You use cocaine because it gives you a sense of euphoria you’ve never felt before. It helps you feel confident. It gives you more self-esteem. It even helps you feel more sociable. From your perspective, these are all good feelings, right?
While that may be so, how you’re going about getting those feelings is dangerous. First and foremost, using cocaine even just once can lead to a fatal overdose. And if you use cocaine regularly, you’re risking an overdose every single time you get high.
But putting the thought of overdose aside for a minute, did you know cocaine can have disastrous effects on your body over time? In this article, we’ll take a look at what cocaine actually does to the body when abused on a regular basis and how proper treatment can help you reverse the effects.
5 Effects Cocaine Has on the Body
1. Heart Disease and Heart Attacks
Cocaine use affects your sympathetic nervous system by inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. This causes exaggerated activity in the sympathetic nervous system, which puts strain on your cardiovascular system. To put it simply, cocaine makes your heart work harder. But at the same time, cocaine constricts the capillaries and cuts off the amount of blood flow to your heart, limiting how much work it can actually do.
With cocaine, your heart is trying to work harder without enough fuel to function properly. This much stress on your heart can lead to heart attacks, aortic dissection, coronary artery aneurisms and stroke.
2. Respiratory Problems
If you snort cocaine, you put yourself at risk for respiratory conditions. This is because cocaine causes blood vessels to constrict and destroys capillaries that carry oxygen throughout the body. This damage can lead to conditions like chronic cough, pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma and lung disease.
3. Nose Damage
Your nose is full of mucous membranes, soft tissue and cartilage that make up your nose structure and help you smell. Each time you snort cocaine, you damage your nasal membranes more and more until you lose your sense of smell. Further damage to the tissue and cartilage can lead to septal perforations, which triggers breathing problems and the collapse of your nose structure.
It’s common for your appetite to go away when you’re using cocaine. In fact, if you’ve ever experienced a cocaine “bender”, you may have gone days without eating. Proper nutrition is key to your body functioning normally. Without the necessary proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits your body needs, you’ll experience malnourishment symptoms like depression, tiredness and irritability, loss of body mass and fat, trouble concentrating, and you’ll be less able to fight off illnesses and infections.
5. Infectious Diseases
If you prefer getting high by injecting cocaine into your body, you may have used a dirty needle or shared one with another individual. These actions can result in the spread of infectious diseases like hepatitis or HIV. Cocaine use also triggers increased sexual desire and poor decision-making. This combination can lead to perilous sexual desires, which is another way you can contract an infectious disease.
Cocaine Addiction Treatment to Help Your Body Heal
When struggling with addiction, your top (and oftentimes, only) priority is cocaine. You don’t care about the damage you’re doing to your body or brain because you need the high to feel good.
But what happens when your weakened immune system can’t fight off an infectious disease? Or what if you fall victim to lung disease? Cocaine addiction may have a hold on you for the moment, but these long-term health problems don’t have to be your future. Not with the right treatment program.
At Fountain Hills Recovery, we know how devastating cocaine addiction can be. That’s why our mission is to provide an evidence-based, effective treatment program that gets you away from the toxic environment where your cocaine addiction took hold.
When you come to our luxury treatment facility, we can help you get the cocaine out of your system and work with you to develop the skills and coping techniques necessary to manage relapse cravings. Through evidence-based therapies, yoga, proper nutrition and much more, we’ll help you reverse the damage addiction has caused and allow your body and mind to heal.
We also spend a great deal of time getting to know you and understanding what led to your addiction in the first place. If you’re suffering from a co-occurring disorder like depression or anxiety, we can help you heal from that suffering and develop healthy ways to cope that don’t rely on cocaine use.
Overcome Cocaine Addiction at Fountain Hills Recovery
Cocaine abuse doesn’t have to rule your life. And Fountain Hills Recovery, Arizona’s number one private luxury drug and alcohol rehab center, can help you find peace, healing and sobriety.
When you’re here, you’ll never be treated like a statistic. You’ll never be judged or shamed for your addiction and struggles. Every single member of our highly experienced team strives to provide compassionate and personalized care. We truly want to see you recover and we’re with you every step of the way during treatment and recovery.