Cocaine’s Effects on the Body & Brain

How the Body Is Impacted

As a stimulant, cocaine produces the feeling of pleasure in your body by mimicking and sending chemical messages to your brain. This artificial feeling may be referred to as a “high” or euphoria. The chemicals in cocaine create positive, euphoric feelings in response to the signals sent. The body will begin to crave these feelings, eventually growing dependent on the immediate high produced. As time goes on, cocaine begins to replace normal, basic needs, including eating, socialization, and other factors. Other survival feelings are ignored or disregarded as more confidence and dependence is placed on the drug. Eventually, a person will become totally fixated on cocaine, sparing no concern for all other areas in their life.

How the Brain Is Impacted

Most cocaine users experience a bigger high on the first dose than on all subsequent ones. This means they will continually be chasing that first “high” due to the drug’s ability to suppress and deplete the brain’s production of the regular chemical messenger for euphoric or positive feelings. Over time, the brain will adapt to the use of cocaine by cutting back on the production of this messenger, requiring more and more of the drug to produce a similar high. As the individual uses increased amounts to chase the high, they will eventually reach a crashing point. Furthermore, the higher amount of cocaine used, the greater risk for toxic and damaging effects on the brain.

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