What is Cocaine Addiction?
Cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug made from the coca plant. It can be found in a powder form, which is typically snorted through the nose, or the smoke-able form, Crack.
Cocaine works by preventing a neurotransmitter called Dopamine from being recycled back into the brain cell, thus causing a build-up of dopamine in the brain, leading to an intense “high.” Repeated use of cocaine can lead to severe addiction. As with other substances, chances of addiction in teens is much higher due to their still developing brains.
Some effects from cocaine use include constricted blood vessels and dilated pupils; higher body temperature; higher blood pressure and faster heartbeat; feeling sick to the stomach; restlessness; decreased appetite (and loss of weight over time); inability to sleep; increased risk of heart attack or stroke due to high blood pressure; increased risk of HIV due to impaired judgment and risky behavior; and panic attacks, unpredictable behavior, or paranoid psychosis.
If you think your teen may be abusing cocaine, don’t hesitate to seek help. If you’re unsure or have specific questions, call today to speak with one of our licensed counselors: 702-267-6277. Vencer Youth Services provides free assessments and our team is standing by to answer your questions and support you and your family.
“Chances of cocaine addiction is much higher for teens”
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