Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaineDrug habits eventually kill their victims. Without the proper care, a drug habit will ultimately be fatal, no matter the person or the drug. Such is true of rock star Michael Hutchence. During a custody battle with the mother of his child, Michael took his own life while under the influence of drugs. The details were recently revealed by Australian detectives.

The detectives reported Hutchence lived a life of depression and was hell bent of self-destruction. Evidence showed that Hutchence was looking for drugs during the last hours of his life. He had several severe burn marks on his fingers, some going all the way down to the bone. Allegedly, Huthcence tried to get some cocaine, but couldn’t so he went through a bin to find some. The singer’s death came during a custody battle with his girlfriend’s husband. It was a situation that Hutchence could stand no more. He was found hanging in his hotel room by a maid. Originally, officials called Hutchence’ death a suicide caused by intense depression. Now, the reports are a bit more accurate.

Cocaine Use Causes Addiction

Cocaine is a plant-based drug that reacts with the brain. There are several methods of intake, including injecting and smoking. The drug does not last long; after half an hour 50 percent of the drug has been filtered out of the body. Because of this, people addicted to cocaine are more apt to go on binges to keep up the high.

Several studies have shown that cocaine addicts operate on a separate intellectual level than their healthier counterparts. Cocaine users are less able to understand the mental perspective of their peers. They show less of an emotional understanding and feeling than their friends. Researchers found that regular cocaine users believe social interaction is not as rewarding as those with the healthy controls. Cocaine causes a specific area of the brain to malfunction, called the orbitofrontal cortex. This area is responsible for the reward system in the body. With continued use, cocaine causes the brain to feel less of a reward from “normal” functions in life. Eventually the user engages in less and less social interactions and leans more and more on the things that have proven to be rewarding – cocaine – with no idea that their habits are causing the problem. Perhaps this is what fuels the constant push for more drugs – perhaps this is why Hutchence was looking for more himself. In the grip of despair, he looked for the one thing that made him happy, even though it was destroying him. This is typical of drug addicts. The person cannot seem to find joy in what they used to, or anything else but cocaine. Because the brain is not functioning in this way, cocaine users are more likely to lose friends and loved ones.

Hutchence girlfriend would not accept the detective’s statements that he hung himself because he wouldn’t be able to see his children. She was adamant that he had died as a result of an accident that happened during sex. She even screamed at detectives in a restaurant, stating that he would strangle her during sex. The detectives had a difficult time speaking with Yates, who checked into a luxury apartment and had succumbed to drinking in her despair. Her life was ended in 2000, a victim of a heroin overdose. She never did accept that Hutchence had killed himself. One reporter stated she did not want her child growing up thinking Hutchence had killed himself because he couldn’t see her. Unfortunately, drugs ended the lives of both parents and the little girl grew up raised by another person.

Reference:

Daily Mail UK – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2560498/Hunting-bins-dregs-cocaine-cigarette-burns-bone-Michael-Hutchence-detectives-reveal-desperate-destructive-final-hours-rock-star-hanged-himself.html