Cocaine Intoxication Essay

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Cocaine Intoxication "Cocaine intoxication occurs when you snort, smoke or inject too much cocaine. One becomes restless and overactive shortly after using cocaine, but with excessive use, cocaine intoxication can lead to death" (Adult Health Advisor, 2005). The four stages of cocaine intoxication are cocaine euphoria, cocaine disphoria, cocaine hallucinosis and cocaine psychosis. It has been noted that cocaine intoxication closely resembles a psychiatric disorder. In the movie, "The Boost", the main character Lenny Brown goes through each stage of cocaine psychosis and examples of his progression can be seen in the movie. The first stage of cocaine intoxication is cocaine euphoria which is described as being similar to a manic…show more content…
This stage is sometimes referred to as a "crash". Other symptoms include anxiety, sadness, apathy, irritability and sexual indifference. Contrast to cocaine euphoria, individuals feel tired and want sleep, but cannot fall asleep. Users in this stage also have strong cravings for more cocaine to return to the increased pleasure and energy in stage one. As the movie moves forward, so does Lenny's experience with cocaine intoxication. In the bar scene when he is waiting for the dealer with his wife, he is irritated with the dealer for being late, even though his wife is relatively unaffected by having to wait. Also, one can see how Lenny craves more cocaine once he is out of the hospital. He was just released for overdosing on cocaine, but as soon as he gets in the car with his wife, he asks her if she has any. Another example to show how desperate Lenny is to obtain more cocaine and try to impress people is by stealing $20,000 from his boss. As one moves into stage three, the symptoms and affects start to become more severe and dangerous. This third stage is referred to as cocaine hallucinosis. In this stage, individuals experience hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are sensory experiences that occur in the absence of actual stimulation (Kassin, 2004, 654.) In cocaine hallucinosis, users see, hear, feel, taste and smell things that are not there. Delusions, in contrast to hallucinations, are
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