A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Is Cocaine Addictive?

Cocaine is one of the most highly addictive drugs in existence. It increases energy and alertness and produces such an intense euphoria that, once tried, many find hard to resist.

Cocaine Addiction

We’ve all heard about the rat studies where rats are given the choice between food and cocaine and they always choose the cocaine to the extent that they starve themselves to death. The same thing happens to cocaine addicts as they destroy themselves both physically and psychologically. The dependency on cocaine causes them to lose their dignity, their self respect, self control, and their ability to live life with any sense of normalcy. To so many, it becomes a costly, vicious, cycle that leaves the addict in desperation while chasing the next high becomes their priority.

How is Cocaine Abused?

Cocaine normally comes in a white powder which is snorted or diluted for injection. Another form of cocaine which plagues society is crack cocaine which is a form of cocaine that has been “cooked” into a hardened substance and then smoked.

Smoking crack or injecting cocaine opens the door to a wider potential for adverse health risks including poisoning from dangerous chemicals, infections, and diseases from sharing dirty needles and other paraphernalia.

Physical Effects of Cocaine

cocaine abuse

Cocaine is an addicting drug.

Cocaine is a strong central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that increases dopamine, the neurotransmitter related to pleasure. This increase and accumulation of dopamine is what gives users the intense euphoria they so much crave. Cocaine makes a person hyperactive and increases energy, alertness, and talkativeness while also increasing heart rate and blood pressure which can be dangerous.

The data from the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report on drug related emergency department visits showed that cocaine was involved in 505,224 or 40.3% of the visits involving illicit drugs. It has been linked to a number of serious physical side effects including:

  • Dependency and addiction
  • Withdrawals
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Neurological problems
  • Digestive problems
  • HIV, AIDs, hepatitis c, and other diseases
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Overdose
  • Death

Psychological Effects of Cocaine

With repeat usage, the CNS becomes impaired to the point that the person is unable to manage their thoughts, behaviors, or emotions. It will rely on the use of cocaine to balance the lack of normal dopamine production and to induce any feelings of “normalcy.” Cocaine addicts often have co-existing substance abuse problems and/or mental health problems. Long term or chronic use causes psychological impairments such as:

  • Anxiety, depression, or bi-polar disorders
  • Paranoia psychosis
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Anger or Aggression
  • Drastic mood changes
  • Irrational behaviors to obtain cocaine
  • Auditory hallucinations or tactile hallucinations (“coke bugs”)

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Drug addiction- an overview

Many a times in our lives, we do face problems. These problems are bound to break us emotionally as well as psychologically. Therefore, as a way out, one make take the help of certain chemical substances like the drugs that relieves him of all tensions or stress temporarily. This may lead him to getting addicted,….

Continue reading

Scots are drinking themselves into early grave

Scots are drinking themselves to death faster than Ever as the nation’s disturbing booze-binge culture starts to take its toll among thirtysomethings. Hospitals are now being swamped with more than 100 patients needing treatment for alcohol-related conditions Every Day, the frightening new NHS figures show. Liver disease has trebled in the past 15 years. But….

Continue reading

Understanding the Treatment Center Admission Process

All individuals who seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction will need to go through the admission process at a treatment center when they enter the facility. Although treatment centers have varied procedures for admission, most have a rather standard protocol that includes evaluations and medical assessment as well as an introduction to the staff,….

Continue reading

Alcohol and Stress: Is There a Connection?

Not everyone drinks in response to stress. A number of factors, including genetics, usual drinking behavior, experiences with alcohol or other drugs, and social support, help determine whether a person will drink during a stressful situation. Does drinking help people relax? Researchers aren’t quite sure. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,….

Continue reading

Going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings could help with depression

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Participants at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) could benefit from alleviation of depression according to new findings. Individuals who attended Alcoholics Anonymous meeting more frequently not only drank less, but also had fewer symptoms of depression. John F. Kelly, PhD, associate director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Addiction Medicine says the study is the….

Continue reading