acquiesce - June 13th, 2019

Cocaine Addiction and Abuse

Cocaine is a recreational drug that is commonly used in the party scene due to the high it creates, and its popularity is increasing.

Although not every cocaine user will fall into addiction, the chances of developing a problem are high, and it is incredibly likely that issues will occur after the very first use.

Many cocaine users start taking the drug occasionally to help them feel more alert and excited during a party or a night out. However, regular abuse will result in a crippling addiction and can cause destructive issues for both users and their families.


What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a Class A, illegal stimulant drug that is most commonly used in the party scene.

In most circles, cocaine will be referred to as ‘coke’ and comes as a bright white powder.

Cocaine is an extremely addictive drug due to the intense high it provides. Although these highs are intense, as it interacts directly with the pleasure centres in the brain, the results are short-lived. This is how abuse of cocaine quickly becomes an addiction as users seek to reach more highs.

In many cases, cocaine users will repeatedly abuse the substance to prevent the disturbing come-down that occurs not long after the high.


Effects of Cocaine

Once taken, cocaine goes directly to the brain and causes intense feelings of euphoria, pleasure and alertness.

This illicit substance works by releasing dopamine into the brain and prevents it from being reabsorbed over time. This is how users experience a longer high than they would if dopamine had been naturally released into their systems.

The feelings users can experience when they take cocaine include:

  •      Intense, instant high
  •      Feeling alert
  •      Confidence, like they can do anything
  •      Reduced hunger
  •      Ability to stay awake longer

It is these intense reactions that make cocaine such an addictive, and therefore problematic, drug.

From the very first use, cocaine abusers will experience intense cravings and the desire to repeat the high. The issue here is that cocaine releases less and less dopamine with each use, meaning that repeated users or those who are addicted to the substance need more of the drug to experience a decent level of euphoria.

Dopamine produced naturally in the brain is a fairly slow process in which the hormone is reabsorbed after time. Cocaine produces dopamine quickly as it directly impacts the brain’s pleasure centres and the drug prevents any reabsorption. It is this process that creates the longer high.

However, the high and euphoria caused by cocaine is still a short-lived process. The intensely pleasurable high results in an equally intense comedown and a lot of users will reuse the substance to avoid any undesirable feelings or symptoms.


Risk of Cocaine Addiction

This reuse not only impacts individual’s tolerance to the substance, which increases vastly with each use but also contributes to their cravings for cocaine. These cravings can become more intense over time, and many people are likely to fall victim to their body’s desires, resulting in a destructive addiction to cocaine.

Although not everyone who uses cocaine will develop an addiction, it is incredibly likely that the issues surrounding the drug will arise from the very first hit.

Cocaine is incredibly popular on the party scene due to the intense pleasure and instant alertness it provides. These feelings allow party-goers to enjoy the night without ever feeling the need to stop – until the drug wears off.

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