What Using Cocaine Takes Away From You

Individuals may take cocaine, because the high achieved from the substance occurs almost instantaneously. People quickly feel more alert and energetic, their mood increases and they have a feeling of supremacy. However the consequences of using cocaine are great and outweigh the dangers of even occasional use. Understanding what cocaine takes away from your life can help you take action to end cocaine use.

Negative Effects of Cocaine Use

Even when high on the drug users may experience symptoms such as irritability, paranoia and anxiety. These effects are minor in comparison with the lasting physical and mental effects of the drug. Cocaine affects the following parts of the body:

  • Heart. Increased heart rate and blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and arrhythmia.
  • Brain. Constriction of blood vessels in the brain can cause strokes, seizures and potentially violent behavior.
  • Lungs. Snorting the substance damages the nasal passages which can cause nasal perforation. Lung irritation may lead to permanent lung damage.
  • Gastrointestinal tract. Constriction of blood vessels in the stomach can lead to oxygen starvation and ulcers.
  • Kidneys. Sudden kidney failure can occur with cocaine use, and cocaine accelerates kidney damage due to high blood pressure.

These are not the only effects of cocaine use. People who use the drug regularly put a severe strain on their personal life and may alienate the people they love when cocaine becomes the most important part of their life.

Where to Find Help

There is hope. You can regain what cocaine has taken away, and you can find a happy and successful drug-free life. We are here to help you achieve your recovery goals. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about ending cocaine use and regaining a stable and healthy life. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.

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