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Cocaine Addiction

Drug Addiction Solutions help line was setup up to help Cocaine addicts or family/friends of cocaine addiction users to get help to find cocaine addiction treatment. This is a no cost service with Cocaine addiciton counselors standing by to do a case assessment on the phone or by sending in a email request for help by the cocaine addiciton treatment referral.

Even though many law enforcement policies and officials refer to cocaine addiction as a narcotic addiction, this is incorrect. Narcotics is a term used to refer to those substances that bind opiate receptors and produce morphine-like effects. This includes the entire class of opiates and some other drugs as well. Cocaine addiction is the addiction to a stimulant. Derived from the coca leaves, cocaine has some numbing effects on the areas where it comes into direct contact, but its major physiological effects are similar to amphetamines or speed.

Cocaine was purported to be a non-addictive substance, which is one of the reasons that it became so popular in the 1980's. However, all substances that overly stimulate the pleasures centers of the brain will have an addictive quality and well as the feeling of withdrawal symptoms when one ceases to use the drug. Cocaine addiction and its withdrawals are not as painful as those symptoms that come from narcotic addiction, since the user does not have the flu symptoms, cramps and other painful manifestations seen in opiate withdraw. However, cocaine addiction depletes the body of its endorphins by overly stimulating the production of these "feel good" neurohormones. Therefore, after using cocaine for an extended period of time, as seen in cocaine addiction, the user is more likely to experience emotional crashes and depression, sometimes leading to full blown psychotic episodes. This is not the case with narcotic addiction.

Because of the short half-life of cocaine, a persons suffering from cocaine addiction will be seen taking the drug multiple times within an hour's time. Crack cocaine is produced from cocaine so that it can release the psychoactive components of cocaine in a more concentrated form, which is then inhaled as a smoke to achieve quick access to the blood, through the lung's vascular system and from there it is taken to the pleasure center in the brain. After this rush is felt, the user immediately wants to experience this feeling again. With each of these uses, the brain is being altered from its natural homeostasis, which tends to make the person using crack, irrational, psychotic and emotionally labile.