I am 36 years old divorced single parent with a history of cocaine abuse. This is my story of how I struggled with cocaine abuse symptoms.
It has been four years since my divorce, but my wounds were still raw from the pain.
It all started with Painful Purplish Feet.
Adding to my misery, I noticed that my feet had become very swollen, red and painful for the last three days. They were also turning numb and cold. The colour was changing to a pinkish purple hue.
Upon ‘googling,’ the condition that matched my symptoms was gangrene. I was hysterical and needed to talk to a doctor. Unwilling to leave my house due to the pandemic, I decided to talk to an online doctor, and I was fortunate to find the Your Doctors Online website.
Within minutes the application connected me to a doctor who said, ‘How May I Help You?’ These were the kindest words anyone had said to me in months.
I started opening up to her about my Cocaine Abuse.
The online doctor was courteous and eager to help me, so I was honest with her. When she started taking my drug history, I told her about my cocaine abuse.
I used to do weed and occasionally snort cocaine, but I had started injected cocaine into the veins of my feet every day for the past ten days. She listened to me with patience. I was scared, but she reassured me, calmed me down and was extremely kind. All this gave me the courage to tell her about all my symptoms and fears.
I spoke to her about my divorce, my family life, even my son and mother. Our conversation lasted more than an hour, and she was patient with me throughout.
I wasn’t able to calm down without having drugs in my system. I depended on them, and cocaine was the only way to fight my depression.
During this time, I had profuse vomiting, headaches, agitation, abdominal pain and palpitations. And then my swollen, painful feet made my life miserable.
She motivated me to visit a rehabilitation center.
The doctor advised me of the initial treatment and instructed me to observe abstinence from injecting drugs in the veins. She advised me to keep my feet elevated, apply warm compresses on the feet, and take pain relief medication.
As for my cocaine addiction, we spoke at length. The doctor motivated me to visit my local rehabilitation service and begin my treatment journey to get my life back. She informed me that more than 190 million people are drug users worldwide, increasing at an alarming rate, especially in adults under 30.
Plus, other complications like using the needles could lead to HIV, Hepatitis B and C infections.
I received the much-needed therapy through Your Doctors Online.
I was like an open book in front of her, and after listening to my story, she said, ‘Pain is a Universal Constant Of Life ‘and inflicting myself with more pain will not take away the first pain. The vicious cycle will continue to go on. So break the cycle.
I have permanently engraved these words in my heart. From then onwards, I decided I would break the cycle. I went to Rehab, did detoxification therapy and came home clean to my family two months later.
I owe my sanity to Your Doctors Online.
Honestly, I owe a lot to Your Doctors Online. Talking to an online doctor helped me get back to my life, my family. I wholeheartedly recommend this website to all the people out there. They provide medical, psychological and emotional support to their patients. I have no words to express my gratitude. Thank you!
Information on Cocaine Abuse Symptoms added by Your Doctors Online Team.
Cocaine is one of the most popular drugs throughout the world. It causes a state of alertness when injected, snorted, or swallowed. It comes in powder form as well as in solid form. The main ingredient of cocaine is coca that causes a stimulatory effect on the CNS. Cocaine causes the release of dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of pleasure and delight.
Cocaine causes higher energy levels, restlessness, and sensitivity to touch or light, etc. As per the research conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine causes one of the following signs and symptoms in the drug user:
- Dilation of pupil
- Loss of appetite
- Erratic behaviour
Cocaine addiction leads to severe consequences causing complete dependence on the drug and intense craving for it. The drug addict cannot survive long without consuming the drug. If the drug supply is somehow cut off, the drug abuser may get suicidal thoughts and depression. Cocaine addiction leads to increased chances of death and internal damage.
Cocaine addiction leads to the following psychological and behavioural changes:
- A disturbed pattern of sleep
- Behavioural changes
- Lack of interest
- Violent behaviour
Symptoms of cocaine abuse
Prolong use of cocaine leads to the following physiological effects:
- Loss of smell
- Infections like HIV, hepatitis C, etc.
- Trouble swallowing
- Heart problems
- Liver and kidney damage
Cocaine overuse may cause detrimental effects on the brain. As cocaine is used initially to speed up the brain’s cognitive function, its overuse leads to depression. It can also cause dementia when used for long.
It is a series of events that take place when a cocaine abuser stops cocaine usage suddenly. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that keeps the nervous system extremely active. So when a person consumes a lot of cocaine and quits it suddenly, he feels a strong desire to inhale or inject it.
Cocaine withdrawal presents with different signs and symptoms which must be dealt with in time. Some of the symptoms are as follows:
- Lethargic behaviour
These symptoms may last for weeks or months. Withdrawal symptoms may lead to suicidal thoughts as well.
How long does cocaine stay in your system?
Cocaine lasts for 1 to 4 days in your system. A drug test can detect it. The duration up to which the effects of cocaine persist depends upon the method of use. If you have snorted cocaine, its effect lasts for almost half an hour. But if you have smoked or injected it directly, its effect lasts for a maximum of 15 minutes. However, certain factors affect the duration of cocaine’s stay in the system:
1 Regularity of cocaine abuse
The more cocaine you consume, the longer will be its duration period in your system. If you are a cocaine addict, it may last in your system for about a month.
2 Method of consumption
Cocaine that is snorted will stay in your bloodstream longer than the one injected or smoked.
3 Body fat
Research proves that higher body fat provides a storehouse for cocaine’s stay in your system.
4 Alcohol consumption
Alcohol paired up with cocaine abuse can stay in your body for a longer period causing intoxication.
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FAQs About Cocaine Abuse Answered by Your Doctors Online Team
Cocaine is a brain-stimulating drug that causes an increase in dopamine levels in the brain hence leading to euphoric effects.
Psychological Effects are: hallucinations, panic, agitation, impaired judgement, repetitive behaviour, isolation and anger
Physical Effects are: nausea / vomiting, increased heart rate, chest pain, abdominal pain, heart attacks and seizures