Cocaine Addiction

Carl Arrogante, a family therapist and addiction specialist, discusses Cocaine Addiction in this Special Report.

What is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful, addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain.

Cocaine is generally sold in the street as a fine, white crystalline powder also known as coke, c, snow, flake, or blow.

Street dealers generally dilute cocaine by inserting substances such as corn starch, talcum powder, or sugar.



Cocaine Addiction

What are the effects of cocaine?

The drug creates a strong sense of exhilaration. Users generally feel invincible, carefree, alert, euphoric and have a lot of energy.

This is usually followed by agitation, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and a decreased appetite.

The effects of cocaine generally lasts about two hours.

What is cocaine addiction and abuse?

Cocaine is highly addictive leaving users with an overwhelming craving for the drug.

Repeated cocaine abuse can lead to addiction and chronic, repeated disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use which is accompanied by chemical and molecular changes in the brain.

Sometimes these changes persist long after cocaine use is stopped.

What are the side effects of cocaine?

Agitation, dilated pupils, dizziness, headache, increased sweating, nausea, nervous ticks, numbness, stomach pain, tremors, trouble breathing, and muscle weakness.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of cocaine?

Chronic chest pain, phlegm cough, muscle spasms, and insomnia.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Addiction



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