Why Is Cocaine Addictive?

As a stimulant, cocaine provides the feeling of pleasure, energy, and euphoria to a user. This is done through a false chemical implant, first on the physical level of a person’s body, then on the psychological level within their mind. They begin to place total confidence in cocaine, replacing all other survival feelings. Eventually, people, interests, careers, and everything else will fade away in importance.

This happens because cocaine takes over the body’s normal reward system, which could provide positive feelings through other means before. However, once cocaine takes over, this becomes the only means a person believes they can find the “high” again.

Eating, relationships, even sleeping all take the backseat to cocaine. If these things interfere with the use of cocaine at all, they are resented and often let go. During the early cycle of abuse cocaine will begin to leave small impressions on the memory. However, as the cycle continues to suppress the person’s natural chemistry, the body receives a greater feeling of pleasure until it becomes a “need” for the person. This turns cocaine to something that not only produces pleasurable feelings, but something that is “required” for survival, creating psychological dependence.

Are there cocaine withdrawal symptoms?

While the length and amount of cocaine usage will impact the seriousness of withdrawal symptoms and individual faces, they are common for all users. The severity of the symptoms will likely depend on the extent of damage caused to the person’s reward system, which the chemicals in cocaine create a false imprint on.

There are numerous symptoms that may occur due to withdrawal, including:

  • Cocaine craving
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Loss of sleep and energy
  • Depression and fearfulness
  • Trouble sleeping and getting enough rest
  • Nausea, palpitations, sweating, and hyperventilation
  • Increased appetite

With medically assisted detox, these symptoms can be handled and eliminated much more quickly. Schick Shadel can provide the medical and emotional support you need as you combat your addiction through detox and drug rehabilitation.

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