Derived from the coca plant of South America, cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that continues to ravage the lives of countless people all around the world. As the term “stimulant” would suggest, it is known for its ability to heighten feelings of attention, energy, and alertness in the user. Although occasionally used in medical settings as a form of anesthesia, illicit forms of the drug continue to highlight the very real dangers that a dependency can result in. Read on to learn more about the risks, as well as cocaine addiction treatment options available at Legacy Healing Center Fort Lauderdale.
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Effects of Cocaine
This stimulant is well-known for its role in the production of dopamine in the brain. This is the chemical that acts as the messenger throughout the body. It also plays a role in our neurological reward system. As a person uses cocaine, that reward system will learn to adapt, meaning that it will consistently take using more of the substance each instance to produce the same effects. This contributes to how easily addictive cocaine can be.
There are numerous short and long terms effects that can result from cocaine use, such as:1
- – Intense paranoia
- – Heightened awareness of one’s surroundings
- – Feelings of euphoria
- – Dilated pupils
- – Muscle spasms and body tremors
- – Nausea
- – Loss of smell
- – Difficulty swallowing
- – Risk of respiratory infection like pneumonia
- – Possibility of overdose and death
Cocaine can be taken in a few different ways. The most popular method of consumption is by snorting a fine white powder form of the substance. The powder can also be dissolved and injected intravenously. It is also smoked as a rock crystal, referred to as a crack, which produces vapors that can be inhaled upon being heated up.
Someone using cocaine will typically do so by binging, which means that they take a lot of it at one time in an attempt to prolong their high. This is likely due to the fact that a comedown from cocaine is very unpleasant, and withdrawals as a whole can pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of the user. This is why Legacy Healing Center offers cocaine detox in Florida, as well as at its other locations around the country.
Cocaine Abuse Symptoms
There are a number of ways to indicate that someone is abusing cocaine, some of which can affect the person’s physical well-being, while others may be more behavioral or emotional in nature.
Physical cues include:
- – A chronically runny nose
- – Bloodshot eyes with dilated pupils
- – Severe weight loss
- – Nausea and vomiting
One of the symptoms listed above, severe weight loss, can be attributed to the common habit of skipping meals that many people addicted to cocaine exhibit. The drug has been known to produce appetite-suppressing qualities, while the phenomenon of weight gain upon ceasing use often resorts in those people relapsing out of fear.
Cocaine can also cause people to behave drastically differently from how they usually do. Examples of this include:
- – Noticeable mood swings
- – Aggressive or violent behavior
- – Relationship changes
- – Sped-up, excited speech patterns
- – Neglect of one’s physical appearance
- – Memory loss
It is also worth keeping an eye out for paraphernalia that is used to take cocaine. An obvious example would be any residual powder that may be left on the nose of a user. Additionally, items like razor blades, straws, pipes, and small mirrors could be evidence that a person is struggling with an addiction. If you find yourself in a situation where a loved one may be abusing this drug, Legacy offers cocaine addiction treatment that can help them turn their life around.
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