by Restorations Therapy Center on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
Individuals that use drugs typically don’t think about the long-term consequences of their actions. This is especially true when addiction is present because people will continue using despite the negative consequences. However, the long-term effects of certain drugs, such as cocaine, can be devastating to a person’s overall health. By understanding these long-term effects, you or a loved one may be more likely to seek treatment.
As with any regular drug use, a person that ceases long-term use will experience various withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are often uncomfortable and often cause the person to return to the drug to relieve them. Common symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include depression, vivid nightmares, fatigue, restlessness, increased appetite, slowed activity, and general feelings of discomfort. Withdrawal can last a few weeks to a few months.
Cocaine is commonly consumed by snorting it through the nose. Over time, this can cause problems such as loss of smell, nosebleeds, hoarseness, nasal septum irritations, and even problems swallowing. Those that inject the drug run the risk of developing HIV and hepatitis C. Individuals that smoke crack cocaine can damage their lungs and worsen asthma.
Cocaine doesn’t only affect the places you administer the drug, but it can also affect various organs. For example, tears and ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract may occur due to reduced blood flow, resulting in appetite loss, weight loss, and malnourishment. Cocaine also affects the heart, causing chest pains that can seem like a heart attack. Inflammation of the heart muscle may also occur, as well as aortic ruptures. Long-term use can also increase your risk of a stroke. Damage to the brain can result in brain bleeding, movement disorders, and impaired cognitive functioning.
Because cocaine is typically taken in binges, the drug can cause paranoia, irritability, panic attacks, restlessness, and even psychosis. The higher the dosage, the more likely the person will experience these effects, especially after long-term use. These do not go away over time, and the person can continue to experience them even after years of use.
Cocaine is a popular drug amongst younger generations because of the feeling it gives its users. However, those who have been using cocaine for years can suffer severe consequences due to their long-term consumption. Understanding these negative consequences can prompt more people to cease usage of the drug and seek addiction treatment. Restorations Therapy can help you find healing through our holistic programs addressing mental health, addiction, intimacy disorders, trauma, and more. Call us at (720) 446-6585 and start your journey to everlasting sobriety. Find healing today with Restorations Therapy.