Cocaine is a strong central nervous system stimulant that increases levels of dopamine, a brain chemical (or neurotransmitter) associated with pleasure and movement, in the brain’s reward circuit. The purified extract from the leaves of the Erythroxylum coca bush can be snorted, and dissolved in water and injected. Most people have this misconception that recreational usage of cocaine is acceptable. They are absolutely wrong; recreational use will unquestionably lead to addiction. The effects this drug has on the body and the mind can be lethal. The first time you use cocaine you will automatically begin to see the short term effects of this drug.
These effects include increased heart rate, dilated pupils, decreased appetite, increased body temperature, and even constricted blood vessels. Long term effects can range from heart problems to auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and much more. The repeated use of cocaine will alter the user’s brain chemistry causing long-term changes in the brain’s reward systems that are emotionally devastating. People coming off this drug may experience irritability, lethargy and tiredness, depression, suicidal thoughts, and more. Because this stimulant increases the levels of dopamine in the brain, the brain actually stops making its own “feel good” chemicals. It takes about 25-30 days of getting proper rest, eating right, and of course staying off drugs for your brain to begin to produce those chemicals by itself again. Even though your brain is back to normal you maybe still experience cravings even 3-5 days after being off of this drug. Drugs such as cocaine actually store in your fatty tissue, so anytime your heart rate rises these drugs could be released into your system, triggering a craving. The only way to really rid your body of these toxins is to do a sauna detox, so you sweat out all of those toxins which trigger cravings. There are many cocaine rehab programs that offer real help, and handle this addiction effectively. Please call (800) 469-6933.