Cocaine Addiction Treatment
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that works by producing a surge of dopamine – the chemical produced by the brain that makes us feel good. Like most artificially induced dopamine spikes, the ones produced by cocaine are problematic for two main reasons: first, when the dopamine level falls, it does not drop at a natural rate – it plummets rapidly, resulting in feelings of extreme anxiety, agitation and depression. And second, in order to achieve the same effect next time round, the user has to take a higher dose of the drug.
In its natural form, cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant, which is indigenous to South America. Over the years, it has had various uses as a painkiller and a stimulant. Early iterations of Coca Cola had cocaine as a key ingredient, but this was discontinued early in the 20th century.
Much of the cocaine in circulation today is synthetically produced in laboratories that, because they are illegal, do not follow any health and safety standards. In addition, unscrupulous producers frequently combine the cocaine with other, less expensive substances. Many of these substances are considered toxic to humans.