Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that causes users to feel energized with a sense of euphoria, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Statistics from the latest Monitoring the Future Survey – funded in part by NIDA and conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – show that just 2.9 percent of high school seniors, in Wyoming and across the country, currently admit to using cocaine in any form. If you suspect that your teen in Wyoming is one of the millions of school-aged American who use drugs, including cocaine, the following information concerning cocaine addiction, symptoms and withdrawal may be of help.
Symptoms of Cocaine Use
Because cocaine is a stimulant, the body’s response to the introduction of the drug has several immediate signs, including:
Increased body temperature
Raised blood pressure
Amplified heart rate
When your teen ingests cocaine, the drugs attack the brain. In documentation released by the NIDA, we’ve learned that most drugs will interfere with the way in which the brain communicates from neuron to neuron, as well as how the messages are received by the various parts of the body. The brain chemical responsible for how we feel, how we interpret rewards and pleasure, and that controls our motor functions is dopamine. When cocaine enters the human body, it causes the neurons to release abnormally large amounts of dopamine, thus heightening pleasure and stimulating the body. The normal brain process for the control and distribution of dopamine is for the excess amount released naturally to be reabsorbed into the neuron. Cocaine also inhibits this activity, creating a gross overflow of this intense human brain chemical.
The rush associated with cocaine use may be part of the reason why it so addictive for your Wyoming teen. The initial use of cocaine, particularly crack cocaine which is smoked and has an almost instantaneous effect, is a strong one. Subsequent uses of the drug will not match that first “hit,” however, the drug user will continue to take more of the drug in an attempt to replicate it.
Tolerance is a condition that is created as the body gets used to a drug, based upon further NIDA research. This is true for prescription pain medications, alcohol, heroin, cocaine or any drug that alters the mind. In order to obtain the same or even similar results to the previous uses of the drug, the body requires more and higher doses. As tolerance increases, so does the likelihood of addiction. The mechanism for this link has to do with the body’s natural ability to produce the brain chemical naturally. It is as though the brain forgets what it’s like to not have cocaine involved in the process, therefore the brain stops producing it on its own. When this happens, your teen may experience withdrawal symptoms as the body craves the drug and the euphoria that comes with it.
Real Help for Wyoming Teens
If you suspect your teen may be addicted to cocaine or any other drug, finding the right teen rehab facility is something you should consider sooner, rather than later. We can help your teen focus on recovery, preventing relapse, and teach them about their disease of addiction at the same time we help to prepare them for an academic future and high school graduation in Wyoming. Addiction does not have to be the last word in your child’s future. Let us help your child and your family today; call now.
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