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.
FULL BLOWN FUNCTIONING COCAINE ADDICT/USER!
I'm the poster child for functioning addicts.... Not a sole but
me and my 'supplier' know what I put my body through......
It all started in 2002 when I had back surgery @ 22yrs old..... What follows surgeries? Pain pills.... I was hooked for 2 years thereafter..... Moved outta state and was forced to stop, not by my choice, went through 2 weeks of w/drawls, week 1 was the worst, but I made it..... Stayed clean for 2/3 yrs till I met the wrong people who had the right 'connections'.
It took me only a month to build a tolerance of like 120mg of oxy at one usage, & even then I never got that same high as before....... I was again under the control of opiates...
Long story short, it caused me to lose my man, my dog, my perfect life him and I made for ourselves out in HI.....'& all the while, he had NO CLUE I was using....
I felt & still do like I can hide my using from anyone, it's like my one 'super-power' I guess... Lame, but I have a users mind n don't think like a normal person......
Stayed clean for a year!
I left Hawaii, came back to mainland, got clean b4 I
came here to CA, stayed clean for a year.... Then, I was having a smoke
outside a liquor store & saw a deal go down right in front of my
eyes..... Saw the transaction of the money & the box of smokes that
contained the goods......
I can't describe the way I felt other than excitement.... I had a few mins to think of how to approach the guy, he was younger/my age kinda cute, TONS of tats..... Even on his head! Looked like a white gang-banger !! On his was back to his car, I spit out something asking him if the tats on his head hurt, just to feel out his reaction.... I got a good vibe, so, just as he was getting in his car, I called him over to me, & was straight up with him and asked what he can get!
Can't Believe I did that?
I can't believe I did that, but I did.... So when he asked what I was
looking for, I told him, he was able to get it, pills of course, he
then mentioned that he always had 'Heroin' and it was way cheaper......
Just the name heroin freaked me out (@ that point anyways) so I picked
up pills from him for a while, till he couldn't get them as easily, well
I needed anything so I wouldn't get dope-sick, I caved in & got
Heroin, I was terrified to try it, I called the guy n asked him a
million questions on how much/& how to take it...... Oneness up
snorting a line......
Wow, was the SAME as pills, just a lot cheaper ...... So yea, I used H for a month or so until my guy fell off the face of the earth... Idk what happened to him (glad he vanished tho) so for the next few months I was clean n happy/sober ......
Then, I was introduced to what I call 'The Devil in White'........ Yup, total 180• from downers/opiates...... I wasn't too sure bout cocaine at first, & I didn't really feel the full effects the first time I tried it..... But the 2ndt time, it was love....... Well, not was... IS <3...... if I had the means, I would be on a non-stop 24/7 binge......
Did a full week of binging every night recently, I was literally awake from a Sunday night, until that Friday , 5 days.... Omg....
But, being the functioning addict I am, no one had a clue...... Its like hiding my problem is the one thing outside of my job that I'm a pro at...... I don't wanna quit, but I know I need to,, I can't do this to myself...... Anyone else in same boat????
Functioning or Just Hiding?
by: Ned Wicker
If you don't get caught is it ok to do something that's wrong? Functioning addicts should know this philosophical question well. But have you gotten away with it over the years?
Where are the relationships with people, those meaningful connections that enrich life and make getting up in the morning worth while?
You have been hiding it all these years, yet it is a top of mind topic for you. If you believe you need to quit, or if you want to quit, get some help and don't try to hide the truth. You may be good at deceiving, but are you good at truth?
Something tells me you'll do fine if you're open and honest. Don't be afraid to come into the sunshine.