curious about whether cocaine use has any lingering effects on the brain, even after the activity has been stopped? Does a dopamine addiction fuel cocaine use, or does cocaine use fuel a dopamine addiction?
I am just very interested in knowing more about this.
Brains heal and this has been researched by Daniel Amen, MD using high tech brain scans called SPECT. I highly recommend you go to this website, go to the SPECT Gallery,and look at cocaine addicted brains, before and after. http://www.amenclinics.com/
Good question, and it does... but I am too tired and too lazy to answer your question right now. The point is that drugs re-wire your brain and raise your threshold for dopamine levels, so you need more and more cocaine to achieve the same level of dopamine high.
The best website I found about addictions and how they form is the one about addiction to porn. I watched Your Brain on Porn series http://www.yourbrainonporn.com/