How Addictive is Cocaine?

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Cocaine, a highly addictive drug, creates the greatest psychological dependence. It stimulates pleasure centers in the brain and causes heightened euphoria. This stimulant has a short-term high (from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the way of administration), which usually make users become tolerant to the euphoric effects of the drug. They crave for more and more drugs in order to produce the same feelings, and an increased use of cocaine leads to dependence.

Benzoylmethylecgonine, the main psychoactive ingredient in cocaine, produces the sensation of high. Loss of contact with reality, euphoria, erratic behavior, agitation, paranoia or panic attacks are mental effects of this stimulant, while the physical symptoms may include: increased heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature, sweating, large and dilated pupils.

Regardless of the manner or frequency of use abusers can experience serious health problems: heart problems, respiratory failure, digestive problems, nervous system problems, skin infections, allergic reactions.

Many testimonies have proven that cocaine addiction is serious medical diseases. Users may have many problems with vital systems in the body. These failures are serious and dangerous - they can lead to loss of vital functions because every organ system can be affected.

I was on cocaine for four years. I complained all the time of terrible pains in my body and I just got worse and worse.

K. G.

I thought I will be able to control things, but the opposite happened - the drug controlled me. It attracted me more and more and you couldn’t stop it. One day I decided I’d had enough and tried to commit suicide.

O. H.


With its strong psychological addictive qualities, cocaine changes user's behavior - the way they think, as well as changing the way they feel. People who suffer from cocaine addiction usually show signs of extreme paranoid psychosis – they lose touch with reality and have visual and auditory hallucinations (seeing thing and hearing sounds that are not real).

I had hallucinations that animals were crawling under my skin. I saw things that weren’t there and heard strange sounds.

S. A.


The symptoms of dependence influence a person’s personality - cocaine becomes the main obsession. Always have enough drug is their top priority.