Cocaine Tolerance and Abuse

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is illegal in the United States. It can be crushed and snorted, injected or smoked. Cocaine was used for medical purposes including as an anesthetic for ear, nose and throat surgeries and for stopping nosebleeds, but in terms of medical use the cons outweigh the pros. Cocaine is typically used recreationally to receive a high, reduce hunger and sleepiness and increase energy and excitement.

Cocaine Tolerance, Dependence and Addiction

We may think of drug tolerance as synonymous with drug dependence and drug addiction, but each of these terms differs from the others. If someone is dependent on cocaine, his or her body needs cocaine to function normally. Cocaine tolerance occurs when someone uses cocaine regularly and his or her body gets used to it, so it no longer produces a high. In order to receive the desired effects, the individual has to take more of the drug. A cocaine addiction is a compulsion to use. An individual most likely knows the dangers of cocaine and the negative effect the drug is having on his or her life, but these consequences no longer matter to the user.

How Does Tolerance Affect Cocaine Use?

Because it is an illegal drug, any cocaine use is considered drug abuse. If an individual is using cocaine on a regular basis, he or she will build a tolerance to the drug. This will cause the individual to use more cocaine to try to achieve the high experienced during early cocaine use. Tolerance will continue to increase, so cocaine use will have to increase continually as well. Increased use can lead to an addiction or an overdose. Cocaine addiction is unsafe and can lead to the following:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Damage to the nasal passage
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Liver damage
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures

Because cocaine affects the brain, and the brain is the powerhouse of the entire body, cocaine addiction impairs every organ system in the body.

Cocaine Abuse Help

If you or a loved one is using cocaine, seek help now. Cocaine has an extremely high potential for abuse and addiction which can ultimately lead to death. If you have built up a tolerance to cocaine or are struggling with cocaine abuse, please call our toll-free helpline today. We will help you find a detox and treatment program that matches your need. You can begin to lead a healthy life again. We are here 24 hours a day to help, so please call now.

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