Cocaine addiction is a compulsion to use this illegal drug. Cocaine addicts continue to buy and use it, even in the face of negative consequences. The drug is known as snow, flake, blow, and coke on the street. Many people with a history of cocaine addiction experience a relapse and start using the drug again, even after years of being clean.
A number of people will experiment with cocaine at the urging of a friend. They don't set out to become addicted to the drug. Instead, they honestly think that they will be able to stop using it on their own. Using cocaine interferes with the addict's work and personal relationships, and it is very difficult to stop using this substance without treatment.
When a person with a cocaine addiction snorts the drug, it travels up the nose and goes into the user's bloodstream. When it reaches the brain, it triggers a release of dopamine, which gives the user feelings of pleasure. Cocaine is a stimulant, and is often used at parties. Occasional use at social gatherings may lead to a cocaine addiction over time, and at that point, the individual is unable to choose whether they will use cocaine or not.
Cocaine is not physically addictive; instead the cocaine addict becomes psychologically dependent on the drug. It may be used in combination with alcohol or tranquilizers such as Valium or Avitan. Among teens, the combination of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana is often used. The combination of using uppers and downers together is an increasingly popular option for people with a cocaine addiction.
Consequences of cocaine addiction vary from person to person. The cocaine addict may lose a significant amount of weight, since the drug acts as an appetite suppressant. Ingesting the drug can also lead to bowl gangrene, caused by reduced blood flow to the area.