Just picking up that one line, in terms of having seeing an addict dealing with cocaine withdrawl, they may be in emotional pain, but the actual, physical pain is actually very minimal to none at all. In fact, it is generally accepted in the medical and psychological field that there really is no such thing as cocaine withdrawl.
"The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are emotional.There are no physical withdrawal symptoms from cocaine, which is why people sometimes trick themselves into thinking they aren't addicted to it. "I'm not physically addicted to cocaine." But there's no physical addiction and non-physical addiction – there's just addiction. All addiction occurs in the brain.
Even though there are no physical withdrawal symptoms, cocaine still satisfies the criteria of addiction. People have difficulty controlling how much they use, and they continue to use even though it has negative consequences to their life.
The emotional withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are:
I don't doubt that obviously. I understand there are no physical withdrawal symptoms - at least from what they technically consider physical. All I'm saying is that if you don't think an athlete can destroy his mind and body by using cocaine then you are just making a point to say "look at me, look what I know." It's an unnecessary point. Cocaine deteriorates the mind and that will leave incredible physical scars on the body - psychosomatic or not.
Taking cocaine causes different reactions in everyone, and the severity of the physical effects will differ depending on several factors. The purity of the drug, how frequently you take cocaine and your physical health all contribute to how your body will react to cocaine. While the effects of Cocaine use can vary, the typical reaction to taking this drug includes the following symptoms:
Elevated heart rate
Increased body temperature
Increased blood pressure
Constriction of blood vessels
The reality of cocaine hits after the high. Cocaine has powerful negative effects on the heart, brain, and emotions. Many cocaine users fall prey to addiction, with long-term and life threatening consequences. Even occasional users run the risk of sudden death with cocaine use. Read on for the not-so-glamorous truth about cocaine use and its effects (...)
Cocaine produces its powerful high by acting on the brain. But as cocaine travels through the blood, it affects the whole body.
Cocaine is responsible for more U.S. emergency room visits than any other illegal drug. Cocaine harms the brain, heart, blood vessels, and lungs -- and can even cause sudden death. Here's what happens in the body:
Heart. Cocaine is bad for the heart. Cocaine increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries supplying blood to the heart. The result can be a heart attack, even in young people without heart disease. Cocaine can also trigger a deadly abnormal heart rhythm called arrhythmia.
Brain. Cocaine can constrict blood vessels in the brain, causing strokes. This can happen even in young people without other risk factors for strokes. Cocaine causes seizures and can lead to bizarre or violent behavior.
Lungs and respiratory system. Snorting cocaine damages the nose and sinuses. Regular use can cause nasal perforation. Smoking crack cocaine irritates the lungs and, in some people, causes permanent lung damage.
Gastrointestinal tract. Cocaine constricts blood vessels supplying the gut. The resulting oxygen starvation can cause ulcers, or even perforation of the stomach or intestines.
Kidneys. Cocaine can cause sudden, overwhelming kidney failure through a process called rhabdomyolysis. In people with high blood pressure, regular cocaine use can accelerate the long-term kidney damage caused by high blood pressure.
You completely misunderstood my statement. Really not trying to say cocaine isn't dangerous or addictive, just saying that the fact that you cannot experience physical withdrawal symptoms when your stop using may be seen as a plus for an athlete. I'd imagine it's hard to get by as a heroin addict in the NHL, as you'd have to go clean at times and one would not be able to function as an athlete at that point as you'd be glued to the toilet, alternating between vomiting and diarrhea. If you're using cocaine, it's doable because of the lack of physical symptoms.
There is probably some truth to what your saying, but let's no pretend long-term it won't physically destroy an athlete.