What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a reliable and powerful drug found in crystal form and is white. It is referred to as one of the most dangerous drugs known. It is extracted from leaves of the Cocoa plant in South America and then mixed with white powdered substances. Cocaine was originally used as a medicine to relieve pain and as a local anaesthetic in surgeries but soon was being used as a drug. Recreational use of Cocaine is illegal, but still, it is one of the most abused drugs.
How is this drug taken?
Cocaine is generally inhaled orally by sniffed through the nose. It then gets absorbed in the blood through the nasal tissues and then runs through the bloodstream. Some addicts also rum it against their gums, injector even smokes it. Out of all the above ways, inhaling is regarded as the riskiest one.
Effects of Cocaine
Cocaine increases the intensity and vitality of a person. It gives an energetic feeling, making the body feel full of strength and high spirit. It increases the mental awareness and emotions of the person. The sensory organs become hyperactive, thus increasing sensitivity to touch, taste and smell. Loss of appetite, increased heart rate, dilated pupils, nausea, energetic, irregular and decreased sleep patterns are some of the early ill effects of Cocaine on the addict’s health. Cocaine has some serious health hazards. Most prominent ones are listed below:
● Severe dental issues.
● Permanent damage to blood vessels.
● Chronic disorders or damage to liver, kidneys, and lungs.
● High risk of infections like pneumonia.
Psychological Effects of Cocaine
Cocaine is regarded as one of the most addicting drugs. A person taking this drug very soon becomes an addict. It affects both the mental and physical ability. The side effects do not end with physical and psychological hazards, but also affects the personal life, relationships and profession of the drug user. Addicts often develop schizophrenic traits and behaviours. Delusional episodes are often noticed.
Other effects of Cocaine on human behaviour and habits are:
● Mood Swings
● A feeling of distrust on others
● Violent behaviour
● Suicidal thoughts
Physical and Health hazards
● If the addict takes the drug orally, via the nostrils, then in no time the nasal tissues are damaged with chronic damage.
● Nosebleeds, loss of smell and frequent rising pain around the nasal cavity is seen.
● Hoarseness: The person may lose his ability to speak fluently.
● Severe brain damage.
● I have raised body temperature.
● I have increased heart race.
● Gastrointestinal damage leading to ulcers in the stomach and other organs in the digestive system.
● I have an impaired immune system.
The body of an addict soon builds up a tolerance against the drug. In that case, the addict tends to increase the dose of the medicine. An overdose can lead to coma or even death of the individual. If taken during pregnancy, the drug runs in the child right from his birth. Such a born often has dysfunctional body organs and health issues from his birth.
Quitting Cocaine is very difficult. A person needs specialized help and assistance for this. Leaving the drug without rehab or support is almost impossible. There are many rehabs and addiction centres available that have specialized programs for all stages of action and provide professional help to the addict. Their programs include seminars, group therapies, and discussions, and detox programs. Such places specialize in dealing with withdrawal phase so that the person can get the drug out of his system. The emotional confidence is also build up so that the addict has strong willpower to stay away from the drug even after his rehab program.