October 2012

Symptoms of Cocaine Use and Abuse - Cocaine RehabOf the many recreational drugs available, cocaine is one of the most addictive substances that has become prevalent in the United States. At least four years ago, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that almost 500,000 cases of emergencies in hospitals were attributed to cocaine use, and the numbers have undoubtedly risen since that time.

Without question, cocaine use has become a highly serious issue. To aid in addiction recovery, here are some symptoms of cocaine use that may be helpful in identifying a cocaine user among those you know.

  • Runny or bloody nose – Snorting or sniffing is one of the more popular ways to ingest cocaine. This is often depicted in pop culture media with the user sniffing a line of cocaine using a rolled up currency note or other piece of paper. Chronic cocaine use via this method can lead to permanent damage of both the nasal area and the respiratory system. Users can also experience read more…

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Alcohol Use and Cocaine Use AbuseThe culture of substance use and abuse is rapidly escalating, from mere experimentation to the chronic mixing of combo drugs. One of the most dangerous of these combinations is alcohol use and cocaine use.

Even when ingested on its own, cocaine is already considered a dangerous drug, attributed to the leading cause of most emergency room cases of drug abuse, as reported by the Drug Abuse Warning Network.

Effects of Cocaine Use and Alcohol Use on the Liver

One particular danger of the effect of alcohol and cocaine use together is that they are not separately processed by the liver. Instead, these two substances combine to create a third toxic chemical known as cocaethylene. The continuing use of a combination of alcohol and cocaine results in a considerable amount of the cocaethylene toxin building up in the liver. The combination of the detrimental effects of alcohol on the liver, along with the results of cocaethylene in the system is a contributor to massive liver failure.

Increased Tolerance = Higher Rates of Substance Abuse

Frequent cocaine use will inadvertently lead to tolerance in most chronic users; this is not a good thing. Cocaine, in itself, is already a highly addictive drug. Combining it with alcohol intensifies and prolongs the effects of cocaine, and because of this, the tolerance of a user may also be affected. The tendency would be to seek the same experience. However, for most drug users, read more…

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