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What is a rehabilitation center? A rehabilitation centre is a place where an individual can work over his addiction issues under supervised environments that aid addiction recovery with ease. All these treatments and therapies are carried out by well-trained mental health professionals including a psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, psychologists, counselors, nurses & support staffs. With the […]

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Folie à Famille translated ‘a folly of family’, the term talks about a shared psychotic disorder among a group of family members as opposed to shared between two people (folie à deux). This is a rare condition because of which effective treatments have not been well-established. However, last week we saw an incident in Delhi […]

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Are You Feeling Suicidal? How ...

Wanting to overcome suicidal thoughts? Firstly, the thought to overcome the suicidal thoughts itself is a sign of positivity. You may think feeling suicidal is a sign of permanent weakness and flew. Actually, it isn’t, feeling suicidal is just a temporary negative mindset that makes you experience intense sadness. During this intense episode majority of […]

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Want to help someone with Drug and Alcohol Addiction? A relative, a dear friend, a sibling, a co-worker? Early drug and alcohol abuse education is one of the best ways to start with. Everyone involved needs to be educated, from parents and educators to children and adults. Each needs to know the risks of altered […]

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For as long as health professionals can remember, our country has developed a negative stigma towards depression illness. People suffering from depression tend to suffer in silence, or not seek the appropriate treatment because of the shame associated with admitting they have a mental illness. Currently, people diagnosed with depression illness are viewed as broken, […]

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The Effects of Snorting Cocaine

Anunitha Cocaine 3Cocaine is one of the most powerful and dangerous stimulant drug in the world. It creates a sense of euphoria and increased energy in a person. The effect is almost immediate, which lures a person for a little recreational use time and again, making it difficult for him to say no to cocaine addiction.

The short-lived euphoria results in craving that prompts drug re-use or even binge consumption. Binge consumption refers to a repeated use of the drug in increasing amount, taken over a small timeframe, to experience the same high. Binge consumption also occurs when the person is addicted to drug for long, as the threshold of cocaine tolerance increases significantly in shorter period of time.

Cocaine is usually consumed by smoking, snorting or injecting in the body. Depending on the method, the time taken to experience the high, and the time for which the effect lasts can vary. Each of these methods poses its own risks.

Inhaling cocaine through nostrils is called -’Snorting’. The cocaine in this case travels through nasal passages and gets absorbed in the blood stream. The high induced from snorting relatively lasts longer – about 15-30 minutes, compared to other consumption methods. But the side-effects of cocaine snorting are equally grave.

  • A person can lose a sense of smell even with occasional episode of snorting cocaine.
  • It can lead to tissue erosion, nasal septal perforation, inflammation of air passages in nasal cavity. The thinning of the blood vessels in the nostrils can lead to nosebleed.
  • Snorting cocaine can also lead to sinus and other respiratory infections, causing a runny or stuffy nose.
  • It can irritate and damage the trachea region along with the nasal cavity. This leads to throat swelling, hoarse throat or voice and difficulty in swallowing.

Other long-term side effects of cocaine can include –

  • Increased tolerance level and de-sensitized brain receptors. This leads to increased dependence on higher amount of cocaine to induce similar effect.
  • Increased anxiety.
  • Lack of muscle control, which is more pronounced in prolonged cocaine abuse cases.
  • Cardiovascular problems – Chest pain, Arrhythmia or even a Heart Attack
  • Loss of appetite leading to abnormal weight loss.
  • Neurological problems including seizures.

A combined behavioural and pharmacological therapy addresses both – a person’s physical and psychological dependence in cocaine addiction cases. The continued therapy not only enables a person to overcome the addiction and helps him in staying sober.

 

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