| Interviewer- Hi, we're here today with Doctor Brown and Doctor Fox talking about the highly addictive drug, cocaine|
Interviewer- So, Doctor Brown what is cocaine?
DB- Cocaine is an illegal drug from the stimulant category. It is powerfully addictive and can be injected, smoked, sniffed, or snorted.
| I- What are some effects of the drug?|
DB- A user will usually go through a stage where you feel invincible and joyful. But after, you go through as period where you are depressed and have anxiety and a decreased appetite.
| I- I've also heard it called coke, Doctor Fox, are there any other names for it? |
DF- Yes, there's coke, dust, line, powder, flake, rock, crack, and many more
| I- Wow! Okay and how does it affect addicts? |
DF- Cocaine gives a person a high addictive feeling after just a few tries and it leaves you with an incredible craving for the drug.
| I- What are some short term harms?|
DB- Insomnia, blurred vision, vomiting, dilated pupils, nose bleeds, sweating.
| I- Are there long term affects too?|
DF- Yes, a user will get increased anxiety and lose touch of reality. It can also lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.
| I- What happens when cocaine is mixed with alcohol?|
DB- Alcohol is a common trigger of crack use. When mixed together is creates a nasty substance that is harmful to the body.
| I- What body systems does cocaine affect?|
DB- The nervous system and the cardiovascular system.
| I- What is key in a recovery process?|
DF- You don't recover from an addiction by stopping using. You recover by creating a new life where it is easier to not use. You have to let others help you. If you decide that you are addicted, you can get help at Cocaine Anonymous or go to a rehab center.
|I- Well, thank you doctors. You have given us a lot of information. Next we are going to interview 2 recovering cocaine addicts about what lead them to use and how they got past it.||...|
| I- This is Hailey. She is a recovering cocaine addict. So Hailey, when did you first use and why?|
H- I first used at a party at my friends house. It seemed like the cool thing to do and I didn't want to be the only one left out. I kept doing it at parties and soon I couldn't get enough
| I- Why did you keep doing it?|
H- I had a craving and it made all the bad things go away. I missed so much and I hurt a lot of people in the mean time.
| I- When did you realize you had to stop?|
H- A friend of mine got really sick and went to the hospital after using and I didn't want that to happen to me
| I- How is your recovery coming along?|
H- I enrolled myself in a rehab program and I had an amazing group of people helping me along the way. I am here today 8 months clean.
| I- This is Nikki. She, like Hailey, is a past addict. How did you get into cocaine and why?|
N- I had gone through some tough times and I heard that it make everything seem better and you feel invincible. I loved the feeling of being high.
| I- So you used to get away from real life?|
I- When was the turning point for you?
N- My best friend found out and she told me that she was gonna get me off of it. She introduced me to some new friends and helped me create a new life. She saved me.
| I- Did it work? |
N- I have a few breakdowns and it took a long time to get me focused but thanks to my best friend, I have been 11 months clean.
|I- That's great. Thank you for being here today and sharing your stories.||...|