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Cocaine Is Highly Addictive

Extensive scientific research has been done to demonstrate the addictive nature of cocaine. Cocaine is a stimulant drug made from the coca plant. The coca plant is native to South America. Cocaine alters one of the neural circuits in our brain that is necessary for survival. This alternation impacts the user’s capacity for judgment, memory, learning, and decision making.

When a person uses cocaine for the first time, they will likely feel the following effects almost immediately:

  • Pleasure and feelings of intense well-being.
  • Increased talkativeness.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Decreased sleeping behavior.
  • Sense of increased mental alertness.
  • Heightened sexual arousal.

The Center for Substance Abuse Research reports that addiction can develop after one use of crack cocaine. Crack is a less expensive version of cocaine that is mixed with another substance to form a solid, also called a rock. This does not mean all users will become addicted immediately, but it means the possibility is there.

Cocaine affects our brain. Cocaine triggers the release of dopamine, known as a feel good brain chemical. The dopamine gets stuck in the brain’s synapses resulting in a feeling of being ”high”. The brain and body adapt very quickly needing larger and larger quantities of cocaine to create the same high. This increased need is called tolerance and is an indicator of addiction.

An increased tolerance can lead to users to seek larger quantities and/or alternative ways of administering cocaine. The highs of cocaine use come with a multitude of problems. There are many long term effect that include:

  •        nosebleeds
  •        higher risk for contracting blood borne diseases such as HIV or Hep C
  •        malnourishment
  •        severe bowel decay
  •        restlessness
  •        paranoia with auditory hallucinations

Cocaine is known as a highly addictive drug. Addictive drugs illicit withdrawal symptoms when the drug intake is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal symptoms from cocaine include:

  • depression
  • fatigue
  • increased appetite
  • unpleasant dreams and insomnia
  • slowed thinking

Cocaine induces euphoric feelings in the short term and addiction in the long term. The drug’s impact on the limbic system produces changes in the brain that alter one’s ability to make sound decisions. The risk of cocaine addiction is great. The potential impacts of drug addiction are dangerous and can lead to death. If you suspect you or a loved one are dealing with a cocaine addiction there is help. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and inpatient treatment centers are two popular roads to recovery.

The first step to healing cocaine addiction starts with detox. Start your journey of recovery with The Gardens Wellness Center. We are changing the approach to detox. Call us today for information:  (844) 325-9168