COCAINE ABUSE AND TREATMENT
- June 15, 2018
Cocaine and the Reason why people get hooked
The musician Rick James once exclaimed, “Cocaine is a hell of a drug!” So what does he mean by that? Cocaine is a stimulant that is derived from the coca plant. Cocaine is created through a multi-step process where the end product results in a white powder. Users then snort or sniff the powder through their nostril where it is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. The user then starts to feel an enormous high, or euphoria. This euphoria lasts about 20 minutes when it starts to wear off. This leads the user to crave or want to do another “line.” This pattern is repeated throughout the day and night. Users have a sense of invincibility and a sudden burst of energy where many want to socialize. This makes Cocaine a preferred choice of people that like to party as they can stay up late and carry on.
What is the drug and where is it manufactured?
Cocaine also is known as “Hydrochloride” is extracted from the coca leaf. The coca leaf is grown primarily in South America. Colombia has always been linked to the cocaine trade as one of the most famous drug lords, Pablo Escobar, was from there. The plant is also produced and processed in Bolivia and Peru. Massive growing operations and laboratories complete the process. Smugglers then transport the finished product to the United States and Europe.
Cocaine effects on the brain and body
Cocaine affects the brain by it causes it to release extra amounts of dopamine. Dopamine makes a person feel good and the sudden rush of the release creates the euphoria or “high.” This extra release leads to a buildup of dopamine, which can lead the user to addiction. Dopamine is located in the reward system of the brain and is associated with the feelings of pleasure and movement. This is why Cocaine is one of the most addictive stimulants in our society. During this time, a user’s blood pressure rises as well as a rapid heartbeat. Over time, the body builds up a tolerance, which leads to the user consuming more of the drug. Even if a person is a recreational user, the chance of a heart attack or stroke increases when under the influence of the drug.
Cocaine addiction and treatment options
A person that has a cocaine addiction problem a lot of times will not know that they have one. The main feature of a problem is that person not being able to control the use of cocaine despite the substantial problems that it creates. Many times the user will think they are just fine. Some of the symptoms of a problem user are restlessness, irritability, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and severe mood issues.
The good news is that there are many different types of treatment options to help overcome the issue of cocaine addiction. If you or a loved one, need to find a treatment center of working professionals that are compassionate and caring, our team will gladly help at Asana Recovery. Give us a call at (949) 438-4504