Signs of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a psycho-stimulant which also affects the central nervous system. Cocaine has many nicknames, including Crack, Coke, Blow, and Snow (due to its white powder appearance), but the technical term is Cocaine Benzoylmethylecgonine, which is a tropane alkaloid. Tropane is a bicyclic organic compound (C8H15N) which is the parent compound for a group of alkaloids, including Cocaine and Atropine. [1] Cocaine is used in Powder, Freebase, Crack and Coca Leaf forms.

Physical side effects of Cocaine abuse include bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils, runny nose, increased and quickened weight loss, lowered immune resistance, hyperactive behavior and the “shakes,” quick heart rate, chills and breaking out in a cold sweat. Cocaine abuse gives an individual a feeling of power and control and plenty of unrealistic grandiose ideas, which leads to performing dangerous impossible feats, due to thought alteration.

Behaviorally, Cocaine abuse leads to change in lifestyle choices, such as unkempt and dirty appearance, high energy immediately followed by hard depression and extreme tiredness, overall paranoia, financial problems, missed work, school or social activities, isolation from groups, and generally erratic or irregular social interaction. [2] A sense of being distracted and not listening is reported by families of crack addicts. Irritation, frustration and strain on personal relationships are especially noticeable. Addicts tend to not maintain a healthy or clean standard of living, using not only their extra income, but their base income as well, on furthering their habits. This is due to the extremely short-term euphoric effects of cocaine. Relative to other abusive substances, the high of crack cocaine does not last very long. The following depression does not show up on the second or third day of withdrawal, but as an immediate occurrence after being high. This elicits a very real and heavy need to keep a constant flow traveling through the body at all times. This is a very expensive abusive habit.

As with many other narcotics, Cocaine presents highly abusive traits, the standard euphoria and feelings of grandeur being the most prevalent signs. This can lead to dependency within a very short period of time. Keep your family members and employees safe from this self-destructive drug with regular screenings using appropriate drug and alcohol testing equipment. It can lead to deception and stealing at home and unsafe working conditions on the job. Your environment and personal wellbeing can be greatly improved through these measures. Contact CMM Technology today: +618-9204-2500.

1. Aggarwal, Anil. Nashilian dwaian . Delhi: National Book Trust, 1999. Print.

2. Mendelson, Jack , and Nancy Mello. “Management of Cocaine Abuse and Dependence.” The New England Journal of Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199604113341507.

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