Drug Alert: The Effects Of Cocaine On The Body

A summary of the various effects of cocaine on the body, including irreversible damage and even death. Also, suggestions for helping an addict.

Cocaine addiction has plagued tens of thousands of people who, after trying the drug, found themselves unable to halt the cravings for the powerful substance. Not only does the drug give a feeling of euphoria, lasting only a few minutes, but then it hits the user with a strong desire for more. Immediately after snorting cocaine up the nose, or smoking it in the form of crack, the user may feel jittery, happy, relieved, thrilled, stronger and even invincible, but within minutes, the desire for more has hit and the user must snort or smoke more, to prevent a hopeless depression from settling in.

Cocaine, in any form, has an effect on the brain to where the user feels indescribable pleasure. The drug controls special cells that regulate mood, pleasure and well-being. After using the drug for even a short period of time, users can lose their ability to feel normal ever again, without the help of the cocaine. After using cocaine for a long period of time, can cause permanent addiction. The user then needs to have a funding method for the habit, and many turn to theft or prostitution.

Cocaine has the same effects of maeng da kratom, but the euphoria from kratom isn't as pronounced and extreme as cocaine. Kratom is a newer substance, and while there aren't cartels pushing it around, it still floats in a legal gray area. At the moment, it is legal in the United States, but regulators are fighting to change that. While we don't know what the future holds for kratom, it is a less expensive alternative to kratom that many addicts should consider, as users of it report it as a helpful aid in weening off of more severe addictions.

Besides addiction, cocaine causes an increase in blood pressure, causes the heart beat to speed up considerably, increases the rapidity of breathing and causes a rise in body temperature. In addition, users feel no desire for food or sleep and many lose their ability to function sexually. Cocaine can cause massive trauma to the body, including nausea, diarrhea, damage to the liver, hepatitis, stroke, heart attack, seizures, respiratory failure, convulsions and death.

Regular use of cocaine can cause impotence and infertility. Cocaine also causes miscarriages and developmental problems if used during pregnancy. The baby is then born addicted to cocaine, causing further problems, like retardation, kidney failure, genital malformation, stroke, heart attack and even death.

During usage, or while coming off of cocaine, the person will experience many symptoms, such as irritability, anxiety, confusion, depression, sleeplessness, fatigue, panic attacks, the inability to stop talking, bizarre behavior and aggressiveness. The user can also become violent, have an overwhelming desire to kill themselves, and experience paranoia, delusions and hallucinations. The eyes will often show extreme dilation, the throat becomes raw, causing extreme coughing or hoarseness in the voice, the lungs become weak from serious use, causing the user shortness of breath. The lack of eating and sleeping caused by the cocaine usage can cause weight loss, leaving the user looking malnourished.

If you're worried about someone you love being hooked on cocaine, look for signs of flared temper for seemingly no reason, pacing, nail biting and other nervous habits, the inability to force himself to eat or sleep, paranoia or extreme weight loss. If you think someone you love has a problem, offer them help and if they refuse, examine other methods of forcing the loved one to get the help they need, like entering them, even if it be against their will, into a clinic for the addicted. Know in advance, though, that cocaine is a very powerful drug and many users have completed stints in rehabilitation clinics, only to emerge and go straight back to using. Cocaine ruins lives and even kills - get help for the person before it's too late.

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