Hormonal Balance and Cocaine Use

A wide range of physiological and psychological functions are controlled by the brain through a system of chemical signals and responses in the endocrine system. Many of the chemicals the body uses to send these signals are naturally occurring hormones. These hormones are responsible for a variety of functions, including the following:

  • Growth of muscle and bone
  • Response to panic, danger, or stress
  • Sexual attraction and response
  • Appetite and metabolism
  • Sleeping and waking
  • Exercise
  • Effectively managing emotions
  • Interacting socially

While this system functions well in most people, there are many who suffer from depression, behavioral disorders, addiction, pain, or psychological dysfunction due to imbalances in their brain chemistry caused by hereditary or environmental factors.

Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormone imbalance leads to these serious physical and psychological symptoms. The following conditions have the potential to disrupt this system and cause dangerous imbalances:

  • Hereditary factors
  • Substance abuse
  • Dietary problems
  • Allergies
  • Digestive diseases
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Poor exercise
  • Depression

Cocaine directly impacts the function of the thyroid gland, which is responsible for hormonal balance and function in the digestive system. As with other addictive chemicals, cocaine disrupts the production of thyroid hormones, which can lead to appetite disruption, impulse control disorders and intense anxiety. Over time this type of imbalance leads to depression, which may, in turn, be ineffectively self-medicated through increased substance abuse.

Re-establishing Hormonal Balance after Cocaine Use

Cocaine creates a powerful psychological addiction that, if left untreated, can cause serious physiological damage to the brain and other organs. Many people mistakenly believe that psychological addiction is simply a matter of managing feelings. It is much more than that. The thought and behavior patterns programmed into the brain in childhood are chemically re-wired by the brain’s intense craving for the euphoria offered by cocaine. Psychological addiction is more powerful and difficult to overcome than physical dependence. It can be especially difficult, if not impossible, for a cocaine addict to repair these addictive patterns if they are not properly balanced hormonally.

Several of the country’s most effective treatment programs identify and treat hormonal imbalances in incoming patients as an integral part of their addiction recovery process. Only when a person is in hormonal balance will they be able to successfully endure the rigors of recovery treatment.

Find a Recovery Program that Offers Hormonal Support

If you would like to find a cocaine addiction treatment program that offers full hormonal support, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day with confidential advice and referrals as well as answers to any questions you may have. Hormonal imbalance frequently leads to substance abuse, and cocaine use quickly causes hormone imbalance. Break the vicious cycle and call today. We can help you end this destructive pattern and lead you to realize all of the physical and emotional benefits of healthy hormone balance. Call now.

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