Is cocaine physically addictive?
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
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harm with sudden withdrawn such as severe anxiety, depression, even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
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.
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!
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