Cocaine is a type of drug that functions to increase the availability of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain.
Cocaine, popularly known as crack, coke, snow, blow and rock is a derivative of the South American Coco Plant. Methods of use include smoking, injecting, snorting, or swallowing. Depending on how you take it, the intensity and duration of the drug’s effect differs. Desired effects include increased alertness and pleasure. Short-term side effects include paranoia, constriction of blood vessels leading to heart complications or stroke, irregular heartbeat, and death. Withdrawal is often accompanied by severe depression and lethargy or fatigue. Both short- and long-term use of cocaine have been linked to damage to several organs including the lungs, heart, brain and kidneys.
Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their sobriety. Many people think that addiction is the core problem. However, substance use disorders are more often a temporary method to self sooth and cope with other issues that need to be addressed through counselling therapy.