Cocaine Addiction Information
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factsCocaine, a white powder derived from the leaves of the South American coca plant, rose to high popularity in America in the 1970s, when it was considered the drug of choice for working professionals, but the drug has actually been in use for much longer. In fact, the leaves of the coca plant were chewed by ancient Incas over five thousand years ago in an effort to stimulate their respiration and heart rate in the thin mountain air. The stimulating effects of this drug allows individuals to remain awake and alert for longer periods of time, which is one of the reasons it has been associated with life in the fast lane. Unfortunately, individuals who fail to understand the true dangers of this drug may be swept up in its use and fall victim to addiction and health problems as a results.

Cocaine Myths and Facts

In most cases, an individual turns to drug use when they feel that drugs will help them in some way. When it comes to cocaine, the individual may be under the impression that some of the myths spread about this drug substance are actually facts. Following are three common cocaine myths, and the facts to counter them.

Myth # 1: Using cocaine a few times won’t hurt because it takes a long time to get hooked. Fact: There is always a risk associated with the use of any drug substance and even a single dose of cocaine can lead to complications, health issues or addiction. Powder cocaine is normally produced and sold as a white powder, but suppliers can mix it with other similar-looking powders in order to benefit financially. Crack cocaine, a hardened form of smokable cocaine that is made by heating powder cocaine with baking soda and water, can also contain impurities and added substances. This means that the individual never knows exactly what they are buying. It also means that an individual who grows tolerant of a certain amount of cocaine may then try to increase their cocaine use, and experience a fatal overdose if the purity of one powder or crack rock is much higher than another. These other added substances can also have dangerous side effects that are themselves fatal for the user.

Myth #2: Cocaine is natural, safe and has no side effects. Fact: Cocaine is not safe and has a long list of dangerous physical, mental and emotional side effects. It may be true that cocaine is derived from a natural substance, but this does not mean that smoking or injecting a processed version of a natural substance is safe or healthy to an individual. Cocaine use can lead to tremors, convulsions, loss of appetite, increased heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and body temperature, disturbed sleep patterns, nausea, bizarre and erratic behavior, hallucinations – including the tactile hallucination of bugs crawling under the skin, irritability, anxiety, paranoia, weight loss, severe tooth decay, depression, disorientation, infections, heart attack, stroke, psychosis and death.

Myth #3: Cocaine helps you to perform better physically. Fact: Cocaine use can cause an individual to desire and participate in increased sexual activity, and this can lead to high-risk sexual encounters such as having unprotected sex with multiple partners. An individual may also feel that the stimulating effects of cocaine use can cause them to perform better athletically or even on their job. However, over time cocaine use can lead to impotence and loss of interest in sex, as well as physical damages that affect an individual’s ability to perform athletically. Obviously, if an employer discovers one’s cocaine use it can cost them their job.

Real Solutions

The individual who turns to cocaine use is looking for solutions to problems, and he normally fails to recognize the fact that cocaine use not only fails to solve these problems, but it creates a host of new ones. It is far better and healthier for the individual to get help in finding real solutions to their life problems.