Cocaine Effects Everyone and Everything It Touches
There are two ways of looking at cocaine effects—short term and long term. Short term use may not cause any negative consequences, although even first time users have suffered the worst possible effects.
People take cocaine for a variety of reasons and all of them are in the short term category. They like the high they have, the feeling of energy, vitality, alertness. Some feel invincible and are led to believe the drug helps them with job performance, or gives them the boost they need to navigate a busy schedule.
The down-side short term cocaine effects and consequences are dyer. Emergency rooms report cocaine deaths due to cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, seizures and deaths and serious injury due to stupid behavior as a result of using cocaine.
Long term Cocaine effects are HUGE!
Long term effects are the result over prolonged use. Like other drugs of abuse, cocaine users need more and more drug to achieve the desired effects, so over time the health risks of this drug are enormous.
Cocaine is highly addictive, so casual users can quickly turn into long term abusers and addicts. As the disease of addiction increases, the risk of the cardiac issues increases. While we said even first time users can have a cardiac event, long term users are playing with fire.
Heart attacks are common, as well as other forms of heart disease. Users can develop gastrointestinal problems with continued use, convulsions, muscle spasms, blurred vision and fall into a coma. Because cocaine suppressed appetite, users can go on a binge for days and not eat, leading to health problems related to poor nutrition.
As the addiction begins to take over the person’s life, they need money to support their habit. When the job doesn’t provide enough, they will rob, steal and otherwise do things they never thought they would do in order to get the drug. An effect of cocaine is the destruction of their life, as they fail on the job and lose their employment, as they break off family relationships and abandon friends.
Craving often most unbearable cocaine effect
Most any cocaine addict will testify, the worst part of the disease is the cravings. Cocaine effects the reward system of the brain and burned into the memory is the euphoria and pleasurable of the high and the user craves more drug, even after long periods of time staying clean.
One user told me that he had spent time behind bars, part of a five-year sentence, but even after completing treatment he still craved cocaine. Long term addicts can experience paranoia, restlessness, hallucinations and mood swings.
Addicts are always trying to get the same high they once experienced, and without treatment, serious health issues and death can await them. They are chasing the “ultimate high” and death is chasing them.
Long-term Mental Health Suffers
Cocaine can also cause long term mental health problems. There is not a huge amount of research in this area but bi-polar disease appears to be caused by cocaine abuse.
Little is known, but it may be assumed that certain people are predisposed to mental health problems and that abusing cocaine ( especially if combined with other drugs like marijuana and alcohol) increases the likelihood that the mental disease will start.
If these mental diseases begin, they may be irreversible even if the person stops abusing the drugs. The brain is unique and complex and what causes permanent mental disease is still unknown, but abusing cocaine is surly harmful to those already predisposed to mental health problems.
Cocaine also affects the family of the addict
Cocaine addiction is a family disease; if one member of the family is addicted everyone suffers. The addict usually steals, denies, stops working and generally causes havoc in the family.
Because cocaine addiction is a disease of the brain, it gets control of the brain and the addict becomes a totally different person. The cocaine causes the person to do WHATEVER is necessary to get the drug. The cocaine is in control and not the loved family member.
Cocaine has no morals and is mean, angry, selfish and self-serving. Until the addict stops using and gets the drug completely out of their system you can’t trust them at all with anything. That’s why treatment and detoxification are so very critical to help the family get back to normal functioning.
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