Cocaine is a drug that is smoked, injected, or inhaled and immediately affects the brain. Neurotransmitters in the brain rapidly release dopamine, which causes pleasurable feelings. When levels of dopamine drop, withdrawal symptoms start. Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms lead the person to use cocaine again and more often.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug. A person can become addicted after one use, but as with any drug, each person’s experience is unique to them. The first time a person uses cocaine, they will feel the most intense euphoric sensation. Cocaine use is extremely harmful and causes changes in the brain after repeated use.
Every time a person uses cocaine, the level of pleasure decreases. Tolerance builds up almost immediately, which causes a person to use more in higher doses. Tolerance occurs when the body gets used to the drug and the person needs more to achieve the same pleasurable sensation as the first time they used it. The development of addiction occurs as a person takes doses that are more potent in larger amounts, and increases the risk of overdose or early death.
Many health problems develop from cocaine use, including heart failure, respiratory issues, stroke, and seizures. Some of the physical symptoms of cocaine use include nosebleeds, insomnia, nasal damage, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, and nausea just to name a few. Cocaine also contributes to psychological problems. Some common symptoms are restlessness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and psychosis.
A number of factors contribute to an individual’s risk of addiction. Genetics play a huge role in drug and alcohol addiction. Other factors to consider are physical or emotional trauma, peer pressure, family dynamics, stress, and personality traits. These characteristics contribute individually or in combination with other factors. Addiction to cocaine puts a person at risk for relationship problems, job loss, financial troubles, and incarceration.
Symptoms of withdrawal include extreme discomfort, intense cravings for cocaine, restlessness, and nightmares. Cocaine users are at high risk for other drug addictions, post-traumatic stress, depressive disorders, and other psychological problems. Withdrawal from cocaine is very challenging but manageable with the right treatment program.
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