WHY DO PEOPLE USE COCAINE?
Initially people used cocaine as a sort of local anesthetic during the surgery of ear, eye and throat. Lately synthetic anesthetics like lidocaine have replaced cocaine, though in many surgical procedures it still has limited uses.
One may feel euphoric, alert, talkative and energetic after taking cocaine. It makes one feel sexually heightened and more responsive to the senses of touch, sight and sound, reducing sleep requirements and hunger.
When one’s body gets used to functioning in the presence of a particular drug in his/her system, physical dependence on it occurs. However, physical dependence related to cocaine has not been recognized as yet.
When for a person taking a drug becomes the most important activity in life, he/she becomes psychologically dependent on it. Cocaine may cause psychological dependence, since it has strong euphoric effects. Strong desire for the drug may persist in spite of a long period of self-restrain.
People dependent on cocaine can find it tough to discontinue using it. The ones, who have terminated its use, may become prone relapsed conditions.