Cocaine is abundant throughout the city and it is widely accessible. It is becoming increasingly popular for teens and young adults in Albuquerque and it is also prevalent among adult male arrestees in Albuquerque. This leaves many citizens concerned or afraid because the prevalence of cocaine also brings an increase in gang activity and violence.


Cocaine is very addictive and it is a powerful stimulant drug. It is also referred to as snow, blow coke, flake, yeyo, and powder. It is derived from the leaves of the coca plant and it is a crystalline tropane alkaloid. In the United States cocaine is classified as a schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This means that the drug has a high potential for abuse, but it can be administered by healthcare physicians for medical purposes such as local anesthesia. The name cocaine comes from a combination of the word coca and the suffix for alkaloid which is ine. Cocaine use is widespread throughout the world even though free commercialization of the drug is illegal in nearly all parts of the world.

The most common form of ingestion of cocaine is snorting but it can also be smoked or injected. The effects of cocaine can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour depending on the potency of the cocaine, method of ingestion, the amount ingested and the tolerance level of the user. The effects of cocaine include euphoria, increased energy, anxiety, paranoia, restlessness, obsessive or compulsive behavior, abdominal pain, nausea, alertness, enhanced athletic and motor abilities, twitching and increased heart rate and body temperature.

Cocaine use can also lead to adverse health effects such as asthma, tooth decay, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, depression, and bronchospasm. Withdrawal symptoms may also occur when long term users reduce or stop using cocaine. Withdrawal symptoms include irritability, depression, anger, increased appetite, anxiety, nightmares, the sensation of bugs crawling all over the body and an intense and compulsive urge to use cocaine again.

Rehabilitation is Available in Albuquerque NM

The rehabilitation centers in Albuquerque, New Mexico can help individuals addicted to cocaine or other drugs and alcohol overcome their addictions. It is possible to overcome addiction and live a happy and sober life and the rehabilitations centers in Albuquerque can help individuals achieve sobriety.