Whenever you heard the word “cocaine,” what immediately pops into your head? For most of you, you will probably picture a fine white powder placed in a fine line along a table (for snorting). On the other hand, some of you might consider a gummy yellow crystal (crack cocaine) that is heated for injection. No matter what form it comes in, cocaine is always known for its ultimate purpose: illegal street dealings. Overwhelmingly dangerous, this stimulant is responsible for health problems, overdoses, and (worst of all) painful deaths. However, did you ever consider that a highly addictive drug like this could ever (in a million years) have legitimate medical benefits? According to recent studies, cocaine could actually serve a purpose for several intricate procedures. How is this possible, though? How can a drug that is commonly sold on the street and infamous for doing more harm than good possibly help anyone? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.
Based on a statement from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc., cocaine is not only a high-quality anesthetic but also a valuable vasoconstricting agent for treatment, and no other drug contains these ideal qualities. Overall, this information is not surprising, given the fact that cocaine is the chemical cousin of lidocaine (an anesthetic frequently used by dentists).
So, why is this drug such an effective anesthetic? Specifically, cocaine blocks nerve impulses, specifically by putting a damper on the intake of norepinephrine. In certain procedures, this drug is used during the treatment of the upper respiratory tract. During these delicate tasks, doctors will apply cocaine topically (to the skin) in a hydrochloride solution. Typically, this concoction can come in 3 different concentrations: 1%, 4%, or 10%.
What Are the Effects of Cocaine?
Derived from the leaves of the coca plant (Erythroxylum Coca), cocaine is typically absorbed through mucous membranes in the nose (snorting) or mouth (gum rubbing). Frequently triggering abuse and addiction, cocaine completely prevents the reuptake of the neurotransmitter called dopamine (also know as the “feel good” chemical), which further indices a sensation of euphoria and power. Additional effects may include feelings of grandiosity, invulnerability, and happiness (accompanied by a drastic rise in blood pressure).
Seeking Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
In an interesting twist, cocaine may possibly suffer from the same stigma as opioids: frequent abuse and addiction has painted a nasty picture of these drugs. If you are still trying to combat your cocaine addiction or have a friend or family member who is coping with this terrible problem, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of rehabilitation to help you separate yourself from this dangerous stimulant. The time to take back control of your life is now.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your cocaine use to the curb.