According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are approximately 1.5 million cocaine users in the United States. Cocaine is often used recreationally because of the “high” it produces, giving users feelings of euphoria, positivity, alertness, and an overall general sense of confidence. However, although these are sought-after effects of cocaine, these feelings are short-lived and can quickly lead someone to depression, making this drug very addictive.
Quality of life (QOL) often refers to an individual sense of health, comfort and happiness; this term often coincides with the term well-being, which may include an individual welfare, health, happiness, prosperity, and an overall good or satisfactory existence. Cocaine use can disrupt a person’s QOL or well-being, as it can significantly impair their physical, social, and emotional functioning as well as disrupt their occupational status, family structure, and general health.
A 2015 study conducted by researchers from Brazil assessed 1,560 participants between the ages of 18 to 24 years old who completed surveys related to their cocaine use, healthcare use, treatment, psychiatric issues, and QOL components. The researchers found that between the groups of non-cocaine users and cocaine users, participants who struggled with cocaine use experienced lower quality of life scores than the non-users; these participants also experienced more body pain and poorer physical, emotional, and mental health than their counterparts.
Previous research has shown that the length of addiction and amount consumed over time can influence the severity of withdrawal symptoms experienced, which typically include irritability, sleepiness, lack of pleasure, anxiety, paranoia, and more. Cocaine use has been shown to cause much physical damage to the body, causing some individuals to experience tears and ulcerations in the gastrointestinal tract, loss of appetite leading to malnourishment, toxic effects on the heart and cardiovascular system, increased risk of stroke, inflammation of the heart muscle, aortic ruptures, bleeding within the brain, movement disorders, and so much more.
If you’ve been struggling with cocaine abuse, the best way to prevent these harmful effects of cocaine use are to seek help. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment today. You may not be able to completely reverse the damage done by abuse, but you may be able to significantly reduce the effects by seeking treatment earlier.
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