Don’t Let Yourself Live In Fear of Relapse

Fear can ruin a life. If you spend your time looking forward and worrying about falling back into bad and destructive habits, you may create a self fulfilling prophecy for yourself.

 

Self Fulfilling Prophecy

What’s that? A self fulfilling prophecy is like this: You’re driving your car down the street just fine. There’s some traffic, but no big deal. Then you get caught up in the concern that you might hit the car beside you. “Am I going too fast? Too close to the line? Are they crossing into my lane? Is that their phone in their hands?!” After a few minutes of this there is impact. Remember Drivers Education? If you look in a direction, you’ll likely stear in that direction. Obsessing about something can steer you right into the place you don’t want to be.

 

Relapse Is Not Inevitable

Sometimes relapse feels like it is looming there in the distance. Like some kind of inevitability. But, remember, you have the power to make the choices to structure your life in a way that helps you guard against relapse. Instead of fearing it, build infrastructure in your life that keeps you safe from addiction, and helps you thrive. Fear will tear you apart if you let it, but if you look at replace as just one more thing you need to set up safety measures for, proactively, eventually you will see that you are in control of your life, not addiction. You would never teach a child to fear heights. You would teach them to pay attention to the warning signs, to not pass the guard rail. You need to look at your fears, and set up those same warning signs for yourself. Find those guard rails and respect them.

 

If you or anyone you know are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and are seeking out a Broward County drug rehab or detox program, give us a call at  (866) 319-6126. We would love to tell you about our residential detox and South Florida rehab centers. No one can recover on their own. We are here to help you find your footing on your road to sober living.

 

Imposter Syndrome and Sobriety

So what is imposter syndrome? I bet you have more of an idea than you think. Have you ever been in a situation where you were with a group of people you thought were really brilliant? Maybe they acted like you were just as smart as they are. Maybe they felt like you were just as competent and useful as you believed them to be. Did you feel like you measured up like they thought you did? Or did you feel like any minute now, they would realize you aren’t as brilliant as they thought you were. Did you think you would be exposed as a fraud? Did you ever feel like your success was a fluke? Like you didn’t deserve something that you worked so hard for and got? That is imposter syndrome. It sounds like it’s not a big deal, but imposter syndrome can take the joy and hope of great success and turn it into misery – sometimes ruining lives.

 

After you get back from rehab I hope that you have no doubt that everyone deserves a healthy and sober life. Even if you come away from rehab knowing this, it can still be hard to live out in the face of complicated emotions like Imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome can haunt people, especially women, with the idea that they are just fooling themselves and everyone around them. That they can’t be successful at being sober, or at their career, or at being an amazing parent, or fulfilling lover. But it’s not true for anyone, including you.

 

You’re scared, but you can make it. Maybe before you went to rehab you were an opioid addict. Maybe you feel that societal stigma, and even though you’re off the pain meds, and you’re looking forward you still feel like any success will be undeserved. I’m here to tell you that you can win out over imposter syndrome. But how?

  1. Get a buddy. Make sure you talk to your friends and loved ones about your imposter syndrome. Have at least one friend who can remind you how strong you are and how far you’ve come. Looking back at how far you have come can be reassuring and help you keep going.
  2. One step at a time. When you start to feel skeptical of your own success. About deserving the benefits of good choices and hard work, remember to, instead of getting discouraged, remember that what is important is not how successful you feel, because you won’t always feel like a success, but what matters is that you keep stepping on the road of sobriety, one step at a time. Eventually you will feel that hope and believe in your own success again.

 

Maybe you’re not struggling with imposter syndrome. Maybe you’re still wrestling in the depth opiate addiction. We want to help. Drug addiction, particularly heroin and Oxycodone addiction is very scary and dangerous. But there is hope through our heroin drug treatment in Broward County. Don’t try to detox on your own. Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can make you very sick. When you go through withdrawal from oxycodone you need to have medical professionals to monitor your health and make sure you’re needs are met and that your vital signs are stable. We want to guide you to hope in recovery. Call us now at  (866) 319-6126

 

What’s the Difference Between An Opioid And An Opiate?

Opioid and an opiate are two words that are often thrown around interchangeably. When people reference the drug epidemic sweeping the nation, sometimes they say “opioid epidemic,” and sometimes they say “opiate epidemic.” It’s not always clear that these are two different types of drugs altogether. Understanding the difference between opioids and opiates is key to preventing addiction or treating an existing problem.

So, What is the Difference Between An Opioid and An Opiate?

Opioids refer to both synthetic and natural forms of an opioid. Synthetic opium drugs contain natural opium then altered by the addition of synthetic opioids. Opiates refer to opium drugs found only in nature from the opium poppy plant. Don’t let that fool you, though. 

Keep in mind that while all opiates are opioids, not all opioids are opiates. Also, some people make the mistake of thinking that because opiates are less harmful because they’re natural. However, opiates are highly addictive and frequently misused, just like opioids.

Opioids and Opiates: What Drugs Belong to Which Category?

As mentioned above, the difference between opiates and opioids are significant. They both include different kinds of drugs. 

What drugs are Opioids?

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, or Percodan
  • Hydromorphone, or Dilaudid
  • Duragesic, or fentanyl

What drugs are Opiates?

  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Thebaine
  • Morphine

Do They Make You Feel Different?

Both kinds of opioids bind to the opioid receptors in the brain. Those are the pain receptors, the reward receptors, and the receptors that control addictive behavior. Although each drug has a variation in its effects, ultimately, the feeling is quite similar. 

When someone used opioids or opiates, they’re looking to alleviate pain. These drugs temporarily lessen pain and often induce a euphoric, calm feeling. These feelings are temporary and only worsen your naturally existing condition.

Although these drugs can be prescribed and taken carefully, misuse is a severe risk. It’s easy to fall into toxic drug habits without even realizing you’re doing so. Navigating the differences between opioids and opiates will help to educate you and prevent addiction.

Symptoms of Opioid and Opiate Addiction

Although it’s important to understand the differences between opiate and opioid addiction, the signs, and symptoms of addiction are essentially the same. To reiterate, there will be variations within each drug and frequency of use. 

There are many signs one can look out for when it comes to opiate and opioid addiction. Spotting these symptoms early on can prevent fatal consequences and overdose. Do not feel ashamed if you notice these symptoms within yourself. 

Being honest with yourself is the first step in recovery. We’re telling you it’s okay to find yourself in a position where you realize that you’re not okay. What’s important is recognizing the warning signs and taking that first step on the road to recovery. 

The following symptoms are the most common:

Mood Symptoms:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Temporary euphoric mood 
  • Irritability

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Forging prescriptions for opiates
  • Stealing narcotics from friends and family
  • Robbing pharmacies and other medication dispensaries
  • Not fulfilling important obligations/responsibilities
  • Decreased performance in your career or school
  • Preoccupation with obtaining, using, and recovering from the usage of opiates
  • Lying to others to cover the amount of drug taken
  • Withdrawing from once-pleasurable activities
  • Social isolation
  • Restlessness
  • Lethargy

Physical Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain relief
  • Respiratory depression
  • Sedation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Seizures

Psychological symptoms:

  • Addiction
  • Memory problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Worsening of mental health
  • A decrease in emotional well-being
  • Prevalent symptoms of mental illness

Symptoms of Opioid and Opiate Overdose

An overdose of opioids or opiate calls for immediate emergency medical treatment. If you or someone you love has overdosed on opioids, call 911 immediately. Recognizing these symptoms as soon as possible is key to preventing a fatal overdose.

Symptoms of an overdose include:

  • unresponsive (can’t wake)
  • slow, erratic (irregular) breathing, or no breathing at all
  • slow, erratic pulse, or no pulse
  • vomiting
  • loss of consciousness (passing out)
  • constricted (small) pupils

Don’t wait any longer to get help. You or a loved one can begin to change your life today.

Beginning Treatment for Opioid and Opiate Addiction

We like to emphasize that the treatment of each individual is unique. Depending on their circumstances and needs, the program will vary in structure. However, at the core, our treatment programs all provide the same quality care. 

Treatment begins with an assessment. The goal of the assessment is to gain a thorough understanding of the patient. This will help our staff develop a treatment plan that best matches the patient’s needs. One of our clinicians will ask questions to understand nearly every part of a patient’s life. 

Common assessment questions include: 

  • How long has someone been using drugs? 
  • What other medications are being taken? 
  • Are there special social or financial circumstances or needs? • Is there a family history of addiction?
  • Are there other mental or chronic health problems? 

After the assessment, a complete physical examination of the individual is next. This allows our medical staff to understand what current state the patient is at. This includes finding other common conditions (physical or mental) related to addiction, which may alter the treatment program given to the patient.

Types of Opiate and Opioid Addiction Treatment

The severity and length of your opioid or opiate addiction will influence what kind of treatment program will work best. Treatment options may include medical detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, or a level somewhere in between, such as partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient.

You’ll work together with our dedicated staff to find the best treatment for your needs. Keep reading to learn more about the different kinds of treatment for opioid and opiate addiction.

Inpatient Rehab/Residential Treatment for Opiate and Opioid Addiction

Severe addictions typically call for inpatient (residential) rehab. This type of treatment offers the highest level of care with around-the-clock care. The patient will reside at the facility following a structured program.

Our treatment programs are far more than just therapy and medical care. We’ll incorporate less traditional approaches, such as holistic care and music therapy. We believe in treating the patient as a whole, not just the addiction. 

If you have trouble controlling the intense cravings for opiates or opioids, residential treatment can make a huge difference. Inpatient rehab teaches our patients to live without opiate or opioid drugs, developing strong coping mechanisms and recovery skills through individual and 12-step group programs.

Our residential treatment for opioid or opiate addiction may include:

    • 24-hour nursing supervision
    • Co-occurring disorders treatment
    • Medication management, as necessary
    • Nutritionally balanced meals 
    • Individual therapy with an addiction counselor
    • Group or 12-step therapy 
    • Family therapy, as needed
    • Alternative therapy options, such as music therapy and holistic care
    • Aftercare and discharge planning, such as sober living homes

The minimum length of an inpatient program is 28 days, although patients generally choose more extended programs. Inpatient rehab allows people to commit to their well-being and good physical and mental health, relationships, finances, and more. We recommend you to stick with us from the beginning of the journey through the end, from detox to aftercare. 

Opioid and Opiate Addiction Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient treatment will offer the same high-quality care as residential treatment. The main difference is the flexibility of the schedule. Patients are not required to live at the facility during treatment.

Outpatient rehab is typically best suited for those that have completed higher levels of care (detox, inpatient, or partial hospitalization). An outpatient program can be a great help when it comes to transitioning back into your regular life.

Outpatient treatment allows our patients to attend to family and job responsibilities while still receiving treatment. People in outpatient rehab programs can learn valuable skills for sobriety while going back to school or work.

Our structured outpatient treatment programs involve regular meetings with an addiction professional and include counseling and therapy sessions. Outpatient treatment generally incorporates: 

  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric counseling for those with anxiety, depression and other co-occurring disorders
  • Nutritional counseling

Call Us Today

Drug addiction, particularly opiate and opioid addiction, is very dangerous. Whether it’s you or a loved one struggling, we’d be honored to be a part of your recovery journey. With the right treatment program, recovery is possible.

Not only recovery but a more fulfilling and happier life is the goal at 1st Step Behavioral Health. Call us at (866) 319-6126 or contact us here for more information about available programs.


 

 

 

How The Nature vs Nurture Debate Plays Out For Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Are you struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and you’re looking at your life thinking, “how did I get here?” Maybe you’re just back from 1st Step Pompano Drug Rehab or Alcohol Rehab in Pompano and you’re asking this question in a kind of retrospective. You’re looking for answers so you can learn about your triggers and create a life set for successful and uninhibited sobriety. Or maybe you’re just finding the courage to admit to your family, perhaps even just to yourself that you have an alcohol or drug addiction, and you are desperate to understand how this happened, and how you can pull your life back from the clutching grip of your substance dependency.

 

Whether you’re looking back at a life before sobriety or looking forward to the difficult yet rewarding journey of getting health and living a sober life (one that starts with the courage to get help through a South Florida detox) the answers are comforting to have. Understanding the science of addiction can give an addict something more tangible to hold on to to than what society would have you believe is a problem with the addict in some inherent way. When it comes to why people develop a chemical dependency to drugs or alcohol, the debate of Nature Vs Nurture is very much alive. But it isn’t because science hasn’t spoken. In an Genes and Addictions, an article for American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman write that, “Both genetic and environmental variables contribute to the initiation of use of addictive agents and to the transition from use to addiction. Addictions are moderately to highly heritable. Family, adoption, and twin studies reveal that an individual’s risk tends to be proportional to the degree of genetic relationship to an addicted relative.” In other words, both nature and nurture decide a tendency for addiction to drugs or alcohol, and the closer in relation you are to the other members of your family who have struggled with chemical dependency, the more likely you are to not develop an addiction yourself, but your genes play a role in exactly how long it takes you to go from a casual user of addictive substances and a full fledge addict. So let’s look a bit closer at both the natural genetic reasons and environmental reasons someone may suffer from chemical addiction.

 

Nature

Have you ever heard someone say that addiction runs in their family? Well, as you read in the quote above from L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman, it turns out that could literally be true. If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol you may be surprised to hear that family genetics could have something to do with your personal tendency toward a chemical dependency on drug and alcohol.

 

Society likes to talk about addiction like it is a failing of the person suffering, so we often don’t talk about what predisposes an addict toward the disease, but it is worth knowing that some of your addiction is spurred by biological elements within your body. If you have members of your family who have likewise struggled with abuse, it might help explain some of why you are also there now. Genetics can play a role in many factors of an addict’s journey from how quickly someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, to if someone is more likely to relapse, as well as the severity of the symptoms that come along with detox, and the way their body copes with the sometimes devastating side effects of withdrawal.

 

The studies that L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman write about showed that the more immediate the relation with an addiction, the more likely a person is to also be at risk of being afflicted with a chemical dependency. Your genes do play a part here but it would be remiss of us to not point out that differentiating between nature versus nurture as the bigger contributor of predisposal to substance addiction, when the family member is a mother or father (assuming that the drug or alcohol addict in question was raised by their biological parents) would be very difficult.

 

Untangling the social versus gene impact on a person’s proclivity toward substance abuse might be easier when you take into consideration that as you age your genetics and your environmental inputs shift and so does which one contributes most to your likelihood to develop an addiction.  If it is indeed true (and it follows that it would be) that a mother or father with an addiction will predispose you more than an aunt or uncle would, genetically, it’s a much more chicken and egg question than we may be happy with if we are looking for hard and fast answers for why chemical abuse affects one person and not another.

 

Nurture

L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman go on in Genes and Addictions to explain that nature and nurture play off of each other to determine a person’s addiction tendency, “The Virginia Twin Study revealed that in early adolescence the initiation and use of nicotine, alcohol, and cannabis are more strongly determined by familial and social factors, but these gradually decline in importance during the progression to young and middle adulthood, when the effects of genetic factors become maximal, declining somewhat with aging” It may not surprise you to learn that as a person develops into adolescence the genetics of the their likelihood to try drugs or alcohol is more determined by a social factor.

We all know, even if only because of the public service announcements we were all subjected to as children, that peer pressure can be an overwhelming and almost unavoidable part of growing up. It’s hard for a lot of kids to push back against friends, and as a person reaches adolescence a sense of tribal community becomes almost a developmental imperative, or at least a vital right of passage. Therefore it becomes even more difficult for someone to “just say no” as an adolescent than it will be as the teenager grows into a young adult. A kid will  choose what seems like a bonding experience with a close friend over good judgement more often than not.

 

As kids become teenagers, social pressure, a natural curiosity, shifting hormones, and the fact that mental health disorders often pop up during puberty may all be reasons that a kid would try drugs or alcohol when they are in middle school or high school. However as they get older the social pressures become less of a factor than the genetics make up passed down from previous generations.

Another aspect of the “nurture” influence on predisposal to drug and alcohol dependency is how available an intoxicant is to someone. “The availability of addictive agents is determined by culture, social policy, religion, economic status, and narco-trafficking, and it changes across time and space.” Goldman and Bevilacqua tell us in their article.

 

Why is The Origin of a Person’s Addiction Important Anyway?

o why are we even talking about what makes a person likely to develop the tragic disease of chemical dependency addiction to drugs and alcohol? L. Bevilacqua and D. Goldman go on in Genes and Addictions to explain to us why these studies are important, “Genetic studies and other analyses clarifying the origins of addiction help destigmatize addiction, leading to more prompt treatment. Knowledge of genetic factors in etiology and treatment response may enable the individualization of prevention and treatment, as well as the identification of new therapeutic targets.”

The stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction in this society is an affliction all on it’s own. How can we expect to help people heal from this disease, and help to restore our culture’s health as a whole by reducing fatal overdose and drug addiction in general, all while verbally and emotionally abusing the whole people group afflicted with the disease? When shame and abuse are two of the main elements that feed addiction in a predisposed person, how can that person be judged for not seeking help, when our response to abuse is to deem that person as selfish, lazy, taking the easy way out, or even worse, criminal?  We are only reinforcing addiction’s foundation within the people who are predisposed and suffer from the disease of addiction. But the more we know, scientifically about the root of the disease, the more factual evidence we have to explain how someone becomes addicted to a substance, the more likely we will be able to fight this damaging social attitude and eventually create a culture of compassion surrounding this devastating and fatal scourge on society. But we have to start by accepting and publicly caring for the individuals that are already suffering.

 

What Kind of Treatments Are Available for Drug and Alcohol Dependency?

If you are suffering right now from undiagnosed or treated chemical dependency, there are treatment options for you. An addiction to drugs or alcohol can be a very scary and dangerous affliction. The first thing you need to do, and you should do it as soon as possible, is take a look at our South Florida detox program. You’ll want to detox with medically qualified professionals who can monitor your vital signs and overall wellbeing, to be sure you are safe while experiencing the sometimes intense side effects that come along with detox withdrawal. At 1st Step’s Pompano drug rehab, and our alcohol rehab in Pompano we offer all manner of treatment programs. If you call us at (866) 319-6126 we can help you walk through the programs we have and help you make a recovery plan that works individually for your needs.

We Need To Talk About Underage Drinking

We have a major issue in this country with underage drinking. Every year thousands of young people, often teenagers end up in alcohol related accidents, if not incidents resulting in their, or someone else’s, death. The only way out of the problem is through education and honest communication with our kids about the way you can engage in a healthy way with intoxicating substances. In the past it has been the societal norm to avoid the subject of addiction. It’s a dirty word. No one admits openly to being an alcoholic or drug addict because there is such a stigma around it. But if adults cant come clean in public, kids will never fess up to experimenting with drugs and alcohol, especially at early ages.  

 

It’s not all seventeen and eighteen year olds drinking, Your kids are exposed to alcohol at younger ages than ever, and the earlier someone is exposed to alcohol the more likely they are to develop an addiction than those who wait until the legal drinking age. Many times, when kids are exposed to alcohol at such an early age they get it from a friend’s parent or another adult in their life.

 

Talk to your kids about why there are legal boundaries around underage drinking. Start early and make a plan with them about how they can deal with social situations where they feel pressured to drink. You should also make a plan with them if they do drink. Let them know that if they get drunk you will help them get home safely. Reiterate that they must not drive drunk. You don’t want to encourage them to drink of course, but if they know they can call you, they will be more likely to be home safely for the lecture you want to give them.

 

The only chance we have against the epidemic of underage drinking and deaths due to underage drinking is talk with our kids about the consequences, and make sure they know that we support them and will help them stay safe, even when they mess up.

 

If you or anyone you know are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and are seeking out a Broward County drug rehab or a Detox in Broward County, give us a call at (866) 319-6126. We would love to tell you about our residential detox and South Florida rehab centers. No one can recover on their own. We are here to help you find your footing on your road to sober living.

One Really is The Loneliest Number

Every addict has found themselves avoiding important people in their lives because they are either ashamed of their addiction, or they know that certain people will openly disapprove of their destructive habits, or both. When you do see your friends and family do you find yourself lying to your loved ones about how much you drink or use? If you have been lying or stealing from the people you love, you can bet your addiction is at a dangerous level. When a substance like drugs or alcohol become more important, more vital to you than your family and friends, it is time to look into getting help for your addiction.

 

Loneliness is one of the big contributing factors that feeds alcohol and drug abuse. When you push away those who love you, you risk threatening any success you would have in your efforts to get clean. If you’re reading this blog, I have to believe you’re interested in a sober life. A life where you don’t feel beholden to a substance that while making you feel relaxed, euphoric, or distracted from your pain is deteriorating your body and mind. Don’t let shame make your important relationships fall apart. To walk the winding road of recovery, the most important tool you’ll need in your tool belt will be a strong support structure. You’ll need those people around you. They’re concerned about you, and they love you. That’s why they ask you about your drug and alcohol use. They want you to live, and live well.

 

Along with your friends and family, we can help you build a more robust support structure, and guide you through the first steps of recovery. If you or anyone you know are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and are seeking out a Broward County drug rehab or a Detox in Broward County, give us a call at (866) 319-6126. We would love to tell you about our residential detox at our South Florida rehab center. No one can do it on their own, but we can absolutely do it together.  

The Age Old Heroin Tale

You must have been sixteen. You were on the basketball team and your team was on fire that year. You were headed to state and feeling at the top of your game. Your point guard broke his leg a week before the big game and couldn’t play. Your whole team felt more unsure and the nerves took a hold of you. As the team’s point guard was recovering from his broken bone he had access to oxycodone for pain. The night before the big game, the team got together to celebrate, to get pumped for the game,. Your teammate offered everyone some of his oxycodone, “they’ll help you get rid of the nerves you have – make you feel really relaxed, and chill before the game”. Everyone took one, including you. And he was right. When you took the oxycodone you felt a sense of relaxation and euphoria.

 

That was the mistake which became the beginning of an addiction that has lasted over a decade. After that day you came back to Oxycodone over and over again. You began to find it through kids at school. By the time you graduated high school your grades were so low your parents were at their wits end. You scraped into a community college with your low gpa, only to drop out. You began to hurt yourself just to acquire the drug. Your tolerance climbed and finally there was no way to satiate your cravings but to resort to heroin.

 

Now you’re seeing your body and your mind deteriorate. Your friend just overdosed, and, even though you’re a social person, you’ve withdrawn from your family, you’ve stopped calling your friends back. You’re scared and lonely. You’re maybe even questioning whether life is even worth it. It is. You’re not alone. This is a common tale. One pill can build a foundation for a devastating habit, but all it takes is one moment of honesty and courage to turn away. It will take a daily choice to continue the journey, but every step toward sobriety gets easier as you move forward.

You’re scared, but you can make it. And we want to help. Drug addiction, particularly heroin and Oxycodone addiction is very scary and dangerous. But there is hope through our heroin drug treatment in Broward County. Don’t try to detox on your own. Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can make you very sick. When you go through withdrawal from oxycodone you need to have medical professionals to monitor your health and make sure you’re needs are met and that your vital signs are stable. We want to help you, and guide you to hope in recovery. Call us now at (866) 319-6126

A Closer Look at the Symptoms of Cocaine Use

When you use cocaine it takes a toll on your mental wellbeing and your physical wellbeing. Here’s a closer look at the symptoms of persistent cocaine use.

 

How People Use Cocaine

Cocaine is most commonly inhaled. Have you ever wondered why people snort the white powdery substance up into their noses? Your nasal passages offer a higher bioavailability to the drug. That means that it allows the substance a higher rate of absorption and also that the effects of the drug will happen more rapidly than if, say, the drug was taken orally. Snorting cocaine can lead to damage of the nasal lining.

Another way Cocaine is administered is via injection. This can cause serious physical problems. Injecting cocaine can cause collapsed veins. Your blood vessels also could become blocked by additives and impurities in the cocaine.

Some people smoke crack cocaine. This can cause severe damage to the lungs. You will notice breathing difficulties. You may develop a chronic, long term cough. Eventually your smoking of the drug may lead to chest pain and ultimately lasting harm to the lung tissue.

 

Adverse Impact on Your Health

With repeated use of Cocaine your immune system may suffer. The abuse to your nasal passages, the abuse to your veins. Dehydration and the tendency of addicts to ignore their physical wellbeing may lead to a severely over taxed immune system. Because of this your risk of infection increases substantially, and if you’re shooting the drug, you are more likely to contract Hepatitis, Tetanus or even HIV.

Cocaine can take a considerable toll on your heart and circulatory system, especially if it is your habit to shoot up with the substance. Your heart, arteries, and veins can suffer leading to heart arrhythmia or even cardiac arrest.

 

Reduced Brain Function

More than any other part of your body, Cocaine can wreak havoc on your nuro functions. Cocaine use can cause impaired memory functions. It can slow down your ability to retain information, ignite your anxiety and paranoia. Sometimes cocaine even makes people more violent and increases the likelihood that someone will develop an eating disorder. In extreme cases it can cause seizures and stroke.

 

If you or anyone you know are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and are seeking out a Broward County drug rehab or a Detox in Broward County, give us a call at  (866) 319-6126. We would love to tell you about our residential detox and South Florida rehab centers. No one can recover on their own. We are here to help you find your footing on your road to sober living.