The legal uses for cocaine are as a local anesthetic, often used for eye, nose and throat surgery. Its name comes from the coca plant from which it is derived. It is a highly addictive substance and can be used in a variety of ways, including smoking, snorting, injecting and sniffing. When a person becomes dependent on the drug, it is nearly impossible for them to stop on their own. Withdrawal usually involves depression, cravings and side effects, such as exhaustion, cramps, etc. Other side effects from use are respiratory problems from smoking and nasal problems from snorting. Intravenous users are at risk for HIV and Hepatitis.
Cocaine is a powerful and addictive drug, classified by the federal government as a high abuse, high dependency risk stimulant. The powdered form of cocaine can be inhaled through the nose (snorted) or dissolved in water and then injected directly into a vein. It can also be injected just under the skin, which increases the duration of the high and can also lead to infection or other medical complications.
A form of cocaine with the street name crack is processed into a rock crystal and then smoked, most often using a pipe. Given the higher level of concentration, long-term crack cocaine users may experience even more dramatic symptoms and complications. Cocaine has numerous effects on many important neurotransmitters in the brain; however, the most dramatic effect is the increase as of dopamine. Dopamine is thought to be the primary neurotransmitter involved in the pleasure centers of the brain. Its release is associated with pleasure and a sense of well-being, this is the “rush” that the cocaine user seeks. Excessive use of cocaine increases dopamine levels and this has been associated with anger, aggressiveness, hallucinations, delusions, and other psychotic symptoms.
Cocaine abuse permeates all aspects of the user’s life from medical complications, employment loss, loss of family and love relationships, financial hardship. Once addicted, it is difficult to stop using cocaine without professional help. For those who seek cocaine addiction treatment, there is help at 10 Acre Ranch. Twelve step meetings and sponsorship are but one crucial part of the treatment component here. Group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, one on one counseling and rational emotive therapy are just some of counseling approaches we implement. Additionally we provide a healthy diet along with a physical recreation program to help rebuild the physical deficiencies that one experiences while in the grasp of cocaine addiction. Our secluded campus plus interaction with some of the many animals we have here help rebuild a lost spiritual connection, or start a new one.