Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that takes over and destroys lives. Users who are dependent on cocaine tend to put everything they have into their own abuse. Addicts have gone as far as selling their children in order to obtain more cocaine. People do not intend on becoming entirely dependent on cocaine, moreover they just wanted to enjoy themselves for a certain interval of time, but soon find themselves unable to quench their thirst for the drug.
Why Is Cocaine Addictive
The reason why cocaine is so addictive is that is causes feelings of euphoria in the user, cocaine affects the brains natural dopamine levels by raising them. The initial feeling of euphoria will last for twenty to thirty minutes in new users, but once the cocaine users’ addiction has formed, the addict will start to feel less of a high with each dose. Sometimes the initial feeling of happiness will last only minutes, and the user feels compelled to take another hit to prolong the emotion. This is the beginning of dependence. This onset can happen very quickly in some people, while others may take more time to develop the full symptoms. Once addiction has been formed, the person will also suffer feelings of extreme withdrawal, which can make them desire another hit in order to take away the anxiety.
Crack is the street name given to the form of cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal, which, when heated, produces vapors that are smoked. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock as it is heated. Since crack is an already prepared form of freebased cocaine, the user does not have to buy the equipment or be exposed to the explosive chemicals associated with freebasing. Crack is most often packaged in vials or plastic bags and sold in small quantities, usually 300-500mg or enough for two to three inhalations. Smoking cocaine produces a quicker, stronger high than snorting. On the other hand, faster absorption means shorter duration of action; the high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes, but the high from smoking may last only 5 to 10 minutes. In order to stay high the user must use over and over causing binges and the dose is increased to maintain the same affect.
Cocaine is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs in the country. When a person takes cocaine, there are several methods of administration. They may go to great lengths to obtain the drug and achieve the same high that they initially felt. Regardless of the method of administration, snorted, smoked or injected, the half life of the drug is very short and the intense high causes the user to desire more in a very short period of time. Compulsive cocaine abuse may develop very early.