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Cocaine Addiction


Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine has tremendous addictive potential, partly because its “high” or euphoria usually lasts no more than an hour, after which the user craves to use it again, leading to periods of bingeing, during which time the user may stay awake for a few days or more at a time.

This euphoria is usually followed by a “come down”, which is a period of depression and acute dysphoria. This is what often leads to cocaine addiction.

 

The coca leaf is the source of cocaine, which has been chewed in its original form by indigenous people for thousands of years. The effects of the leaf were well known and documented even before its sulfate form was isolated. Modern documentation indicates that prolonged coca leaf chewing could have similar effects as cocaine in its purest form. The indigenous people who chewed the coca leaf have shown extra energy and awareness.

 

SYMPTOMS OF COCAINE:

Cocaine can destroy a person’s life very quickly because he/she could develop a cocaine addiction in a very short time. Symptoms of cocaine aren’t subtle; they include:

 

  • Bruxism, which is teeth grinding
  • Formication, which means having a false crawling sensation on the skin
  • Hyperactivity
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Increased libido

 

COCAINE WITHDRAWAL:

A person will experience cocaine withdrawal symptoms above and beyond the initial “come down” when he/she abruptly stops prolonged cocaine use. These symptoms include depression, severe fatigue, cravings, increased appetite and lethargy. Mood disturbances, addiction, restlessness, paranoia, auditory hallucinations and irritability are some of the other long-term effects of cocaine.

 

COCAINE TREATMENT:

Even though there are numerous medical, psychological and nutritional treatments for cocaine that are usually offered in treatment centers and address addiction and recovery, but there isn’t consensus among experts that one treatment is better than the rest. However, recent research has strongly suggested that a carefully structured, personally tailored and professionally orchestrated synthesis of all three is the most hopeful and effective cocaine treatment.

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Prepared By: Dr. Mehyar Al-Khashroum
Edited By: Miss  Araz Kahvedjian


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