- Parent Category: Drugs
- Category: Cocaine
- Written by Stop Admin
Before you can talk about how a drug effects a person, you must first address what it is, and what all it is made up of. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug that acts as a stimulant once it has been ingested. Cocaine is a form of crack that has not been mixed with an acid to become a salt. It comes in the shape of a crystal rock that is heated to produce vapors. Even if you only use cocaine once your chances of experiencing a heart emergency is very likely to happen. Most deaths caused by cocaine are in the form of either a heart attack or stroke.
Cocaine and Your Health
Cocaine is very harmful to a person’s health even after being used only once. This is as a result of the effects that cocaine has on the central nervous system, i.e. your brain. Cocaine alters the amount of dopamine that your brain releases into your system. Dopamine is a messenger for what we associate with pleasure and movement. When cocaine is present in our system, the dopamine levels are backed up which causes heightened senses every time the dopamine is released. Not only are your sense heightened by cocaine use but also your blood pressure. The use of cocaine has been known to constrict the blood vessels decreasing blood flow to many vital organs, which can lead to higher body temperature and heart rate. The faster your heart beats the more at risk you become to conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
The amount of cocaine an individual uses ultimately how much they use at a certain time and how often. The faster a drug enters your system you receive an increased high, the only side effect is that the high last for a shorter amount of time. What this results in is the use of more of the drug over a shorter period of time, causing an addiction. This is a direct correlation with the lack of dopamine that is released with the brain.
Cocaine and Its Effects
The effects of cocaine can vary from person to person depending on how much they use and the time frame in which they use it in. Ultimately though most individuals will experience very similar side effects after their use of cocaine, this is just a few examples.
- Inability to sit still
- Angered easily
- Constantly worrying
- Loss of appetite
- Weight lose
Cocaine use is none to get repeatedly worse as an individual continues to use. This happens because the individual begins to develop a tolerance to the drug and the effects they first felt are no longer achievable unless they use higher doses. This is a common trait with all drugs and addictions. Drugs are designed to make an individual have a continued use until they eventually become hooked.
Due to the high popularity of drug use becoming popular among the use of young adults, and the need to develop a high directly after its use has resulted in cocaine being binged. What this means is that cocaine is being taken over and over again in very high doses so that the user can receive an immediate high. This is very dangerous because the individual will begin to experience an uncontrollable state of paranoia. The individual then become detached from reality and if not treated can begin bringing harm to either themselves or others.
The most common way for cocaine to enter the body is through the nose. Snorting cocaine as it is often called leads to adverse side effects such as lack of smell, scarring of the nose tissue which can lead to nosebleeds. Another common method of cocaine administration is through injection. This means the drug is inserted into the blood stream through the use of a needle. Often times this needle is shared by more than one user which increased the spreading of a deadly disease called HIV. No matter what method you choose, the drug will always enter into your blood stream. There is no safe way to administer the drug.
If you or someone you know is experiencing and addiction to cocaine, there are currently several ways in which they can be administered treatment and receive the help they need. There is currently a study going on to develop a medicine that will help reverse or limit the effects of cocaine on an individual’s body. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has plans to use this as one of their treatment processes. Another method being researched is a medication that will help decrease the cravings an individual feels towards the drug. The main form of treatment available for cocaine addicts today is known as behavioral intervention. In this type of treatment an individual is placed in a controlled setting where they are weaned off of the drug and given the proper support they need to overcome their addiction.
If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, they should be administered the appropriate treatment. Call an addiction counselor at Narconon Arrowhead today and receive the help you needed yesterday today. A qualified addiction counselor is waiting on a line for you at 1-800-468-6933.
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