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11 Things Teens Should Know About Cocaine

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There’s no shortage of information about cocaine. The trouble arises when trying to figure out what’s accurate and what is “fake news.”

Should you believe what movies and music tell you about cocaine, or heed the warnings issued by your parents and teachers? Do you trust your friends or peers to tell you the truth about the drug?

It pays to try and clear up some myths and misconceptions. Here are 11 important facts about cocaine:

  1. It’s Not as Popular as It Once Was

    According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 in 200 adolescents ages 12 to 17 reported using cocaine in the previous year.
  2. It Negatively Affects Your Brain

    Sure, cocaine provides users with a temporary euphoric high as well as additional energy and alertness, but these feelings are often followed by restlessness, irritability, panic or even paranoia.
  3. It Affects Your Cardiovascular System

    Cocaine does decrease appetite and increase sexual arousal, but it also speeds up your heart rate and raises your blood pressure.
  4. It May Create a ‘Binge and Crash’ Cycle

    Cocaine’s effects occur quickly, but they also vanish shortly thereafter, which may leave you wanting more. When this cycle is repeated multiple times, you may experience unpleasant side effects like headaches, depression, anxiety, loss of smell or even delusions or hallucinations.
  5. It Is Addictive

    Though heroin is more powerful than cocaine, animal studies suggest that cocaine may be responsible for addictive behaviors.
  6. Cocaine Addiction Is NOT a Moral Failing

    A healthy body of evidence shows that some people who try cocaine cannot find a way to stop using it. The reason has to do with chemical changes in the brain and the nervous system brought on by the drug, rather than the presence of a character flaw.
  7. Risk Factors for Cocaine Addiction Exist

    There are no hard-and-fast criteria to predict addiction, but there are several relevant factors which include genetics, the presence of childhood trauma, the health of social relationships, the age of first use and socioeconomic status. Girls playing basketball
  8. You CAN Get Addicted to Crack After a Single Use

    Because crack cocaine is smoked, its effects invade the brain much more quickly than powder cocaine does. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, it is possible to become addicted to crack after smoking it just one time.
  9. Cocaine CAN Cause Death

    Repeated use of cocaine can have fatal consequences. Since it affects your heart rate, cocaine can cause cardiac arrest, especially if it is mixed with a more powerful substance like fentanyl.
  10. There Are Clues to Help You Recognize Cocaine Use

    If your friend or family member suffers from unexplained mood swings, nosebleeds, runny nose, dilated pupils, insomnia, weight loss or hoarseness, then he or she may be dependent on cocaine or a similar drug.
  11. If You’re Addicted to It, You CAN Get Better With Treatment

    Several different medications have produced positive results in treating cocaine addiction. Also, behavioral interventions such as cognitive therapy can help address the underlying issues that may have led to experimentation with the drug in the first place.

The best way to avoid cocaine addiction is to stay away from the drug. If you can’t stop misusing the drug on your own, there are numerous addiction treatment resources available to aid in your recovery. Recovering from cocaine misuse can be difficult, but with the right balance of treatment and support, it is possible to lead a substance-free life.

If you are worried that you may have a substance use disorder related to cocaine or any other illicit drug, contact Next Generation Village today to see how we can help.

Medical Disclaimer: Next Generation Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options, and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

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