Young adults ages 18 - 25 use the most crack and cocaine of any other age group according to data from a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Unfortunately, still to this day many adults believe that cocaine is harmless and non-addictive. Some think of it as a harmless party drug because it gives them feelings of euphoria, energy and sociability. Users often report feeling hypersensitive to lights, sounds and touch. This group of party seekers believe they can successfully manage their recreational cocaine use but it often turns into addiction problems. The use of cocaine brings on inevitable lows, with fatigue and irritability that follows a brief high. If you have a cocaine problem please call our drug rehab Raleigh NC facility - Legacy Freedom Treatment Center. Our holistic approach to recovery means we don't believe in using drugs to treat a drug problem.
Besides addiction issues, cocaine use also carries significant risks of health problems. Excessive cocaine abuse can result in seizures, heart attacks, and sometimes even death.
A few years ago, the American Heart Association reported on a study performed by the Sydney Medical School in Australia in 2012. The data found that otherwise healthy, young professional adults that used cocaine in a “social” manner, regularly, had a substantially increased risk of suffering from a heart attack. This group of cocaine users also had higher blood pressure, more constricted blood vessels and stiffer arteries than their non-cocaine using peers.
Continued cocaine abuse may also lead to:
- Behavioral and psychological changes and problems
- Gangrene of the bowels due to reduced blood flow
- Irritation of the nasal passages
- Weight loss from malnutrition
- Gastrointestinal issues
Why is cocaine addictive?
Cocaine is addictive because it is a drug that compromises the brain’s dopamine reward system. The brain will stop responding to natural rewards, and will replace the natural process with cravings for the drug instead. It does not matter if a user takes cocaine orally, intravenously or by smoking or snorting - the drug is equally as addicting. Long-term users also report feeling paranoid, and depressed once they have stopped using the drug and the cravings can last for months and even years. Each time cocaine is used, the user develops a tolerance. This often creates binge situations where addicts will use over and over to achieve the same level high throughout their night, or weekend.
Adults will often mix cocaine with other drugs. These can be alcohol, marijuana, or heroin. Mixing with heroin is called a “speedball.” Users will often drink alcohol during, and when coming down from cocaine, in an attempt to enhance sexual drive. They also often turn to pot to try come down and sleep. Overall, it appears that mixing alcohol with cocaine is the most common. Mixing drugs with alcohol is also the leading cause of drug-related deaths.
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