Cocaine Addiction Information
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mental illnessCocaine has been an illicit drug since 1914, and for good reason. Not only does it have little to no medical value, its side effects are various and sundry. Perhaps the most significant consequences of cocaine addiction are those that affect the mind. Here are seven mental disorders that can be induced by cocaine.

Abuse and Dependence

Cocaine abuse has a negative mental impact in a number of ways. First of all, the fact that the user sacrifices his own happiness for the drug is, in itself, a mental conundrum. Cocaine users neglect personal responsibilities, leave their families, make desperate financial moves, and even put themselves in physical danger just to use the substance.

Intoxication Delirium

Cocaine is a psychoactive substance, meaning that it produces various changes in the mind. One of the most common is caused by mere cocaine intoxication–in other words, being high on coke.

The delirium produced by cocaine disrupts focus and attention so severely that questions may need to be repeated several times. Because the mind wanders so dramatically, he may need several repetitions in order to have enough time to focus on the answer. He can become distracted by minor, unrelated things and, in severe cases, he may not even know who he is or where he is.

Cocaine Withdrawal

Cocaine withdrawal rarely has visible physical symptoms like vomiting and shaking, as in the case of heroin or alcohol withdrawal. The mental side effects from cocaine withdrawal include fatigue, lack of pleasure, anxiety, irritability, agitation and paranoia. It also produces severe cravings. Many of the symptoms of cocaine withdrawal are far worse than other drug withdrawals.

Delusions and Hallucination

Within a month of intoxication or withdrawal from cocaine, the user can experience delusions. A person suffering from such delusions holds on to his beliefs no matter what evidence there is to the contrary. This may or may not be clear to others right away.

A more severe form of this involves hallucinations. In this case, the cocaine user actually begins to see or hear things that are not real.

Mood Problems

Whether the person is on cocaine or withdrawing from it, he can experience severe mood problems. He may be overcome by anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions or compulsions. He may feel intense apathy, depression or irritability.

Sexual Dysfunction

Problems in this area can range from decreased sexual desire, impaired arousal, impaired orgasm, or even sexual pain.

Cocaine-Induced Sleep Disorder

Cocaine affects the part of the brain that monitors pleasure, but it short circuits it so much that the user no longer seeks pleasure, just cocaine. This also affects sleep. A cocaine user suffering from sleep disorder (which is common) takes longer to fall asleep, experiences much less deep sleep, and becomes sleep deprived. This can produce a number of mental side effects including anxiety, depression, and an inability to concentrate during the day.

The Solution

As you can see, cocaine has quite an impact on the mind. However hopeless it may seem, though, there are natural ways to help a cocaine addict back to sobriety and free from the mental anguish caused by cocaine.

The mental difficulties caused by cocaine are a result of the body being overloaded by toxins and robbed of vitamins and minerals. This lack of nutrients is known to produce serious depression, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and more. A precise vitamin regimen issued by a professional is often a gentler way of easing an addict off cocaine. Exercise helps to get the blood flowing, expel toxins, and help the nutrients reach all the cells.