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Long-term Effects of Cocaine Use


Despite the damaging effects of long-term cocaine use, more
and more people are reporting using cocaine for the first time and at younger
ages. The short term effects of cocaine use can cause high heart and blood
pressure. Over time, elevated heart rate and blood pressure can cause
irreparable damage to the body. The long-term effects of cocaine use include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Increased Risk of Blood-borne illness (for
    intravenous drug users)
  • Loss of Smell
  • Stomach Problems
  • Depression
  • Paranoia

In the midst of our addiction, we don’t always stop to think
about the long-term effects of cocaine use. You need to remember that cocaine
is a highly addictive and powerful drug that places a tremendous amount of
stress on your body and mind. You should also take into consideration the
high-risk lifestyle that accompanies cocaine abuse.

However, if you are struggling with an addiction to cocaine,
knowing the frightening long-term effects of cocaine use might do little to stop
you from using. Scare tactics do little to dissuade addicts from using. But what
can make you realize how harmful and dangerous cocaine abuse is, is if you can honestly
look at your drug use and see the devastating impact it has had on your life. If
you can’t see the larger or long-term picture, at least look at what is going
on right now. Is your cocaine use interfering with your personal and
professional relationships? Are you spending more money than you should on
cocaine? Think about how much money you are spending towards your addiction. Add
it up. How much have you spent over the past month? The past year? Think of
what that money could have bought. Think of the time and energy you spend
obtaining, using and recovering from cocaine. That is time you are taking away
from more important things. It is the nature of addiction that everything else
fades into the background as your drug use becomes your primary focus.

Recovering Souls can help. Call us today to speak with one
of our team members. We can explain the recovery process to you, answer any
questions you may have about addiction or treatment. We are a free service
whose goal is to find appropriate treatment for our clients. We work with
treatment centers across the country and can help determine the kind of
facility that will be best for you.

You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250. Call us today.

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