Work-Related Stress and Cocaine Addiction

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), stress is defined as a physical response to stimuli, including actions or events that threaten or unbalance you in some way. The NIH states that stress is a natural occurrence that happens to everyone in some way. One of the leading causes of stress in the United States is one’s job due to the impact on day-to-day activities, finances, and home life. These stresses may lead to the use or abuse of drugs.

One of the drugs that may be used to deal with stress is cocaine. Cocaine is an addictive drug that is found in the form of a white powdery substance that can be snorted or melted down and injected with a needle.

Stress and Addiction

According to research by the American Psychological Association (APA), there are two types of stress that can be brought on by work: acute and chronic. Acute stress is short-term stress, lasting only a short while. Chronic stress continues for a lengthy period of time and reoccurs frequently.

Within each of these two categories, work stress may bring about the following symptoms:

  • Emotional distress
  • Muscular problems
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Heartburn
  • Elevation in blood pressure
  • Migraine headaches

Due to these factors, people may seek out cocaine as a way to treat the symptoms or avoid the pressures that work brings.

Cocaine and Stress

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), cocaine is a mood enhancer. When the “high” of cocaine wears off, the abuser will crash and have cravings for days afterwards. However, this drug may be used to help deal with the effects of stress. As a mood enhancer, cocaine can change how individuals react to certain things, especially stressful situations.

Cocaine is illegal in the United States, and possession of cocaine is punishable with jail time. Consequently, cocaine is very expensive, and it can be very dangerous to purchase.

Coping with Stress

While stress is something that many people deal with on a daily basis, it is also treatable. There are many healthy options for dealing with stress caused by work or other factors, such as the following:

  • Counseling
  • Therapy
  • Community involvement
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Outdoor activities
  • Family activities

These stress relievers may be an option for you or your loved ones. There are also treatment options that involve relaxation and coping techniques. Please do not wait to find the help you need.

Addiction Help

If you or someone you know is dealing with stress or an addiction to cocaine, you are not alone. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator who can help connect you to the treatment options that are best for you and your situation. Please call for help today.

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