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Cocaine is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Coca leaves were used by ancient Incas three thousand years ago. Little did they know that in the 19th-century German chemist Albert Niemann would extract cocaine from the coca leaves. Initially, cocaine was used in medicine. However, if you’ve ever heard the name of Pablo Escobar most probably, you know that in the late 20th-century cocaine became one of the most widely spread drugs in the world. Nowadays, there are around 1,5 million cocaine addicts in the US only.  

So, what do we need to know about cocaine and its effects? According to  

“Cocaine is a type of drug that functions to increase the availability of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is associated with the generation of ‘euphoric’ emotions, the regulation of movement, and the processing of reward cues. However, it is also associated with a considerable potential for dependence and abuse. Cocaine abuse is related to an increased risk of: Psychiatric disorders, disease, death.”  

Just like with every drug the best way to stay safe is never to use cocaine. However, if for some reason you end up consuming cocaine there are some facts you should know. Cocaine abuse can quickly turn into an addiction. According to “Cocaine abuse is also associated with changes in brain chemistry over time. These changes are associated with the increased ‘need’ for cocaine over time, as well as behavioral abnormalities that may result from taking cocaine.” So, it’s a closed circle, once you start regularly consuming cocaine you always want more to get back into the state of ‘high’. The normal, sober condition seems increasingly depressing and boring, and over time you start requiring higher doses to achieve the desired effect.  

However, if you are abusing cocaine and maybe are even addicted to it, there’s always a way out. The question is: Can you just quit, or should you do it gradually, step by step? According to Addiction Blog: “In general, it is advisable to consult a medical professional before quitting cocaine. There are many factors involved when deciding on a course for cessation, the major one being your level of dependence and/or addiction.” So, if you have been using cocaine for a long time don’t act on your own and quit at once. Instead, schedule an appointment with a professional and plan your actions thoroughly. With a good plan and strong will, nothing is impossible! 

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