soldier suffering from PTSD with therapist

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.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful drug that is classified as a high abuse, high dependency stimulant. Available in several forms, the most common include a powder form which is snorted, a dangerous procedure that involves injection called skin popping, as well as crack cocaine which is an impure version that is smoked.

Signs of Cocaine Use

There are several signs to look for if you suspect a loved one is currently using cocaine including:

  • Chronically runny nose
  • Nosebleeds
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Dilated pupils
  • Over-excitement
  • Paranoia
  • Long periods of wakefulness

Recognizing the signs of cocaine abuse allows for loved ones to give the care and attention they need before addiction takes their life away through cocaine overdose.

Cocaine Abuse Symptoms

Symptoms of cocaine abuse affect the well-being of your health and wellness and ultimately result in serious health problems. These include:

  • Skin infections
  • Respiratory problems, including respiratory failure
  • Strokes and other nervous system problems
  • Heart attacks and other heart related problems
  • HIV, if cocaine is injected
  • Coma
  • Death

Trying to stop cocaine use often results in a crash where users experience intense cravings for the drug, depression, anxiety, irritability, and long periods of sleep. In some cases, prolonged use of cocaine results in cocaine overdose which can lead to coma and even death.

The War Against Cocaine Addiction Begins Now

The War Against Cocaine Addiction Begins Now

Warriors Heart treats veterans nationwide from our cocaine addiction treatment center located in San Antonio. Serving members of the armed forces as well as law enforcement and firefighters, we work together with you to ensure that your addiction is taken care of and treated correctly.

Don’t fight alone. Warriors Heart is here to help you. (844) 448-2567