Why Does It Become So Addictive?
There has been a great deal of research done about cocaine to help us understand why the drug is so addictive, as well as to find out how it produces the pleasurable side effects in those who use the drug.
The Canyon is an alcohol and drug rehab center that provides patients who are suffering from addiction problems with the help they need to break their addictions and get their lives back on track. If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, The Canyon can help. Our trained and certified staff and therapists here at The Canyon are here to help you or your loved one break the cycle of addiction and get back to a normal, healthy life.
Effects on the Brain
When a you take the drug, cocaine causes this section of the brain to produce pleasurable feelings. This portion of the brain is naturally stimulated by other things, such as food, drink, shelter, social activities and sex. When cocaine stimulates it, however, the effect is much more sudden and intense than most other natural activities and the feeling is addictive.
In a normal brain, a chemical called dopamine is released by neurons which then bind to receptors in the brain called dopamine receptors. The dopamine is then recycled through the use of a special protein called a dopamine transporter. However, if there is cocaine in the body, it blocks this normal pleasure process, causing the dopamine to build up in the brain which contributes to the enhanced pleasurable effects.
What the Research Says
When a pleasurable event occurs, the brain naturally produces a large quantity of dopamine. However, when you use drugs like cocaine, the process that makes this happen is thrown off course and blocked. The buildup of dopamine that occurs between the synapses when cocaine is abused causes the neurons in the brain to be continually stimulated, which most likely causes the euphoric state that cocaine addicts find so pleasurable.
Looking to the Future
When you use cocaine for long periods of time, you will quickly build up a tolerance to the drug. This means that you must take higher and higher doses of the drug in order to feel pleasure to the extent that you experienced the first time.
Rehab at The Canyon
At the core of The Canyon’s treatment program is our drive to help you develop a positive relationship with yourself using a series of traditional and nontraditional treatments and therapies. Through your own unique drug addiction treatment program, you will be given the opportunity to reconnect with your personal dreams and desires as well as develop an authentic relationship with your life.
At The Canyon, your successful recovery is our goal, and we’re here to do everything possible to help you achieve it.