Cocaine is a powerful stimulant made from the leaves of the Coca plant. Common effects of cocaine include:
A feeling of euphoria, higher than normal amounts of energy, an elevated mood, and an inflated sense of self-worth. The feelings of euphoria are often so intense that many people begin to have an equally intense desire to experience the high over and over again. As a result, people that abuse cocaine often go on “binges” when they use. During a “binge”, they may consume large amounts of cocaine in a short amount of time while ignoring all of their normal routines and responsibilities. Unfortunately, these binges can create significant consequences and can lead to addiction. Some of the common signs of cocaine addiction include:
- Consuming larger quantities of cocaine than was intended.
- An inability to control or limit the use of cocaine.
- Spending significant amounts of time seeking, using, or recovering from the use of cocaine.
- Craving cocaine
- Ignoring work, home, school or family in order to use cocaine.
- Using in spite of the consequences of using the cocaine.
- Increase in tolerance of cocaine.
When taken on a regular basis, cocaine can also lead to paranoia, high blood pressure, panic attacks, cognitive impairment, and personality changes. Cocaine can also lead to strokes or heart attacks if taken in significantly large amounts.
If you or someone you know is struggling with cocaine addiction, New Dimensions can help.
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