4 Reasons Addiction Is Considered a Disease

Addiction to drugs like cocaine is a chronic disease, which affects the brain’s reward, motivation, memory and other related circuitry areas.  Having a disruption in these circuits can lead to changes in an individual’s biological, psychological, social and spiritual well being. Addiction is typically...

Why Cocaine Isn’t Harmless

The reality of cocaine addiction hits users after they experience the high: this drug can cause powerful, yet disastrous effects to an individual’s body and emotions. Many cocaine users become addicted to the substance to the point that they continue using the drug in spite of long-term, life threatening...

The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Cocaine

Drunkenness is the state of being intoxicated after participating in the heavy consumption of alcohol. Since alcohol is a legal substance that most adults can obtain easily, being drunk is common at parties, meetings, bars or clubs, or in individuals’ homes. Being high on drugs may have some similar...

How Is Counterfeit Cocaine Sold?

Cocaine is not a safe drug. Although many people use it to intensify a night of partying or even relieve depression, every session of cocaine use creates a risk of an immediate medical emergency and pushes the user a little further toward long-term addiction and health problems. Ironically, counterfeit...

Women and Cocaine Addiction

According to PLOS ONE’s 2012 article “Cost-Effectiveness of Peer-Delivered Interventions for Cocaine and Alcohol Abuse among Women,” the number of female illicit drug users rose from 10.4% to 11.2% between 2007 and 2010. Statistics such as these show that drug use, a problem once seen as a specifically...

Cocaine Abuse in Africa

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that increases the brain’s levels of dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure. Cocaine prevents dopamine from being absorbed in the brain, which causes a sense of euphoria. Africans who want to feel good or forget about their problems for a while may be attracted to...

How Cost and Availability Influences Cocaine Use

Cocaine is an addictive mood enhancing drug. When the “high” of cocaine wears off, the user will crash and have cravings for days afterward. Cocaine Use in the United States In the United States approximately 1.5 million people abuse cocaine annually. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH)...

Cocaine Abuse in Asian Countries

In the United States, it can be tempting to think that drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines simply don’t impact other parts of the world. The reality is that cocaine abuse is truly a world-wide problem.  Drug abuse affects every culture, and countries like Japan, China, Thailand, and even India...

Recreational Cocaine Use among 18-25 Year-Olds

Cocaine has long been one of the most popular street drugs in the world. As the popularity of this drug continues to grow, more and more young adults are experimenting with cocaine recreationally and are finding that their use has developed into a bigger problem than expected. Treatment Options for 18-25...

Cocaine Use Problems among 25-40 Year-Olds

Cocaine is a powerful drug that can cause severe addiction in someone no matter her age. If you are a 25-40 year-old and abuse cocaine, you expose yourself to the risk of cocaine addiction and overdose. Cocaine can ruin your life, but no matter how old you are or how severe your addiction has become, with...

Cocaine Abuse Rates in Australia

According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey in 2010, the following is true of cocaine abuse in Australia: 7.3 percent of Australians 14 years of age and older had used cocaine at some stage in their lives. 2.1 percent had used it in the previous 12 months. The average age at which Australians...

How Education Can Prevent Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction damages every aspect of a user’s life, because it can cause any of the following problems: Physiological and functional changes in the brain Physical changes particularly due to diminished nutrition, improper sleep and limited exercise Altering or destroying family dynamics Social...

Effects of Cocaine Abuse on the Immune System

In addition to the well-known risks associated with cocaine use, namely hypertension, heart attacks, brain damage, septum damage, sleeplessness, and an increased likelihood of abusing other drugs and alcohol, scientists have noticed that the drug has several negative repercussions on the immune system of...

What Using Cocaine Takes Away From You

Individuals may take cocaine, because the high achieved from the substance occurs almost instantaneously. People quickly feel more alert and energetic, their mood increases and they have a feeling of supremacy. However the consequences of using cocaine are great and outweigh the dangers of even occasional...

Current Issues in Cocaine Use

Cocaine abuse has been in many headlines recently due to a number of sad and disturbing stories. One example of this is the story surrounding the death of singer Whitney Houston. According to the final coroner’s report, she had cocaine in her system when she died in her hotel room in February of 2012. This...

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