Cocaine Drug Addiction
Cocaine is an extract from the leaves of the coca bush. It is origin comes from Columbia, Peru and Bolivia, South America, and is classified as a Schedule II drug, due to its very high potential for abuse and addiction. The most common form of cocaine is produced in a white powder form, that is ingested by snorting. Another, commonly known product of cocaine is crack cocaine (less expensive form of cocaine)-it is crystallized in a rock formation and used for smoking. The least popular use of cocaine is pure cocaine which is injected through a needle.
While the cocaine uses snorts the cocaine powder, it gets inhaled up into the nose where it is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Once cocaine reaches the brain, dopamine gets released, triggering euphoric sensation. Since cocaine is considered a stimulant, it became an famous and dominant party drug. Cocaine had become easily sold on the streets, and its condensed form to be dispersed in the small packages.
Cocaine addicts experience an intense desire for months after their attempt to quit drug abuse; and even after years of drug free life, a sudden provocation can create a relapse. According to medical experts, cocaine tendency is to alter the part of the brain responsible for experiencing sensations. In the initial stages of cocaine drug addiction recovery, symptoms of depression, restlessness and irritability make it challenging to maintain the ability to stay sober.
According to NIDA, this is how cocaine affects the brain: