Cocaine is a white, powdery substance that reacts with the body’s central nervous system, producing energy and euphoria. Common methods of using cocaine are snorting, smoking (freebasing), or injected. Other names for cocaine are coke, blow, or powder.
Cocaine Effects and Abuse
Any use of cocaine is considered abuse because it is an illegal substance. Cocaine increases levels of happiness-inducing chemicals that are naturally produced by the brain, which is why people feel euphoric when they use it.
Other effects of using cocaine include:
How people use cocaine alters the potency and duration of the effects. The effects of snorting are short-lived, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Smoking or injecting cocaine is more intense but lasts for an even shorter period, about 5 to 10 minutes. Most cocaine users will dose frequently in order to maintain the desired effects. Injecting the drug poses a higher risk of overdose than snorting.
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Addiction to Cocaine
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug, but it may be hard to recognize an addiction to it. Craving cocaine and ignoring the consequences that come with it are signs of an addiction.
The psychological addiction is often the hardest part to overcome, although there are undeniable physical symptoms of addiction as well. Someone who uses cocaine frequently will develop a dependence on it. The dependence on the drug leads to tolerance and addiction.
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Cocaine and Other Drugs
Many people who experiment with cocaine usually do so in environments where other substances are being used. In this setting, many people are poly-drug users. Poly-drug use is dangerous and increases the potential of fatal overdose.
Cocaine and alcohol are frequently used together, to the point where alcohol can be a trigger for recovering cocaine users. For this reason, it is important to abstain from all drugs during recovery.
Treating a Cocaine Addiction
An addiction to cocaine can be hard to beat. However, help and resources are available for people who are ready to take their life back. Learn more about treatment and recovery for cocaine addiction now.