How Does Cocaine Become Addictive?
Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant, and the effects of the drug will include:
- A loss of contact with reality
- Intense feeling of happiness
- Agitation and anxiety
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pleasure
- Increased body temperature
Cocaine is addictive because it will primarily influence the reward pathway within the brain, which will of course become habit forming. When cocaine is used, it will increase the concentration of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, in essence, it increases the level of pleasure the user is feeling. Both infrequent and frequent use of cocaine will cause an addiction; the drug can become physically and psychologically addictive. For example, someone may be struggling in life with relationship problem, financial issues; they may have lost their job, or have gone through a traumatic experience, or simply may be bored with life and use cocaine as a substitute for pleasure and a good experience, or to feel better. Drugs such as cocaine provide a temporary and damaging fix for feeling good, but this is part of the reason why this drug is appealing. The longer that someone substitutes cocaine into his or her life, the greater chance they have at becoming completely addicted to and dependent upon the drug. This is how cocaine becomes addictive, and it is important that the proper type of drug rehabilitation is gotten to treat the problem.