What is cocaine?
Cocaine is a purified extract of the coca plant, producing an intense, relatively short-lived high lasting from thirty minutes to a few hours. Different chemical processes produce the two most common forms of cocaine. Powdered cocaine – commonly known as “coke” or “blow” – can be snorted or injected. Crack cocaine – known as “rock” or “crack” – is made into off-white nuggets which can be smoked.
Cocaine affects the chemistry that influences the brain’s “reward system,” producing feelings of pleasure and euphoria. With continued use, the cocaine user can develop a tolerance requiring increasing amounts of the drug in order to produce the desired effect. Abusers of the drug become psychologically addicted, constantly pursuing its euphoric effects.
Dangers of cocaine addiction
Cocaine use can increase heart rate and blood pressure, causing cardiovascular problems. Because cocaine is sometimes smoked, that form of use comes with other forms of damage to the body, including inhalation of toxic substances which may be added to the cocaine to “cut” it (diluting it with inert ingredients to increase the “rock’s” bulk.) Cocaine use can cause heart attack, stroke, seizures, kidney failure, and respiratory and gastrointestinal damage.
Cocaine addiction causes the same problems as other forms of substance abuse – broken relationships, problems with finances and employment, and legal problems. Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug, and users may face severe criminal prosecution for possession, use or trafficking in cocaine.
Withdrawal from cocaine
The user stopping use of cocaine may experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Since cocaine works by over-stimulating the brain chemicals which produce pleasure, these chemicals are depleted when use of the drug is stopped. During the withdrawal phase, anxiety, hostility, paranoia and depression have been observed as a result of that depletion.
A cocaine addict needs to seek professional and medical assistance before attempting to withdraw from the drug. A medical detoxification program offers the best hope for success for the person who wants to beat his addiction. The reputable cocaine rehab program offered by Transformations Treatment Center will address all the issues that a cocaine addict must face to beat addiction. There the addict will be trained to recognize triggers, relearn behavior to avoid participating in drug use, and will obtain various other tools to beat addiction.
The road to addiction recovery takes immense strength, courage, support and guidance. At Transformations Treatment Center, we can help you. Our homelike residences help us provide a safe and serene campus environment. Transformations’ skilled therapists, their individualized approach to therapy, and our holistic rehabilitation philosophy make Transformations Treatment Center a major improvement over other treatment centers. While others address only the addiction, we help heal the mind, body and spirit of the recovering person.
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