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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction is a psychological and sometimes rather physical dependence that comes from an individual’s need or desire to use cocaine. The psychological desire that individuals who are addicted to cocaine have to use this dangerous drug will often lead them to using so much of the drug that they have very adverse reactions physically, psychologically and on their own families.

Cocaine addiction can cause emotional trauma for families, financial distress, and a range of complications for the user and for their loved ones.

The risk of an individual becoming addicted to cocaine is relatively high. Classified as a Schedule 2 drug by the DEA, cocaine addiction is a risk for just about anyone who abuses the drug.

In fact, according to a landmark study that was published in 2005, the risk of an individual becoming addicted to cocaine after just one use is 5%, this risk increases with each subsequent use of the drug and can elevate to an alarming 90% or more.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction to this powerful stimulant develops easily, in part because the effects of the drug only last for a very short time. To sustain the high, users typically repeatedly take cocaine in a short period of time and at increasingly higher doses.

This leads the user to develop a habit of using the drug over and over again in an effort to continue or to produce the same “high”, leading to addictive behaviors quickly.

Short term effects of cocaine abuse include:

  • Cardiovascular problems
  • heart rhythm disturbances
  • heart attack
  • chest pain
  • neurological effects such a strokes or seizures
  • loss of appetite
  • headaches
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • nosebleeds
  • difficulty swallowing
  • hoarse throat or voice
  • runny nose
  • sinus infections