A Closer Look at the Symptoms of Cocaine Use

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

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.


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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.