Addiction and Dependency Name Institution Addiction and Dependency I agree with the fact that cocaine is very addictive, a feature that makes it hard for an individual to stop after initiating use. The drug is termed as addictive due to the alterations that occur in the brain after recurrent use (Mahendran et al., 2016). Cocaine acts as a stimulant when it is introduced to the body and hence increases the levels of dopamine. This chemical is associated with a feeling of pleasure. When cocaine permeates the brain, dopamine is released in excessive quantities causing a sense of euphoria (Volkow et al., 2006). Recurrent use of the drug interferes with the brains reward system as different...