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Cocaine Addiction

Everyone knows cocaine is bad for you, so why is cocaine addiction so pervasive? Cocaine produces an intense, short-lived euphoria that can make users feel more energetic. The effects of cocaine are immediate, extremely pleasurable and brief, making cocaine addiction seem a manageable prospect for some. However, cocaine addiction is serious and can be deadly.

In addition to other gratifying effects, such as wakefulness, reduced hunger and feelings of well-being and power, cocaine addiction can also cause negative effects, such as anxiety and restlessness. As the cocaine wears off, these temporary sensations are replaced with intense depression, causing the drug abuser to “crash” and become lethargic, often sleeping for several days. This behavior can, in turn, do irreparable damage to the user’s social, work and family life.

Cocaine addiction can occur very quickly and be very difficult to break. According to studies performed on laboratory animals addicted to cocaine, animals will press a bar over 10,000 times for a single injection of cocaine. Test animals also choose cocaine over food and water, taking cocaine even when scientists punished the behavior. To prevent them from taking toxic or even lethal doses, scientists had to limit their test subjects’ access to cocaine.

People with cocaine addiction tend to behave similarly, going to great lengths to get cocaine and continue to take it even when damaging their bodies, destroys their friendships and family relationships and hurts their school or job performance. Those with cocaine addiction will do anything to get the drug, even lying, stealing and committing crimes so they can “score.”

Cocaine addiction can be difficult to overcome. Attempts to stop using cocaine often fail simply because the resulting depression can be overwhelming, causing the addict to use more cocaine in an attempt to overcome his depression.

If cocaine addiction might be a problem for you or someone you love, we encourage you to give NIR a call today to learn more about our intervention referral options.

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