If you suspect that cocaine use is a problem, or people in your life have told you it’s a problem, it probably is. If you are using cocaine despite negative impact on your physical, financial, professional, or emotional health, it is a problem.
Job-loss or problems with work performance, chronic insomnia or inconsistent sleep patterns, frequent mood swings and irritability, debt or money problems, frequent nose bleeds, family and relationship problems, heart irregularities, accelerated or slurred speech, weight loss, driving under the influence of cocaine, craving increased dosages of cocaine, physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms, etc.
Physical Signs of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine use damages the brain, heart, blood vessels, lungs, and has been known to cause sudden death. Cocaine is responsible for more emergency room visits in the United States than any other illegal drug. Cocaine causes stress to the heart. It increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries supplying blood to the heart, and can lead to a sudden heart attack in otherwise health individuals. Cocaine can also trigger arrhythmia, which are irregular heart rhythms that can be deadly.
Cocaine can cause a stroke in people of all ages by constricting blood vessels in the brain. Cocaine can also cause seizures and lead to bizarre or violent behavior. Snorting cocaine damages the nose and sinus cavities, and can cause nasal perforation. Smoking crack cocaine irritates the lungs and can cause permanent lung damage. Cocaine constricts blood vessels supplying the gut, which causes oxygen starvation of these organs and can lead to ulcers, or perforation of the stomach or intestines. Cocaine can cause rhabdomyloysis, which is sudden, overwhelming kidney failure. Regular cocaine use can accelerate the long-term kidney damage caused by high blood pressure. Chronic cocaine use can impair sexual function in both genders. It is known to cause delayed or impaired ejaculation in men.
You are not alone. PBI is here to help. Call us 24/7 at 800.433.5098. Our intake counselors can help you learn more about cocaine addiction, and how to get help. We can also help you through the insurance process. If you are uninsured we can help you develop an affordable self pay plan.