Cocaine is one of the most addictive and dangerous substances out in the world of illicit substances today. Whether used on a daily basis or from time to time, the effects of cocaine on the body and on the mind can be extremely damaging. Even from the first usage, the user is at a serious risk for things that can cause serious harm and even death.
Cocaine gives a massive rush after it is used. Users feel like they are "going 60 miles an hour while sitting still." People feel like they are on top of the world, superior, extremely energetic and alert. But the high doesn't last that long and afterwards, users tend to fall into a deep depression, a low equal and opposite to the high that they experienced. As a result, they feel they need more and more to get back to that first high. This chasing of the first high is what leads people to overdose, because one will never actually attain the same high again that they had felt on the first usage, but will try to. Over time, the body grows a tolerance to the drug and someone will need more and more to get the same kind of high that they want.
The Potential Problems
Even if you use cocaine recreationally, you are at risk for things like sudden heart attacks. The blood pressure and heart rate is increased, while the blood vessels are also constricted. Something else can also come from cocaine usage which is called arrhythmia, which is an irregular heartbeat. One does not have to do that much cocaine in order to have this happen.
Due to the fact that cocaine constricts the blood vessels, there is also the high possibility of having a stroke from it, even if you use cocaine just once. Since this effect on the brain happens, people's behavior changes drastically. People tend to become more aggressive and hostile when on cocaine, which can lead to domestic issues. People have been known to become very violent while high on cocaine, which leads to violence and arrests, and then things like imprisonment and other legal fallout.
Seeing as cocaine is most commonly either snorted or smoked, damage to the nose, sinuses and lungs also can occur. Over time, the cilia in the lungs (the things in your lungs that absorb oxygen) start to become paralyzed and oxygen absorption becomes more laborious and difficult. This leads to a wide variety of lung complications, such as asthma and emphysema.
Even after just one time of using cocaine, there is the possibility that a dependence will form. There is no way to predict how someone will react to it, even after one usage, and a physical and/or mental dependence can occur at any point, be it the first, second, third, fifth or tenth time using it.
After a few times of using cocaine, there is also the possibility that certain psychoses can develop, such as schizophrenia. The effect cocaine has on the brain is a profound one, and people who are at risk for any kind of mental diseases will find their chances going up and up as to actually coming down with a mental problem. This is not to say that people who do not have any kind of genetic predisposition to mental illnesses are immune to this effect from cocaine- over time, the chances add up and things can go bad from there, even for someone who has a sound mind.
So, as you can see, using cocaine to any degree, even recreationally, is something that should not be partaken in. There are too many risks to it, and even for someone who does it once in a while, or just once period, is still at risk for serious problems, even fatal ones.