NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Is Cocaine Addictive?

Yes, it is easy to lose control over cocaine use and become addicted. People addicted to cocaine might take bigger doses or take it more often to get high. A cocaine high usually doesn't last very long, so people take it again and again to try to keep feeling good. When they stop using cocaine, people who are addicted feel strong cravings for the drug, so staying off it can be hard.

People who are trying to quit taking cocaine might:

  • Act nervous and restless.
  • Feel very sad and tired.
  • Have bad dreams.
  • Be suspicious of people and things around them.
  • Feel a strong need to take cocaine.

Despite these challenges, treatment can help an addicted person control their cravings and stop using cocaine.