What is Cocaine Addiction?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant, which is endemic to South America. Some types of medical professionals are licenced to use it in certain situations (i.e. local anesthesia), but the recreational use of it as a street drug is illegal. Despite this, many struggling individuals still turn to it for the euphoric high it produces.
Cocaine abuse can be facilitated through many methods of ingestion:
- Snorting, in which the drug, in a white, powdery form, is inhaled through the nose
- Smoking, in which the drug is heated to a vapor, which is then inhaled
- By-mouth consumption, in which the drug is swallowed, much like a pill
- Injection, in which the drug is dissolved in liquid and injected by needle directly into the bloodstream
Aside from having severe legal and financial consequences, as well as consequences for relationships, cocaine addiction, and other drug addictions, can have a drastically negative effect on a person’s health. Therefore, it’s crucial the struggling addict seek lasting sobriety immediately.
What are the Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Abuse?
- An increased risk of contracting bloodborne diseases. If the drug is injected, there is no guarantee the needle used is sterilized. Sharing or reusing needles can spread bloodborne ailments such as Hepatitis C and HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS.
- Infection, scarring, and collapsed veins. Prolonged periods of injection take a toll on a person’s skin and can, through collapsed veins, lead to circulation issues and stroke.
- Respiratory problems. Smoking the drug can increase one’s chances of contracting pneumonia. It can also cause asthma.
- Bowel decay. Due to cocaine addiction’s effect on the circulation, it can wreak havoc on the bowels, especially if consumed via the mouth.
- Loss of ability to smell. Prolonged cocaine addiction, if the drug is ingested via the nose, can damage one’s ability to smell.
- Impaired judgement. Cocaine abuse can make one susceptible to engaging in risky behavior (i.e. unprotected sexual activity) that they would not normally engage in while sober.
- Impaired immune cell function. Research demonstrates that cocaine usage decreases the efficacy with which immune cells function. This exacerbates existing medical ailments and, over time, leads to a greater susceptibility to new diseases.
Is there Any Hope for Permanent Cocaine Recovery?
Many addicts, when treated in conventional cocaine rehab centers, fail to stay sober for an extended period of time. This has led to many industry professionals claiming that relapse is a part of the cocaine treatment process.
This cannot be further from the truth.
These struggling people relapse due to ineffective treatment. Prolonged cocaine abuse causes chemical imbalances in the brain, alongside structural damage. Until these imbalances and damages are repaired and until the brain is given the natural resources it needs to heal itself, permanent recovery is nearly impossible. Traditional treatment fails these individuals because it does not provide the correct environment and nutrition needed for the brain to heal itself.
At Health Recovery Center of Minneapolis, we take a different approach than traditional cocaine recovery facilities. Our natural healing processes, combined with talk therapy, facilitates true biochemical repair—true restructuring of the brain to a healthy, non-addicted state and we have the results to prove it. We offer a route to permanent sobriety for those struggling with cocaine abuse.
If you’re frustrated with traditional cocaine rehab centers’ approaches, you have every right to be. Contact Health Recovery Center today at 800-554-9155 to get on the path to permanent recovery.