Teachers and Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a well-known, illicit drug in the U.S. Cocaine acts as a stimulant, and is the most powerful, naturally occurring stimulant in the world. Its effects are almost immediate, and cause a user to experience euphoria, increased physical and mental energy, alertness, social behavior and a decreased need for sleep and food. There is no medical need for cocaine, therefore any use of this drug is strictly considered to be drug abuse. Cocaine is extremely addictive, both physically and psychologically, and anyone can become addicted, even teachers.

Even Teachers can Become Addicted to Cocaine

As more and more people begin to understand addiction as a disease and not a moral flaw or character trait, stigmas and stereotypes about addicts are slowly fading. When addiction is recognized as a universal disease, individuals are less likely to think that they and their loved ones are “above” addiction.

Addiction can affect anyone; people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, religions, social circles and professions, even the unlikely professions like teaching. Aside from the general risk-factors and influential factors of addiction, evidence shows teachers who study-abroad or train in countries where drug use is more prominent are more likely to abuse drugs because they have a more lenient attitude about drug use in general. Peer pressure, stress, lack of sleep, heavy workload and chronic pain are all other common issues that influence teachers who abuse cocaine.

How a Teacher’s Cocaine Use can Impact Students

It is only normal for children and students to have an unrealistic perception of their teachers as morally sound, superhuman beings. After all, these are the individuals who have been appointed to help shape the minds of others. But teachers are just as susceptible to stress, depression, loneliness, peer pressure, drug abuse and addiction.

A teacher’s cocaine use or cocaine addiction will impact many people, from his or her students to the entire community. Students’ educational experience and development may suffer, and their attitudes on drug and alcohol use will be impacted as well.  A teacher’s cocaine use can impact his or her students’ entire outlook and perspective on life, right and wrong, self-esteem, motivation and more.

Short and Long-Term Professional Repercussions for Cocaine Abuse

Teachers may be able to hide their drug use for a short-while, but it will eventually catch up with them. Teachers will be less productive at work and in their personal lives and eventually they may lose their job, license, and face drug-related felony charges, which prevent them from ever teaching again.

Teachers Getting Help for Addiction

New knowledge about the nature of addiction allows for better treatment and recovery opportunities aimed at a diverse population. People from all walks of life struggle with addiction, and there are now more treatment options available that cater to the particular needs of the individual addict. Teachers wanting to avoid the many professional, health, and social repercussions of addiction should seek help as soon as possible.

If you’re a teacher who’s ready to get help for a drug abuse or addiction problem, you can call our toll-free number to speak with a trained addiction counselor who can assist you. Whether you still have questions and concerns or if you are ready to find treatment today, we can help. Addiction counselors are on-hand 24 hours a day to find and connect you with the right treatment services, whenever you are ready to take action, and regain control of your life.

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