Using Cocaine to Cope with a Loved One’s Illness

When a loved one develops a chronic illness, that disease can inflict havoc on an entire family and community of friends. If a loved one is seriously ill, you and your family must change schedules, determine treatment options, talk to an army of doctors and decide who will be responsible for ongoing concerns. Who will mow the grass? Who pays the bills? Who will stay at the hospital overnight? Is your family willing to accept help from church members, friend, or other family? The stress surrounding a loved one’s illness can be intense and debilitating.

Using Cocaine as a Method of Coping

The stress surrounding a family member’s illness can reach a point that you need help coping. While counseling services are available, some people turn to cocaine as that method of coping because of its immediate physical effects. A person who is worn out from the daily routine of caring for a loved one may turn to cocaine to give a temporary burst in mood and energy. Others may use cocaine, because they want to escape. The euphoria and confidence cocaine provides temporarily alleviates the constant drain of caregiving. Turning to cocaine offers a temporary respite for the troublesome circumstances that won’t go away any time soon, but this drug will not simplify the situation in any way.

Reasons to End Cocaine Use

The respite from stress that cocaine seems to provide is short-lived. The high from cocaine use doesn’t last long. Increased cocaine use is necessary to continue to experience its desired effects, and use quickly becomes abuse and dependence. There is no safe cocaine use. Abuse can lead to a variety of physical problems including seizure, stroke and heart attack. A cocaine addict may suffer other consequences such as broken relationships, unemployment or legal troubles, and an addicted individual will not be able to provide the support loved ones need during times of illness.

Cocaine Addiction Help

If you are using cocaine to cope with a loved one’s illness, call our toll-free number any time to talk about your concerns, discuss recovery resources and learn more about your options. We are here to provide the help and support you need, and we are here 24 hours a day to do so. Please call now.

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