Cocaine on the Brain

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Ranking addictive substances based on pleasure, psychological dependence, and physical dependence, the five most addictive substances are heroin, cocaine, nicotine, opioids, and alcohol. Cocaine being the second most addictive substance. Eighteen to twenty-five-year-olds have the highest rates of cocaine use in the United States. In 2014, 913,000 Americans fell within the criteria for individuals abusing and having a dependence for cocaine. Use of cocaine creates sensations of energy, mental alertness, becoming more talkative, and extreme sensitivity to light, sound and touch.

Don’t let the sensations fool you. Symptoms of cocaine use include the body releasing a large amount of dopamine and then this creates the euphoric sensations and affects the memory centers of the brain. How an individual uses the drug affects the effects of it as well. Snorting and smoking the drug, brings it into the lungs, and then into the blood stream. The effects of smoking cocaine are stronger than the effects of snorting it. It is brought into the blood stream quicker and the sensations of the drugs are felt stronger, but only last for about five to ten minutes. The effects of snorting cocaine only last between fifteen to thirty minutes.

Is cocaine addicting? Any cocaine use is dangerous.  Use leads to cocaine addiction with psychological and physical dependence. Large doses of cocaine can lead to an overdose. This could result in nausea, headaches, seizures, irregular heartbeat, erratic and violent behavior. Along with the cocaine side effects, stress contributes to the use of cocaine. This combination of cocaine use to combat stress leads to cocaine addiction and relapse.

Schick Shadel offers a medical-based addiction treatment for cocaine addicts.

Our team of medical professionals at Schick Shadel Hospital have helped more than 68,000 people in the past 80 years using a medical approach to beat addictions for drugs such as opiates, methamphetamine, alcohol, marijuana, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call us at (800) 272-8464 to speak with one of our intake specialists to learn more about our counter conditioning method, or fill out our online form to send us a confidential message to begin your process of seeking help. Your call and information is always 100% confidential.


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