In the late nineteenth century the famous drink Coca-Cola was so-called because one of its key ingredients was a liquid extract of the coca leaf along with the Kola nut and did in fact contain cocaine. To this day Coca-Cola includes a non-narcotic extract of the coca leaf.
In the past, people underestimated the addictive properties of cocaine. This is due to the lack of physical cocaine withdrawal symptoms addicts experienced. This past misconception has been proven false time and time again.
Injectable cocaine users are at risk for infections such as hepatitis and HIV. There is some evidence that people who use cocaine may participate in HIV-related risky behaviors, such as sharing needles and unprotected sex, more often than people who inject other types of drugs. Nasal blood found on straws used for inhaling cocaine can carry hepatitis C and be a source of infection.
Instead of giving into their obsession with using cocaine, an addict undergoing the cocaine withdrawal process must occupy his/her mind with new, unrelated thoughts. This stage of cocaine withdrawal usually only lasts for about a week and after this period the body will no longer have a physical craving for cocaine. Although getting rid of the physical craving is essential in remaining free of addiction, the mental obsession will still exist. If an ex-cocaine addict does not know how to effectively manage these mental cravings, he/she will return to old habits and will eventually relapse.
Is cocaine addictive? The answer is yes, it is a very addictive drug. Not everyone who uses this drug becomes addicted, but if they do, it can be one of the hardest drug habits to break. People who become addicted to cocaine lose control over their use of the drug. They feel a strong need for cocaine, even when they know it causes them medical, psychological, and social problems. Getting and taking the drug can become the most important thing in their lives.
Is Coke Really That Dangerous? Yes! Cocaine can kill you, especially if you overdose. Cocaine-related deaths are often caused by respiratory failure, heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythms, gangrene of the intestine, ruptured blood vessels and/or high body temperature. It's the source of lots of nasty chronic health issues, too, including heart problems, strokes, seizures, headaches, tremors, abdominal pain and nausea.
It is important to note, the causes of cocaine abuse can also be attributed to cocaine’s naturally addictive nature. For many people, cocaine use becomes a compulsive habit. When cocaine is taken the user typically receives an euphoric high, but when the substance wears off an extreme craving is left causing the user to again take more cocaine. This vicious cycle is difficult to stop. In most cases the situation becomes so bad that more and more cocaine is taken each time to achieve that euphoric effect.