Cocaine Addiction

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What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is an addictive substance that is known to block pain. It is derived from the coca plant, where it gets its name. Cocaine is also a powerful stimulant of natural origin. Cocaine was discovered for its numbing properties when a doctor injected cocaine into nerve trunks in the early 1900s. The drug soon became known and used as an anesthetic agent.

How is Cocaine Used?

Today, cocaine is commonly used as a recreational drug. It is snorted, smoked or intravenously taken. It has more than a few street names like snow, powder or nose candy. When cocaine is smoked or injected, it is especially dangerous as it rapidly enters the bloodstream. Users of the illegal drug quickly crave more and need another fix to keep the continual high they experience when using the drug.

When hydrochloride is removed from the formula, cocaine is given the cheap street name, crack. This dilution of cocaine makes it possible to smoke. Cocaine is processed with baking soda or ammonia and water and heated to remove the hydrochloride. A crack smoker will receive a large dose of cocaine, and an immediate effect, from this form of intake. This method of use is extremely dangerous and can produce serious conditions that can ultimately lead to death.

How does cocaine affect the brain?

Cocaine affects brain receptors by increasing levels of dopamine. Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant, and dopamine is a special neurotransmitter that allows the brain to associate with pleasure and usually exercise. The excess of dopamine produced when using cocaine is responsible for all pleasurable effects, those described as euphoric. With repeated use, the drug can cause serious long-term changes in the brain’s reward system and may lead to addiction. Tolerance to cocaine can develop, and many cocaine users report that they fall short of attaining as much pleasure as they did from their first experience. Some will increase their dose in an attempt to raise and extend the euphoria, but this can also increase the risk of adverse psychological or physiological effects.

Can I Overdose on Cocaine?

A cocaine overdose is highly likely. As one of the world’s most dangerous drugs, cocaine can lead to seizures and life-threatening heart failure. It has been known to cause cerebral hemorrhages, stroke and respiratory failure. There isn’t one special treatment or medication for cocaine overdose; users of the drug who do not overdose still pose an extreme risk to their bodies with the possibility of detrimental health consequences. Some studies demonstrate that injecting or smoking cocaine can have great risks and complications on the human body. Individuals who smoke the drug may become more quickly addicted.

The development of respiratory conditions, such as lung disease (trauma and internal bleeding), shortness of breath, and coughing is associated with smoking cocaine.

Some of the Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse Include:

The Cottage House at Avalon Malibu is specially qualified to work with clients who are in need of cocaine rehab. Our cocaine rehabilitation center along the Pacific Ocean is a tranquil escape where clients may connect from within and overcome the cravings and vicious cycle of cocaine abuse. Our integrative and evidence-based programs combine mind, body and spirit to impart new ways of being and living, based on potential rather than pathology. When a client arrives for treatment at Avalon’s Cottage House, they are provided the highest level of care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We focus on rebuilding a cocaine user’s strength, self-esteem and quality of life. We strive to lead clients toward facing their fears and impart the tools they need for everyday living and sustainable recovery, free from cocaine addiction.

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nasal infections
  • Nose bleeds
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Violent behavior
  • Twitching
  • Hallucinations
  • Chest pain

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