Cocaine addiction can and will lead to many complications of the body and the health of the user after continuous use. It can affect the user’s brain, central nervous system, heart, lungs, vascular system, ears, nose, throat, stomach, muscles, and skin.
The addicting nature of the drug is due to the feelings of alertness, increased energy, decreased appetite, sociability, excitement, increased strength, and decreased sensation of pain. Some unexpected results of the drug include restlessness, apprehension, teeth grinding, cold sweats, tremors, muscle tics, psychosis, and paranoia. These are the ways it affects the various parts of the body.
The negative effects cocaine has on the central nervous system and the brain include:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle spasms
The negative effects it causes on the heart can lead to severe heart disease, heart attacks, enlarged heart, aortic rupture or dissection, palpitations, ventricular fibrillation, or tachycardia. A person with damage to the heart muscles may experience:
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythms
The negative effects cocaine addiction has on the Respiratory System are as followed:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Neck pain
- Difficult and painful swallowing
- Pulmonary edema leading to respiratory failure
If you are suffering from cocaine addiction and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you need to seek the appropriate medical treatment for your addiction. If you are ready and need help, contact our addiction center for more information.