It’s Never Too Late In Life to Achieve Recovery from Cocaine

Cocaine had its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s when the crystalline powder became a popular party drug and the crack rock plagued inner-cities. While cocaine use has declined, it remains a widely used drug across the US. Per the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 11.6% of adults aged 18 to 25 and 16.5% aged 26 and older reported lifetime use. Regular cocaine use usually declines as people get older, but 1.2% of those 26 and older used the drug in the past year. This drug is highly addictive, and its health risks increase according to a user’s age. It is never too late to recover from cocaine addiction, but, the later in life someone seeks help, the greater the need for it.

Health Risks of Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance, because some doctors use it as a local anesthesia in certain eye, ear and throat surgeries, but its primary use remains recreational. The high rate of abuse in the 1980s means that many older adults have a history with the drug, which may motivate continued or renewed use. This drug can make users feel energetic, mentally alert and talkative, and it can help users perform physical and intellectual tasks more easily. These effects appeal to some adults, but the high may cause any of the following problems:

  • Constricted blood vessels, tremors, vertigo and muscle twitches
  • Increases in heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature
  • Feelings of panic, paranoia, anxiety, anger and irritability

A 2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse report explains that cocaine can contribute to heart attacks, irregular heart rhythm, strokes, seizures and even gastrointestinal complications. The most common cocaine-related deaths involve cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest. Cardiovascular and neurological health is a concern for many older adults, so an addiction can easily go undiagnosed and untreated due to its similarities to other heart issues. In fact, the American Psychological Association website says that 87% of older adults regularly visit a physician, but about 40% of people who have addiction risks ignore those issues, so their physicians often miss drug problems.

Cocaine Addiction Recovery

Physical health risks increase with age, but cocaine addiction can cause behavioral, mental health and quality of life issues that particularly concern older adults. Addictive behavior can alienate family members, drive social isolation, create financial problems, cause job loss and result in legal consequences. Nevertheless, recovery is possible regardless of a person’s age. In fact, integrated treatment addresses both addiction and co-occurring mental and physical health issues, so customized recovery plans include various behavioral, cognitive, motivational and life-skills therapies.

Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to connect you with treatment. They can answer questions, provide information, send brochures, make recommendations and explain the treatment options that will help you best. They can also check your health insurance or Medicare plan for specific benefits. It is never too late to achieve recovery from cocaine, so start now by making the call.

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