Although cocaine is extremely addictive, it can be difficult to detect if someone has a cocaine addiction. It is an illegal drug that can be very dangerous to the user and the people around him/her.
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What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a white substance found in a powdery form and affects the central nervous system by generating a euphoric feeling and a boost of energy. Typically snorted, cocaine can also be smoked, injected and drank when dissolved in water.
The Risks of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine is an illegal and very powerful stimulant that is automatically deemed abuse from the moment you try it. It keeps you wired but not without risky side effects, like increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, as well as an increase The drug boosts chemicals produced by the brain that can make one happy, resulting in a euphoric sense when used. Many are indeed aware of cocaine’s addictive peril, yet still continue to use it or try it.
Effects of Cocaine Use
Cocaine produces a severe psychological addiction in a person, which is very difficult to work through. Users also progress to a high dependence on it and have to increase their usage just to reach a level of normality. At this stage, refraining from using cocaine will result in going through strenuous withdrawal symptoms. Part of why cocaine is so addicting is because it magnifies the brain’s level of dopamine and entirely reprograms the reward system.
The duration of the effect of snorting cocaine typically lasts around half an hour, while injecting or smoking cocaine results in an intense 5-10 minute high. Cocaine users constantly use to uphold their desired effects, with injection posing the greatest risk of overdosing. Among the top reasons why abusing cocaine is dangerous is due to its persistent taxing on one’s heart, which is why many cocaine users die of cardiac arrest and stroke.
Your Body on Cocaine:
- Constricted blood vessels
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure and body temperature
- Sweating and shaking
- Seizures, cardiac arrest, or death
Crack is a hard substance with a white, yellow, or off-white color in ‘rock’ form. It’s produced by combining baking soda or ammonia with powdered cocaine, cooking, and drying into finished ‘rocks.’ With crack being exponentially more addictive than normal cocaine, it’s very easy for anyone to develop an immediate addiction to it. Abusers usually inhale it through a glass pipe after it has been heated, to which it makes the cracking noise its name derives from.
Often, crack is abused by a person with an addiction to cocaine. Coke is considered more expensive than crack, with the latter having a reputation for possessing cheaper prices. Therefore, crack has more accessibility than cocaine for many people, largely to those who are underprivileged. Yet developing an addiction to crack can lead to spending thousands of dollars per week to sustain.
Cocaine and Other Substances
Abusing cocaine is typically done in an environment where additional substances are being abused, which leads to developing a dependence on other drugs, such as marijuana and alcohol. Alcohol can serve as a dangerous trigger for those recovering from using cocaine. Mixing heroin and cocaine is commonly called “speedballing”, and is believed by many to be the most deadly drug combination possible.
Often, crack is abused by a person with an addiction to cocaine. Coke is considered more expensive than crack, with the latter having a reputation for possessing cheaper prices. Therefore, crack has more accessibility than cocaine for many people, largely to those who are underprivileged. Yet developing an addiction to crack can lead to spending thousands of dollars per week to sustain a downward spiral of ‘staying high.’
Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Some have been able to successfully quit using cocaine on their own, however, many usually must enroll in an addiction treatment program. While overcoming a cocaine addiction is difficult, resources are available to anyone who wishes to beat their addiction. At The Discovery House, one of Southern California’s best drug and alcohol rehab centers, someone with an addiction can be equipped for long-term recovery by enrolling in one of various treatment programs at our luxury rehab facilities.