Cocaine Facts

Cocaine is a stimulant that influences the central nervous system. It is derived from the coca plant that is found in South America. The substance begins as a paste that is dried out and to make a crystalline white powder that often is modified with sugar and/or baking soda.

Street Names

Street names for cocaine include crack, rock, cain, flake, bump, candy, sneeze, line, dust, coke, C, and white pony.

How Cocaine Is Abused

Depending on the form that it is in, cocaine can be ingested in multiple ways. The most common ways to use the substance is by snorting. Through further modification of the drug, individuals have been known to manufacture cocaine into a rock-like substance known as “crack” that can be smoked or injected.

Short And Long Term Effects Of Cocaine Abuse

Effects of cocaine addiction and abuse vary amongst users according to how long they have been taking the drug as well as the frequency of use. Cocaine creates a feeling of euphoria and exhilaration. Users often feel like they are invincible while they are high but when they begin to come down they have intense feelings of depression and anxiety.

The following is a list of short and long term side effects that are typical in those that use cocaine:

  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Nasal infections and nose bleeds
  • Twitching
  • Heart Attack
  • Respiratory failure
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Gastrointestinal complications

Addicted To Cocaine?

If you are addicted to cocaine and are ready to admit that you need help, you are already on the right track. Cocaine is a highly addictive substance that is difficult to detox and recover from without the help of professional medical care. By calling our 24-hour addiction helpline, you can speak with a specialist about finding the treatment facility that can meet all of your needs with regards to recovery. By giving us minimal information about your addiction along with any personal preferences, we are confident that we can help get you on the road to recovery.

 

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