The Harmful Effects of Social Cocaine Use

Depositphotos_5693910_xsSome people who use cocaine are not addicts. They just use it as a “recreational” drug on social occasions and they wonder, “What’s the harm in that?” After all, they’re not addicted.

It is easy to think that trying cocaine once in a while isn’t harmful, kind of like thinking being a casual smoker instead of an addict won’t hurt.

Even occasional use can cause problems for the user’s physical and mental health. Some may not become addicts, but some will. Many addictions have started with something as simple as a little “taste”.

Don’t fall for the ruse that it’s “only dabbling”. Even social cocaine use causes huge danger to a user’s arteries and heart. And that’s just for starters.

Cocaine is the Perfect Heart Attack Drug

News flash: You don’t have to be a cocaine addict for the drug to damage your heart. Even young, fit, social cocaine users have been known to  have massive heart attacks.

Fact: If you use cocaine socially, your chances of developing heart disease are markedly increased.

Cocaine use causes stiffening of the arteries, high blood pressure and thickened walls of the heart. These things show up in casual social users much more than in non-users – even in people who use cocaine only once a month. When “high”, a user can feel very energetic and hyperactive. This is because the drug spikes activity in the heart and circulatory system, placing enormous strain on both.

Using cocaine can cause hypertension (even temporary) and vascular stiffness. These continue to last long after the drug has worn off, so there is no truth or comfort whatsoever in claiming that the drug is only dangerous when it is in your system.

The “Social Use” Excuse

“Social use” is an excuse people use to make themselves feel better about what they’re doing. It is much like “just a sip or glass of wine” or “just a puff of a cigarette”.

Cocaine is an illegal drug and for good reason. There really is no such thing as “social” use. Any time it is used, cocaine is dangerous.

“But Doesn’t Cocaine Make Parties Much More Fun?”

Like some other drugs, cocaine is known widely as a party drug. People have taken it in a bid to dance longer and be lost in the moment. Others take it because they think it will make them better in bed.

Like any drug, cocaine takes over a user’s brain. Even one dose on occasions. It diminishes a person’s ability to make wise decisions. The user feels more active, reckless and inclined to take risks. In such cases, the effect of social cocaine use can make someone disregard the dangers of consuming a cocktail of other drugs. The long-term effect can be serious damage to the brain and internal organs – even from occasional use – because the body is forced to operate outside its limits. Even worse effects can be addiction, permanent high blood pressure, hospitalization, heart attack, stroke, seizures, even death.

If you indulge in “social” cocaine use, or a loved one does, contact some supportive drug rehab experts who can provide advice without judging. It could save your life.

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