Cocaine abuse during service is uncommon due to the strict drug tests enforced by the armed forces and other departments dedicated to the care of others such as firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, law enforcement, and more. However, upon return several service members often seek a way to calm the nightmares they experience as a result of PTSD by using and often abusing 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 abuse also results in a strong dependence that few, if none, can manage without the help of therapy or treatment.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful drug that is classified as a high abuse, high dependency stimulant. It’s chemically processed from the extracts of the leaves in coca plants, which are found in South America. Upon using it, this drug causes a boost in brain activity, which results in feelings of limitless energy and euphoria.

Available in several forms, the most common forms 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 Among Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders

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
  • Burned lips or fingers (if smoking)
  • Fast heart rate
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Aggressiveness

Long term use can also result in several symptoms of cocaine abuse that could affect the wellbeing of your health and wellness and ultimately result in serious health problems. These include:

  • Depression
  • Enlarged heart
  • 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. Cocaine withdrawal can often cause many to fall into a rapid state of depression, nervousness, and tiredness. This includes strong cravings for the drug as well as feelings of distress for no apparent reason.

There are also long term effects on the heart and vascular system, as a result of the tendency of cocaine to speed up heart beats and constriction of blood vessels. This can often trigger a stroke, heart attack, or cardiac arrest.

As the body adapts to the drug due to prolonged use of cocaine, a higher dosage is needed to feel the same high. In some cases this could lead to cocaine overdose which can lead to coma and even death.

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

The War Against Cocaine Addiction Begins Now

The War Against Cocaine Addiction Begins Now

Warriors Heart treats active military and veterans nationwide from our cocaine addiction treatment center located in San Antonio TX. We provide a healing program made by service members who understand the sacrifice we make each day by putting our lives on the line to protect civilians. This includes members of the armed forces, law enforcement, firefighters, and EMTs.

We work together with you to ensure that your addiction is taken care of and treated correctly with the help of our team of therapists and addiction counselors in San Antonio. We understand the life of a warrior and know that a cookie cutter program will not work for everyone. Our treatment program is tailored to best serve your situation.

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