Men and Cocaine Abuse

According to the 1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, men report a higher rate of cocaine abuse than women. While cocaine abuse can occur in any person, certain factors increase the rate of abuse among men. However, men can quit cocaine with the right support, so learn how to recognize and treat this addiction to help yourself or a man you care about.

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a central nervous system stimulant that increases the brain’s levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. Because of this, many men abuse cocaine to feel euphoria, pain relief and decreased appetite. Cocaine is available as a fine white powder that may be snorted or dissolved in water for injection. The drug quickly produces a high, as people may feel effects within 5 minutes of snorting it or within 30 seconds of injecting it.

Why Men Abuse Cocaine

While women are likely to use drugs to treat stress, men are more likely to use drugs for social reasons. Social cocaine abuse occurs much more commonly than stress-related use, which means that more people use drugs to relax or enjoy themselves. Also, many people often associate social drug abuse with lowered risks, as opposed to stress-related abuse. This misconception also contributes to increased drug abuse in men.

Dangers of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine use can lead to several health consequences. Many consequences occur as a direct result of snorting, like nosebleeds, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness and loss of sense of smell. Snorting is the most common method of cocaine intake, though it may also be dissolved and injected into a vein. Injection of cocaine can lead to severe infections in the blood as well as quick overdose.

Furthermore, cocaine is highly addictive. Recreational use can quickly lead to an addiction, which creates extreme cravings for further use. These cravings drive addicts to dangerous measures to acquire more of the drug, like buying street drugs which could be any substance, stealing for money to buy drugs and driving while intoxicated to get home after using.

Many cocaine addicts become hooked as they grow tolerant of cocaine’s effects, so they use greater amounts to achieve the same euphoria. Heightened doses of cocaine may lead to overdose and possibly death, so if users do not become addicted by increasing their doses, they certainly risk their lives while doing so. Some cocaine users mix the drug with alcohol for stronger effects, but when the liver processes cocaine and alcohol the same time, a byproduct called coca-ethylene is produced, which is quite toxic and harmful to the cardiovascular system. Because men are more likely to use cocaine in social settings, combination with alcohol is more likely to take place, so men run great health risks with cocaine abuse.

Helping Men Cocaine Addicts

If you or a man you know is addicted to cocaine, seek help now. Call our toll-free helpline now, because our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about cocaine addiction and treatment. Recovery is possible with the right help.

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