Can Cocaine Use Be Safe?

Cocaine is an illegal drug for a reason. It affects the brain and how it works, and it negatively impacts a user’s body.

Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Use

The symptoms of cocaine use may not be felt after one or two uses, but effects will escalate quickly and may include the following:

  • Nose bleed
  • Headaches
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Constriction of the blood vessels leading to raised blood pressure and heart rate
  • A spike in body temperature
  • Dilated pupils and light sensitivity
  • Sudden heart attacks or stroke

Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use

Long-term symptoms of cocaine use may not go away once you stop using the drug. Symptoms such as the following may last several months after use ends, or they may last a lifetime:

  • Behavioral and personality changes
  • Alienation from friends and family members
  • Mood swings and accompanying violence
  • Job loss or difficulty focusing on assigned tasks at work
  • Tolerance and a need to take more of the drug
  • Paranoia
  • Heart attack
  • Respiratory failure

Cocaine is expensive, and use can lead to severe financial strain.

Getting Cocaine Abuse or Addiction Treatment

Getting into a cocaine detox and treatment program can help you turn your life around. Cocaine detox services will help you approach your sobriety with a clean and healthy body, and detox will be followed by integrated treatment. An integrated treatment program will help you address underlying mental health concerns that impact cocaine addiction. Often people use cocaine as a stimulant to feel happier when struggling with depression or as a way to beat chronic fatigue or stress. Some of the underlying causes of cocaine use can include the following:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety

The risks of using this illegal drug far outweigh any perceived benefits. As a part of your cocaine addiction recovery you will uncover the root causes of early and continued use in order to help you to sustain your sobriety. It is dangerous to quit any drug without medical supervision, and help is readily available.

Find Help to End Cocaine Use Today

There is no time like the present to seek support and advice about cocaine use and cocaine rehab. Call our toll-free helpline, and talk with one of our counselors to find support and understanding and to get help finding appropriate rehab services to meet your unique needs. We are here 24 hours a day, and we want to help. Please call now.

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