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Information About Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. This plant is native to South America. Cocaine users often snort the drug in powder form up their nostrils. Cocaine is also mixed with another substance to form a “rock,” also known as crack.

Crack cocaine can be smoked, injected intravenously or sprayed up the nose. Some individuals use cocaine regularly to get through the day at work. Others use the drug just to stay awake. Some partygoers use the drug during social occasions or on weekends by mixing coke with alcohol and other drugs. Whether cocaine use is compulsive or a regular habit, all cocaine use is dangerous. There is no safe way to use cocaine.Even a first time user can experience an acute cardiovascular emergency that results in coma or instant death.

Causes of Addiction

There are some factors to consider regarding cocaine addiction. One is the genetic disposition to participate in addictive or compulsive behavior.

Exposure to drugs in a person’s social or cultural environment can alter both gene expression and gene function. This may lead to substance abuse issues throughout a person’s life.[1] Another issue to consider is stress. If an individual faces a lot of tight deadlines,he or she may turn to cocaine as a way to cope. Cocaine gives the user high energy levels and the feeling that eating or sleeping is unnecessary.

Unfortunately, the euphoric heightened sensation that comes with the first line of cocaine quickly dissipates.The user then craves more of the drug. Many negative emotions can result as well, such as paranoia, irritability and depression.

At The Canyon, our staff knows that people with co-occurring disorders (mental, emotional or psychiatric disorders) must treat both addiction and other issues simultaneously. Without treatment for both problems, cocaine addicts have a higher chance of relapse when they leave drug rehab.

Harmful Effects

harmful effects of cocaineRegular use of cocaine leads to a number of adverse effects. Some of these side effects can vary according to the method of ingestion. For example, if snorting is the usual method of using cocaine, the user will eventually lose their sensitivityto smell, experience frequent nosebleeds and have a runny nose. He or she will also experience sore throats and inflammation of the nasal septum.

For those who inject cocaine, poor blood circulation, bowel gangrene and allergic reactions may result. There is also a risk of exposure to diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV. Any use of cocaine can lead to heart attack, coma or death. In fact, the most common combination of two drugs that results in death is cocaine and alcohol.[2]

Again, please keep in mind that cocaine use is not safe for any reason. If you are addicted to cocaine or use cocaine on a regular basis, it is important to get help. The Canyon offers the highest quality care available to help you live a healthy life without substance abuse. Call today and set up an appointment to see if The Canyon in Malibu, California is right for you or your loved one.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/genetics-epigenetics-addiction Genetics and Epigenetics of Addiction.

[2] https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/cocaine Cocaine.

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