What Are the Health Risks of Long-Term Use of Cocaine?
Prolonged cocaine use alters the brain’s reward pathways, making them less sensitive to natural triggers. But, that’s not all: prolonged use also interferes with the circuits responsible for managing stress. That is why users can become frustrated and even aggressive when the drug is not available.
Frequent use of cocaine can also increase the body’s tolerance to the drug, forcing patients to increase the dosage to get the same effects. That can lead to a dangerous circle as increased tolerance to cocaine can increase the risks of overdose.
People who take cocaine regularly can experience the following health issues:
- Increased heart rate
- Lung damage
- Loss of sexual interest
- Sexual dysfunctions
- HIV (for those who inject the drug)
Aside from the medical risks, cocaine addiction can also affect a person’s social and emotional life. From unemployment to broken relationships, abuse can lead to a downward spiral of anxiety and depression.
How Can I Help a Family Member During Recovery?
If your loved one is undergoing cocaine addiction rehabilitation, make sure they follow the treatment closely and attend all therapy sessions. Keep yourself emotionally available at all times. Being confident, patient and doing your best to reinforce healthy habits such as physical exercise, a nutritious diet, and enough sleep can make the recovery process easier for both of you.
Keep in mind that patients trying to flush the drug out of their bodies will often exhibit mood swings and irrational behavior. Try to communicate openly about drug abuse and how it affects everybody in the family, but also adopt a supportive attitude to help the person commit to a life without cocaine.
You can help prevent relapse by watching for potential triggers that led to drug abuse in the past. Also, make sure that the patient stays away from any environment that might remind them of past experiences.
By offering patients the love and support they need during this critical time, you can help them overcome any challenges and continue on the path to recovery.
Get Help Now
With the help of professionals and a strong support network, you can overcome cocaine addiction and enjoy lifelong sobriety.
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|Sunday 10:00 am||Discussion/Participation||Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center||1111 Garden Street|
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