Cocaine was a drug that was popular in the 80’s. It was a sort of glamorous drug to use at parties, at small social gatherings, or before going out to the clubs. However, more and more research reveals that cocaine is entirely dangerous and incredibly addictive. It is, in fact, one of the most dangerous drugs known to man.
What makes it so dangerous is that once a person begins taking it, it becomes more and more impossible to become free of its grip. A physical and psychological dependence quickly develops. In fact, there was an experiment in the 80’s that seemed to highlighted exactly what cocaine can do. The experiment took a rat and placed it alone in a cage. It then placed two bottles of water from which the rat could drink – plain water and water injected with cocaine. Once the rat tasted the water with cocaine, it continued to go back again and again and again, until it was dead.
This experiment was shown in a television ad sponsored by a Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The ad explained: “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead. It’s called cocaine. And it can do the same thing to you.” Just like the rat, people will continue to return to cocaine again and again until something stops them. For many people, this is the lack of money to buy more. And for others it’s death.
The intoxication of ingesting cocaine includes feeling very alert, excited, powerful, and happy. Some users of cocaine describe its euphoria as equivalent to orgasm. However, the euphoria of being high on cocaine can also bring feelings of suspicion and paranoia. In fact, after awhile the high might produce anxious feelings, compulsive and repetitive behaviors, and seeing flashes of light or hallucinations.
Cocaine has significant effects on the brain and it is particularly addictive, as already mentioned, more so than any other amphetamine. Use of cocaine stimulates key receptors in the brain that, in turn, create a euphoria that is hard to ignore. Furthermore, users quickly develop a tolerance to the high, therefore, needing more and more cocaine in order to experience the same high they once did. Cocaine releases chemicals in the brain that lead to higher blood pressure, a faster heartbeat, dilation of the pupils, chills, and muscular palpitations. And with high doses, cocaine can cause a cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, or seizure.
Unfortunately, cocaine is a worldwide, multibillion-dollar business that affects people around the globe, regardless of age, economic status, or gender. If you or someone you know is using cocaine, getting professional support is vital. In fact, with cocaine, it will be important to have an extensive amount of help. This may include living at a residential treatment center, working with a therapist/psychologist, working with a doctor, and attending Cocaine Anonymous meetings.
If you’re struggling with an addiction to cocaine and you’re ready to put an end to your substance use, contact a mental health professional today.
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