Cocaine is a very dangerous and addictive drug that carries with it a number of quite troubling side effects. Although many people are aware of the fact that cocaine is a dangerous drug, the drug is somewhat unique in that it carries with it a somewhat glamorous image. Media portrayal of cocaine use has led many people to believe that it is a drug for rock stars, celebrities, and other of society’s elite. The reality is, however, that there is nothing glamorous about cocaine or what it does to the human body.
How Did Cocaine Become Known As A Glamorous Drug?
It is somewhat unclear when cocaine initially became known as a wealthy person’s drug, but perhaps one reason this dangerous perception came to be is that cocaine in it’s powdered form is fairly expensive on the black market. The rock form of cocaine, which is generally known by it’s street name, crack, is much less expensive and does not carry with it the cache of cocaine. This expensive drug was often glamorized in movies in the 1980’s, and many characters who were somewhat alluring used the drug in films. Many of the music stars of the 1980’s publicly admitted to using the drug (and many subsequently entered treatment for addiction). The large number of celebrities who abused cocaine may have contributed to the drug’s glitzy image. Unfortunately, this image has persisted into today’s popular culture, where many celebrated famous people speak openly about using cocaine.
The Real Nature Of Cocaine Use
Cocaine may have a somewhat glamorous image, but the reality of cocaine addiction is that there is nothing desirable about the drug. Cocaine is so addictive that some studies have shown a person may become dependent on the drug as early as their first time using it. Regular cocaine use also causes severe damage to many important elements of the body and mind. Cocaine is generally ingested through the nose, and as such often causes major damage to the sinuses and nasal passages. Habitual cocaine users may experience nasal bleeding or holes in their nasal passages. Cocaine is also highly detrimental to the body’s cardiovascular system. Because cocaine is a stimulant, it raises the heart rate of a user to unnatural levels and can put a user at a much higher risk for heart attacks, as having the heart rate raised puts a dangerous amount of stress on it. Like many drugs, cocaine use can cause severe mood swings and may make a user prone to fits of anger or sadness. The peak effects of the drug are fairly short lived, and a user will often begin to experience withdrawal symptoms fairly soon after having consumed the drug. This is one thing that makes cocaine so addictive: a person who uses cocaine is constantly chasing the same high and subsequently experiencing withdrawals.
Addiction Damages Every Aspect Of An Addict’s Life
When a person is addicted to cocaine or any drug, all aspects of their life may be in peril. A person who is addicted to cocaine will often find that their interpersonal relationships are crumbling and that they cannot keep a grasp on many of the things that are so important to leading a happy and healthy life, including holding a job or focusing energy on the things that bring one joy. This is because when a person is addicted to cocaine, their brain becomes consumed with finding and using more of the drug, and this takes priority over anything else. The media may not tend to show this side of cocaine addiction, but this is the reality of this dangerous drug.