Cocaine Addiction Information
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cocaineCocaine is one of the most widely abused psychoactive drugs of this era. It was once known as the caviar of drugs, having only been used by the highest classes. Nowadays marijuana is the most popular (it is even legal in some states and medical facilities). However, cocaine still remains one of the most abused. There are several reasons for cocaine abuse that stretch beyond the mood of the user. Though it is now seen as an illicit drug, people would cringe to know cocaine was once used as a medical treatment.

The history of cocaine dates before the Coca-Cola bottles. In the times of the Incan Empire, the coca leaves were used as a panacea and local anesthetic. In Europe it was even used as an anesthetic for the cornea of the eye. For twenty years cocaine was glamorized as a cure for various diseases and illnesses. The reports eventually became that of people socially abusing cocaine and its medical value was soon denounced as those who used cocaine became more and more criminally active. Today, cocaine is stiull used as an anesthetic for operations in the ear, nose, and throat. It is also used much like marijuana in that it alleviates the pain of terminally ill patients.

Though history reports the uses of cocaine in medical treatment, today it is mostly used as a psychoactive drug. People abuse cocaine for a number of reasons. Stress and depression often lead people to cocaine and other psychoactive drugs because it provides temporary relief from the pains of life. However, once they get the temporary relief they seek, they often find out it is a trap. Coming down from cocaine can lead to terrible side effects – so bad that users eagerly seek the drug again to do away with the withdrawal effects.

The Chemical Make Up of Cocaine

Cocaine is a plant-based drug. Because of its chemical makeup, the body is able to process the drug much faster than other synthetic creations like methamphetamine and K-2 (Spice). In half an hour, half of the drug has already been processed by the body. This is one reason cocaine addicts go on binges – to keep up the high. Peer pressure is also a reason people keep taking cocaine. While at certain parties where “everyone is doing it”, it is not uncommon for a person to feel obligated to not be a party-pooper. Environmental pressure might also be a key reason. There are many families who are stuck and a person might feel like they are trapped and that there is no way out. Taking cocaine might help relieve some of that pressure.

When they are approached about their drug problems, addicts always have one excuse or another. At this point in their lives, they are master manipulators and will even say things to those trying to get them help. One of the main things an addict might say is “I’m not hurting anyone but myself.” In fact, this statement can be true about addictions to many substances, not just cocaine. In this case, though, the statement is just not true. As the Incans and Europeans realized, people who are addicted to cocaine will often turn to criminal activity to be able to afford their high. This puts the public and the environment at great risk. Addicts will steal, break into things, and maybe even kill if their drive is high enough to obtain their next high. It is a dangerous situation for everyone around them. Addicts often are victimizing themselves, having the sense that no one has problems like theirs, that they are on their own, and if anyone else had problems like theirs they would also be using. People run into problems day in and day out. They find all kinds of solutions for them that do not involve putting foreign and harmful substances in their bodies. This is an excuse to keep using.

Like any addiction, cocaine is very difficult to beat. Whether or not it was used as a medicine, people were not meant to use cocaine on their bodies. Otherwise, it would not be so harmful.

References:

http://www.rxlist.com/cocaine-drug/consumer-side-effects-precautions.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2485453