While not many people use cocaine here in the Philippines since the drug of choice for most is the more affordable methamphetamine or shabu, it can’t be denied that many people still use cocaine.
And while cocaine, like other illegal drugs and addictive substances, have negative effects on the brain and body, women are more susceptible to its negative effects. They are also more likely to develop addiction to cocaine more than men.
For women who have a high risk for addiction, certain characteristics show their common denominators: women who are susceptible to developing addiction usually have a combination of genetic, familial, social, and environmental influences. They may also display low self-esteem and have skewed ideas of beauty. They want to please other people, and therefore are easily swayed by others to try things even if these are harmful to them.
The effects of cocaine in women are as follows:
- decreased appetite
- erratic and bizarre behavior
- abnormal heartbeat
- menstrual problems
- muscle twitches
- nasal perforation
- reckless and compulsive behavior
- risky and dangerous behavior
- mood swings
Women who are abusing cocaine may also get involve in promiscuous behavior and may even use their body to acquire money or drugs. They may also be more prone to being physically and sexually abused by partners who may also use drugs.