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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use?

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Drug use has lasting effects on a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. Cocaine is highly addictive and directly affects the central nervous system. A person may develop a tolerance after prolonged and increased use, making it even harder to stop using the drug. Taking a holistic approach to treatment can address the effects of cocaine use on the entire body. Having a personalized plan custom-designed for your needs is even more advantageous.

To learn more about cocaine abuse treatment and the long-term effects of cocaine use, contact Virtue Recovery Las Vegas today at 866.520.2861. You can also reach out to us via our online contact form.  

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Cocaine Use?

The long-term effects of cocaine use require professional medical help. There are many treatment options that you can receive as part of a drug rehab program at an accredited treatment facility. This can include both inpatient and outpatient treatment options. Depending on the severity of one’s addiction, around-the-clock care may be necessary, or a more flexible outpatient option may be a better fit.  

Cocaine use can damage the heart, respiratory functions, and even your nose, mouth, or skin. The long-term effects of cocaine abuse include the following: 

  • Inconsistent heartbeat 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Vascular issues 
  • Blood clots and constricted blood vessels 
  • Stroke 
  • Heart attack 
  • Damage to nostrils and mucous membranes 
  • Breathing and respiratory problems 
  • Damage to blood capillaries  
  • Asthma 
  • Chronic cough 
  • Pneumonia  
  • Tuberculosis

The long-term effects of cocaine abuse can be severe, dangerous, and even life-threatening. Seeking professional treatment is the wisest option for overcoming cocaine addiction. 

How to Find Cocaine Abuse Treatment

Depending on the severity of addiction, treatment can be approached differently. Medically supervised detox may be necessary for those with a severe addiction. An outpatient program may be the best path for those who need the flexibility to be at home or work while receiving treatment. 

To address the short and long-term effects of cocaine abuse, a professional drug treatment program can give you access to the therapies and tools you need to achieve a successful and lifelong recovery. To receive the most guidance in finding treatment for cocaine abuse, speak with a trusted medical professional or reach out to an accredited treatment facility in your area. Doing your research to understand the treatment options that work best for you will help pave the way to the most successful treatment and recovery experience possible.  

What to Expect in Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine addiction treatment can look different depending on the treatment facility and the severity of the addiction. All programs share the same goal of helping you recover from your addiction and avoid a relapse. In severe cases, medication may be necessary to assist people who are highly addicted.

Cocaine addiction treatment programs find great success in a holistic approach to treatment. Utilizing a combination of therapeutic modalities, each person can receive a customized treatment plan that works best for their unique needs. Traditional talk, evidence-based behavioral, and experiential therapies like yoga or music therapy are often available to promote recovery.

Get Help with Cocaine Addiction at Virtue Recovery Las Vegas

Do not put yourself or someone you care about at risk of the long-term effects of cocaine use. Getting help as soon as possible gives those addicted to cocaine the best chance at successful treatment and long-term recovery.

Addiction is a vicious cycle, but going through a treatment program at Virtue Recovery Las Vegas – Substance Use Disorder can lead you to a healthier way of life. Call our treatment team today at 866.520.2861 or connect online to learn more.

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Nicki Lugo, CPC, LAC, LCADC, CCTS Executive Director
Nicki Lugo is currently employed as Clinical Director at Virtue Recovery Center in Las Vegas. Nicki is a licensed clinical professional counselor (CPC) in the state of Nevada and a licensed associate counselor (LAC) in the state of Arizona. She is also a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) in Nevada. Additionally, Nicki has specialized training in treating trauma and is a certified clinical trauma specialist (CCTS). Nicki has earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Currently, Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Education and Supervision at Grand Canyon University. Nicki’s research interests include the use of Positive Psychology interventions with dual diagnosis clients. Nicki hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge in treating substance use disorders. Nicki’s long-term career goals include advancing in leadership roles within Virtue Recovery Center which is a quickly growing substance use disorder treatment facility. She hopes that one day her research and advocacy will help to save the lives of those who have been affected by substance use. She likes to say that advocacy is her passion and leadership is her superpower.

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