Side Effects of Chronic Cocaine Use

The effects of cocaine appear almost immediately after the first dose, and they can disappear within minutes to an hour afterwards. When taken in small amounts, the drug typically causes a sense of euphoria and sensitivity to light, sound and touch. Users chase the euphoric feeling, but they create an ever...

Cocaine’s Effect on Serotonin

Many people know that cocaine addiction stems from the way the drug affects dopamine, the neurotransmitter linked to pleasure. However, this drug affects not only cocaine, but also serotonin in powerful ways. Seek help to quit using this drug so you can get and stay clean. What Is Serotonin and Why Does It...

Can I Become Physically Dependent on Cocaine?

The use of coca leaves as a psychoactive substance dates back thousands of years, but abuse of the chemical form known as cocaine hydrochloride started about a century ago. Originally used for purported medicinal benefits, cocaine proved to be highly addictive and created a drug epidemic in the 1980s....

What Cocaine Does to Your Brain Chemistry

Medical professionals are learning more and more about how cocaine affects brain chemistry, and the results are alarming. Cocaine abuse can cause chemical imbalances in the brain, which can lead to euphoria or a high that is typically experienced. The brain’s neurons send and receive neurotransmitters,...

Three Dangerous Complications of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a highly addictive illicit drug that is classified as stimulant. The term “stimulant” refers to substances that have the ability to temporarily improve mental and physical functions. Cocaine is addictive due to the way it affects the body’s reward system. Abusing cocaine leads to feelings of...

Lasting Financial Effects of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine addiction causes many problems that can be difficult for the addict and his loved ones to overcome. Relationships, career success and physical and mental health can all suffer due to the compulsive need to use cocaine. However, one of the most difficult consequences of cocaine abuse is the financial...

How Cocaine Addiction Influences Children

No matter how severe your cocaine addiction becomes, if you are a mother or father your children will always be a concern for you. Any cocaine abuse will have a negative effect on your children. While the effects of cocaine use may be plain in your everyday life with your children, you should also consider...

The Relationship Between Homelessness and Cocaine Addiction

Homelessness and cocaine addiction are two separate issues that can complicate and aggravate each other. A third problem, mental illness, is sometimes part of the complex as well. When two or three of these problems interact, it can be difficult to tell which problem is the cause and which is the...

How Cocaine Affects Sleep

Cocaine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant. It targets cells in the brain that regulate mood, pleasure and wellbeing, and it affects these cells quite strongly. Someone who uses cocaine may feel euphoric, energetic and alert while under the influence, but this drug can also decrease the need for food...

Hepatitis and Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine abuse comes with a heavy price: many cocaine addicts face consequences in their relationships, finances, mental wellbeing and physical health. Among the many risks of cocaine abuse is the possibility of contracting or developing hepatitis. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and it can be caused...

Stigmas Related to Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction changes people for the worse and affects everyone around the users. This means that other people can easily make snap judgments about the causes of cocaine abuse without considering the addict’s personal story. By doing this, stigmas can form and spread to people all over the country....

How Cocaine Addiction Affects Communities

Cocaine is second only to narcotic painkillers when it comes to drug-related emergency room visits. According to the government’s 2010 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report, cocaine accounted for twice as many medical emergencies as heroin and led all illicit drugs with nearly half a million...

Unintentional Cocaine Dependence

The initial use of cocaine makes people feel euphoric and energetic, but even the first use can yield a wide range of side effects including the following: Runny nose, nose bleed and sniffing Tremors and chills Perspiration Hyper activity Elevated speech pattern A suppressed appetite Difficulty falling...

Why Does Cocaine Addiction Escalate?

People who use cocaine do not generally begin this habit to become addicted. They believe they can limit their consumption and maintain self-control. However, despite these intentions, cocaine abuse tends to create an addiction, and there are a number of biological reasons for this progression. How Cocaine...

Potential High-Dose Risks of Cocaine

Cocaine is a stimulant, and its effects are the opposite of central nervous system (CNS) depressants like alcohol, opiates and barbiturates. CNS depressants slow down physical and mental functions and can cause overdose death through suppression of breathing. Stimulants excite the nervous system and produce...

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