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will a brain heal by quitting cocaine?

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Dr. Paulo Negro Jr
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes, No, Maybe: "yes" because, in general, the brain recovers. "no" because, specifically, a brain addicted to Cocaine is already primed and future exposures to Cocaine will trigger rapid descent into addictive behaviors. "maybe" because Cocaine can cause problems in the small brain vessels, it depends on how much, how long, etc.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How does cocaine actually effect the brain?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Cocaine on the Brain: This is a complex answer to address here, but in summary it works on specific receptors in certain areas of the brain responsible for pleasure. As a result, this highly addictive sensation is then craved psychologically while at the same time your body will physically depend on the substance being present to feel "normal" when in fact you're in a heightened sense of stimulation and arousal.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Cocaine affects dopamine (neurotransmitter) in the brain; prolonged use depletes and affects brain's ability to make it. Cocaine can also cause stroke
Dec 31, 2011
A 39-year-old member asked:

What effect could cocaine have on the brain?

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Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Damage and depletion: Cocaine can cause brain damage. It is associated with changes in circulation in the brain that can lead to small strokes (micro-infarction) or, more rarely, large strokes. Cocaine can lead to panic and paranoia - which may persist after stopping the drug. Also Cocaine depletes Dopamine stores in the brain which can lead to a profound depression.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Lesions on the brain caused from speed or cocaine?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
YOU BET!!!: Stimulants can result in arteritis directly and hypoxia indirectly from cardiac toxicity. Seizures, psychosis, high fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dilated pupils, confusion and speech problems may all be seen. Strokes can occur (i.e., if you survive). In other words, these "recreational drugs" are fully dangerous and deadly.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

I don't use cocaine but my friend today said that it heals your brain or something?! I have a hard time be leaving it but if its true, how does it?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
NOT !!: Cocaine rots the brain. People who are addicts or who abuse drugs are often in denial of how much the drugs harm them. Cocaine abuse does not heal the brain.
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A 16-year-old male asked:

I asked a question earlier about cocaine healing the brain( which it doesn't i know) but what would a brain need healing from?

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Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Cocaine : If you are using cocaine, your brain will be depleted from dopamine, and other neurotransmitters like serotonin, adrenaline and noradrenaline. The continuous use of Cocaine will leave you with a deficiency with would require healing by replenishing your neurotransmitters to a baseline level, and reducing the artificial stimulation provoked by Cocaine preventing further damage.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
In the simplest terms, the wiring of the brain changes (really does) and often requires extensive therapy for healing.
Apr 9, 2013

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