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Is cocaine physically addictive?

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2010-05-29 06:06:39

Whats going on here?!

Do you people even know what physical addiction is?

No. Cocaine is not physically addictive.

And there will be no propaganda in my answer like those other

posts. All the info I'm giving is from personal experience and from

what my doctor told me when I asked him the same question. We all

know cocaine is bad for you blah blah.. the question was "Is

cocaine physicaly addictive" and the answer is NO.

It is, however, severely psychologically addictive. Some

users experience no withdrawal symptoms, for some people the

dependence comes on slowly over weeks or months of use, and for

some it like, you snort one line and suddenly your wallet is

arguing with your mind and body, while your self control shoots

heroin and dozes off on the front porch (you won't be seeing him

till tomorrow and he's gonna have some physical withdrawal going

on).

But lets get serious here.

Sudden abstinence from a physically addictive substance

causes physical harm such as seizures, severe muscle and

bone aches, immune system suppression, some can be fatal.

Psychologically substances, cause psychological

harm with sudden withdrawn such as severe anxiety, depression, even

drug educed schizophrenia type symptoms. These psychological

symptoms can often manifest themselves as physical problems like

shaking, sweating, panic attacks, irritable bowel syndrome.. the

list goes on, but none of these problems will cause physical

bodily harm, and there is potential for death from sudden

withdrawal, in fact, your body will probably thank you after it's

done being all anxious and depressed.

Both types of addiction are caused by similar mechanisms.

Addiction occurs when one suddenly abstains from taking a certain

exogenous substance (or similar types of substance) for a long

period of time (though time period really depends on the person and

can develop a lot faster with psychological withdrawal than

physical). While the person is on the drug, that person will slow

down, or stop the body from producing some endogenous chemicals, or

severely decrease the effectiveness of natural bodily chemicals.

This causes distress because you're body needs these chemicals to

be present in natural quantities and act effectively on the body

and mind.

So you can do a gram or so of coke per day for years and

quitting cold turkey won't harm your body....... As long as your

heart doesn't explode and you liver doesn't crap out and you don't

develop one of the many other health problems chronic cocaine use

causes.... and what your doing is actually cocaine and not some

other strange chemical that disgusting, despicable coke dealers

often throw in the mix

Basically, it's the actual use (not the sudden withdrawal) that

causes physical damage. And the damage is bad, despite it's

moderate social acceptance.

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Often times cocaine abuse symptoms go unnoticed because cocaine

abuse symptoms are subtle and hard to identify. As cocaine abuse

escalates, cocaine abuse symptoms become more apparent and are

easier to detect. For occasional users, cocaine abuse symptoms may

start off as a nosebleed or increased heart rate, however with

continual use, symptoms such as cardiac arrest and severe health

problems may occur. Cocaine abuse and addiction can lead to

hospitalization and death.

The use of cocaine affects the way a person thinks, acts and

feels. A person who has begun to abuse cocaine and is becoming

addicted to the drug will focus more and more energy on acquiring

and using the drug. One extremely detrimental cocaine abuse symptom

is obsession or craving. Once a person has become addicted to

cocaine, their mind and body have an obsession with the drug that

is curbed only when the drug is found and used.

As soon as cocaine enters the body it begins to take control of

the user's mind. The user becomes increasingly consumed with the

prospected of using more cocaine. This mental obsession grows

larger and begins to manifest itself in the user's actions. As the

user becomes more desperate for the drug, he/she will do whatever

it takes to find more cocaine: lie, cheat, steal, etc. Drug addicts

are notorious for stealing from loved ones, lying about their use

and finding devious ways to get the drugs they need. Many users

find themselves in jail and other situations that they never

thought were possible.

In addition to the mental cocaine abuse symptoms that the user

feels, there are also physical consequences for using the drug. The

chemical makeup within the body must readjust itself in order to

have the ability to consume a foreign substance. The user becomes

physically hooked to the drug from the very first use. This

is completely false. No drugs can cause physical dependence from

the first use. Talk to a doctor or do some research (the internet

is directly in front of your face.. in case your having trouble

finding info.... Then again... I'm a creative person and like

making up stories as well. To each his own I suppose. There

are a wide range of physical cocaine abuse symptoms including less

severe symptoms such as loss of appetite and nosebleeds, to more

sever symptoms such as heart and respiratory problems. Over time

the nasal passage through which the drug travels will disintegrate

causing uncontrollable nosebleeds and a loss of sensory nerves.

Eventually the user will become physically ill, experiencing

cocaine abuse symptoms such as stomach cramps, cold sweats and

increased heart rate. In time continuous cocaine abuse and the

worsening of these symptoms can lead to death.

There is only one way to help your loved ones should they be

hooked to any drug INTERVENTION! Family, friends, wives, not even

their children can usually give them a reason to stop using on

their own. A small percentage will realize they are losing their

life and know instinctively that they could die, so they may enter

into drug rehabilitation themselves. THERE IS HOPE!

(propaganda!)

"Answer" id="Answer">Answer

The truth of the matter is that you must continually use a drug,

any drug, many times, in excess, in order to develop an addiction

to it, both physically and psychologically (that�s why it�s called

drug ABUSE). The myth of �try it once and you�re hooked� is just

that, a myth, it is even untrue of shooting heroine. There are

plenty of people who use cocaine occasionally, once in a couple of

months say, for years, without developing an addiction. However,

you can never know a drug�s true effect on you until you�'ve tried

it, drugs affect different people differently both in a single

instance of use, and regarding susceptibility to developing an

addiction. Some people have more addictive personalities than

others. I think it is OK to use drugs if you exercise a great deal

of caution. With any drug, and I include alcohol, never be tempted

to think that you can easily control it. There are powerful

substances that have overpowered a great many people, they could

overpower you, too. If you use a drug, respect it, treat it as

something that should always be handled with care. Find out as much

accurate information as you can, in advance, and always treat drug

use as something that is out of your normal experience - you can

set a time and a place for it, and choose to experience it under

certain conditions - beware of turning it into a mundane part of

your life, because once that happens, you are addicted.

After that first line you are standing at a crossroad in your

life. Go left, never do it again, you just wanted to see what all

the fuss was about. Go right and you think that it is overrated,

doesn't seem that bad and a year later you find yourself doing

another one with a lot less hesitance than the first time, cause

now you think you can handle it. You think you know whats its all

about and it doesn't seem as hectic as what people make it out to

be. Cause that first time you get all the highs and none of the

lows, you sleep fine that evening, no lying awake for hours on end.

Next thing you know you doing it once a month, but there's no

withdrawal, you think of it as that shot of Stroh rum that you

drink once a month. And that can go on for years, no problems,

right. Now try quitting it. It is all in the mind, dopamine and all

that stuff. If your brain knows it can get a take away of that

lovely dopamine for much less effort than manufacturing it itself,

it convinces every cell in your body that it's okay, what's wrong

with unhealthy food once a month, unfortunately its not your

stomach, but your body's control centre that takes the hit.

Well, I'll tell you this much. I'm 2 days out of rehab and I

spent 2 months there, so I learned quite a bit about the illness of

addiction. There is now years of research on addiction and it's

widely acknowledged now that 12.5% of any group of people, no

matter what race or country you come from, are addicts/alcoholics.

And the doctors and psychiatrists are in agreement that there is

only one drug that gets you physically hooked is methamphetamine

(tik). When the US soldiers came back from Vietnam they found that

60% of the troops were doing heroine. Doctors watched the situation

very carefully to determine whether its the drug that's the problem

or does the problem lie with the individual. And guess what? 12.5%

of the users could not stop on their own. So I hope that answers

your question, cocaine is much more physically addictive for

someone who has a natural disposition of having the illness of

addiction. Recovery = abstinence + change


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