Understanding Cocaine Addiction
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What is Cocaine addiction?
Cocaine addiction is a physical addiction to the drug cocaine. Cocaine is a highly sought after stimulant and has been nicknamed the “caviar” of drugs due to it’s high cost. Some believe that cocaine is not addictive due to the lack of withdrawal symptoms, however this is not the case. Another thing to note is that cocaine affects everyone differently. For some, they will experience a mild reaction, while others can put themselves in a life-threatening position due to their bodies reaction to this stimulant.
Cocaine is a drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Cocaine is also known as coke, C, flake, snow, crack, and blow. Cocaine is a highly addictive and illegal stimulant which increases alertness and energy. The drug affects neural pathways in the addiction patient’s brain leading them to feel overly talkative, energetic, and euphoric.
What are the signs of cocaine addiction?
The following signs and symptoms as defined by the Mayo Clinic can describe cocaine addiction:
- Increased sociability
- Increased energy and agitation
- Increased sex drive
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Panic attacks
- Psychotic and violent behavior
What does heroin cocaine do to the body?
Cocaine users don’t usually experience the same withdrawal symptoms as many other drugs. However, after prolonged use they can experience drug cravings, and it will take more and more of the drug to get the same effect or “high” that they initially experienced. This leads the cocaine user to chase the beginning high they had, and can often result in an overdose. Often those using cocaine experience the “crash” effect of other drugs such as mood swings, depression, anxiety, prolonged sleep, and irritability.