Illicit drug use during service is uncommon due to the strict drug tests enforced by the armed forces. However, several service members often seek a way to calm the nightmares they experience as a result of PTSD and begin using cocaine. Due to its addictive nature, it soon takes hold of their lives with several experiencing depression and paranoid episodes upon attempting to stop use.
There are several short and long term effects of cocaine abuse, most of which cause harsh effects on the body. Cocaine addiction also results in a strong dependence that few, if none, manage to break alone.