Cocaine and the Brain

Cocaine is a very addictive stimulant drug made from the coca plant, it is believed to be more psychologically than physically addictive because of the chemical impact it has on the brain and the pleasure symptoms it produces. The cocaine produces very high levels of dopamine in the body, this impacts on the chemicals effect on the brain, too much dopamine builds up and stops the normal chemical communications in the body, the dopamine, doesn’t get correctly used or recycled producing the much desire symptoms, but also causing the brain to need more and more cocaine or dopamine to have the same impact, thus creating an addiction. The effects of cocaine use are alertness, feeing intensely happy and excited, increased confidence, extremely awake, increased attention and energy levels, increased sensitivity to sound, sight, and touch. It makes you chattier, at the top of your game, more animated, arrogant, agitated, restless, less hungry and sometimes an increased sex drive. It also makes you feel hot (increasing your body temperature), increase anger or irritability, anxious, paranoid, panicked, feel sick and makes your heart beat faster, it can slow down thinking and reaction times, plus making it harder to sleep. These effects last about 10 to 30 minutes depending on the ingestion method.

What Happens If You Do Cocaine Once: Side Effects & Risks

However, side effects can include heart attacks, stokes, headaches, convulsions, seizures, and mood issues. Physical issues due to the ingestion method can be loss of nose cartridge and loss of smell if snorted, lung disease and swallowing issue if smoked, hepatitis, HIV, ulcers, abscess if injected. The withdrawal or comedown effects include: Paranoid, Run Down, Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Trouble concentrating, Increased hunger, Cravings for the drug, Nightmares, Chills, Nerve pain, Muscle aches. Most effective treatment is detox or rehabilitation and counselling, there are currently no medical alternative replacement drugs to help with withdrawal as there are for heroin addiction.

If you’d like some face to face counselling in the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme or Staffordshire area please do contact Wright Minds at laura@wrightminds.co.uk or on 07598810304