Cocaine addiction is a very serious and dangerous addiction. Cocaine is the second most trafficked drug in the world. Although cocaine is widely trafficked throughout the world, it is not as popular as it once was. Cocaine addiction has taken a backseat to heroin, prescription pills, and alcohol as of lately in the United States of America, but that does not make it any less dangerous. Cocaine is still circulated around the United States, with reports of age groups as low as 12 years old using this horrible drug.

Although cocaine is known as the rich man’s drug, it is also known as the party drug, which is why children as young as 12 years old have used it. Most cocaine addicts begin their story by saying they were at a party when an older group of people walked in with cocaine. Succumbing to peer pressure or just the party environment they were in, they tried the party drug that was everyone else was using. And that is where the problem began……

The Effects of Cocaine

The reason why cocaine is considered to be so dangerous is that of the high that goes along with it. Upon using cocaine the user receives an extreme high of happiness, being alert and productive, and a boost of energy that will make you think you can take on the world. Here’s where it gets even worse. This wonderful high, it only last around 30 minutes, then you crash and you crash hard. You immediately crave the drug again. The scenario gets even worse with this dangerous drug. You build up a resistance to using it very quickly, so the line of cocaine you snorted the first time does not have the same effect on you and you have to now snort 2 or 3 lines of cocaine to achieve the same high you received before. You are essentially chasing a high you will never catch. You can see just how dangerous it is with each high only lasting 30 minutes.

Other effects of cocaine:

  • Extreme paranoia
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Irritability
  • Muscle twitches or tremors
  • Violent behavior
  • Extreme depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Seizures
  • Death, even from one time

The most common names for cocaine are:

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Snow
  • Rock
  • Crack

The Methods of Using Cocaine

Cocaine is a white powder, a stimulant drug that is made from the leaves of the coca plant. This white powder appearance results in some drug dealers mixing cocaine with baking powder, flour, or any other type of powder substance to increase their profits. The 3 most popular ways to use cocaine are:

  • Snorting it
  • Rubbing it into their gums
  • Mixing it with water and injecting it into the system

Cocaine is also mixed with heroin and injection into the system. This deadly cocktail is called a speedball. This deadly combination is introducing your body to a stimulant and a depressant at the same time, causing the body to feel an extreme high with the effects of both drugs at once.

Another method of using cocaine is smoking it. This method takes cocaine from a white powder form to a crystal rock called crack. When this crystal rock is heated up to be smoked, the rock makes a crackling noise, hence the name crack.

The Cocaine High

When using cocaine the levels of dopamine in the brain increase. Dopamine is a natural chemical messenger in the brain circuits that control pleasure and movement. Basically, dopamine is your brain’s reward center. For example, you smell pizza or some other food you really like, dopamine is released letting your body know that you are about to receive a reward for eating this pizza. The dopamine then recycles back into the cell that releases it. With cocaine, the dopamine is blocked from being recycled. The dopamine floods the brain and causes the cocaine high.

cocaine and dopamine

The Next Step

Cocaine addiction treatment is available and if you are willing, you will recover. There are many methods of recovery from cocaine, but Cognitive-behavioral therapy seems to be the most effective in preventing a cocaine relapse. Your behavior has a lot to do with the recovery process and learning therapy techniques will help you in dealing with the rash of emotions you will be dealing with on a daily basis. Call now at 888-374-3252 to help you find the cocaine treatment center that fits your needs the best.