What you should know about Cocaine addiction and its dangerous effects

June 10, 2020 by  
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What You Should Know About Cocaine Addiction And It’s Dangerous Effects

Cocaine addiction and its dangerous effects can actually kill a person. Cocaine takes control of the brain cells that control mood and pleasure sensations. Too much cocaine will permanently alter the way the brain perceives pleasure.

Cocaine can come in powder or crystal form and can be mixed with sugar, corn starch, talcum powder and even amphetamines. In most cases, the user sniffs the powder through the nose and it will absorb into the bloodstream through the nasal cavity. Other users rub the powder on their gums or even swallow it. Injecting cocaine produces an immediate high, but that means a higher risk of a overdose. Some of the street names of cocaine are rock,snow, blow, C, coke, crack and freebase. “Crack” is a form of cocaine that has been designed for smoking, and will make a cracking sound when heated.

What are some side effects of cocaine abuse?

Years ago, cocaine was used during surgery because it has a numbing effect on tissues that it touches. It was also thought that cocaine would help with depression and with other addictions. It was considered sage and was even added to a popular soft drink, until it was finally banned and removed in 1929. It could also be found in cough syrups and various other home remedies. Most physicians in those days widely approved of the use of cocaine for a variety of illnesses.

How cocaine makes you you feel depends on your age, your mood, whether you have medical or mental problems, how much you use, how often and how long you use it and whether you have consumed alcohol or other drugs while using cocaine. High doses of cocaine can result in violent behavior, panic attacks, paranoia and hallucinations. The effects of cocaine can be felt in 30-45 seconds and it will last for 10 to 20 minutes. If smoked, the effects start within seconds and lasts about 10 minutes. Effects of snorting cocaine begin in only a few seconds and last 15 to 30 minutes.

Abusing cocaine can cause adverse effects on your body, as well, and can cause heart rate to rise, increases blood pressure, dilates pupils, increases body temperature and constricts blood vessels. It also decreases appetite and you could become malnourished. Other symptoms are headaches, gastrointestinal problems, nausea and abdominal pain. Snorting cocaine can result in nosebleeds, diminished sense of smell, difficulty swallowing, runny nose, and hoarseness. If cocain is injected, you run the risk of getting a disease like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other diseases.

When high on cocaine, a person feels talkative, energetic, alert and their sexual senses are more aroused. Some people say it makes them more confident and relaxed, while other say it makes them agitated and nervous. These same people believe that they are in control of their cocaine use, and that the can stop anytime they want. The truth is, they will usually suffer relapse again and again unless they get professional addiction treatment.

Is society to blame for the cocaine epidemic?

In some respects, society plays a big part in why some people feel inclined to need mood-altering substances. Most young adults today are pressured to accomplish high goals in all areas of their lives and the stress can become too much. Some turn to alcohol, others turn to drugs as a way to take the edge off their nerves.

 

Another way society plays a role in drug abuse stems from movies, songs and games that portray drugs or alcohol as an acceptable form of recreation. Some movies have led young minds to think that being high is funny and that its what everybody does to have a good time. These young kids think that if the movie stars are doing drugs or alcohol, it is okay for them, too. Sadly, they only see the fun side of drug use. If they could see their favorite actor during detox in a rehab, they might feel differently about using drugs.

Author Bio:

Myra Lemmons is a freelance writer who is currently creating content for drug rehabilitation websites. She strives to educate readers about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and hopes to encourage addicts to seek help from professional cocaine detox centers. More information on cocaine detox is available at: www.medicaldetox.org and www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cocaine.htm.

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