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 over activity of physical and mental functions. Death from cocaine overdose is usually due to cardiac arrest.

Cocaine does not produce physical dependence, but it is psychologically addictive. The drug triggers cravings for more almost immediately after use. An overpowering addiction to cocaine can occur rapidly, and using larger doses of the drug increases the chance of becoming addicted. Addicted users experience intense cravings and will often binge on cocaine by using a large amount in a short period of time. Any cocaine use is dangerous, but binging leaves the user vulnerable to the most serious effects of the drug including overdose death.

Physical Effects of High Doses of Cocaine

The possible adverse physical effects of cocaine use include the following:

  • Hyperthermia
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Brain hemorrhage
  • Cardiac arrest

Any of these conditions may prove fatal. Higher doses of cocaine increase the likelihood of experiencing adverse effects and will also increase their severity.

Psychological Effects of High Doses of Cocaine

Cocaine use carries the risk of serious adverse psychological effects. The odds of experiencing adverse psychological effects and the severity of the effects increase greatly with higher doses of the drug. The possible adverse psychological effects of cocaine use include the following:

  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis

Psychosis is seen so regularly in persons addicted to cocaine or other stimulants that it has its own sub category known as stimulant psychosis. Cocaine may produce psychosis in a person with no history or predisposition and may trigger the condition in someone who is predisposed.

Treating Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction is a debilitating and destructive condition. Cocaine users and addicts experience many negative effects of their drug use. Cocaine addicts often do the following:

  • Endanger their health and their lives
  • Have financial difficulty or legal troubles
  • Experience problems at work
  • Have difficulty meeting their responsibilities
  • Experience family problems and difficulty with interpersonal relationships

Heavy cocaine use may lead to overdose, death or psychological problems serious enough to necessitate emergency help.

Drug use often indicates the existence of underlying psychological or emotional issues. Although people may use drugs to escape from problems, drug use makes the problems worse in the long run. Counseling for cocaine addiction can help the patient do the following:

  • Address and resolve the psychological and emotional issues that led to drug use and addiction
  • Learn new patterns of living
  • Find healthier, more productive methods of coping with stress

End the Risks of Cocaine Abuse

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