Category: Cocaine

Cocaine

Cocaine

Cocaine is a mood-altering drug in the stimulant or “amphetamine-like” class. As a consequence, it tends to produce euphoria or “high” feelings by directly blocking the reuptake of dopamine in the brain. The resulting increases of dopamine produce an elevation of mood and euphoria. Cocaine has two additional effects, which are to block the sodium-potassium [...]

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Cocaine use patterns

Cocaine use patterns

Conviction for possession or use of any amount or form of cocaine in this country constitutes a felony. As a consequence, it is difficult, if not impossible, to truly discuss low risk or “social” use of cocaine at present. Thus for practical purposes, all cocaine use in American communities must be viewed as being cocaine [...]

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Treatment of cocaine dependence

Treatment of cocaine dependence

The treatment of addiction in general and cocaine in particular requires a focus on eliminating all use of cocaine and all other mood-altering drug use. Abstinence is the treatment goal. The reason for abstinence from other mood-altering drugs in addition to cocaine is the common pattern of initially quitting cocaine only to continue to use [...]

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