Cocaine is more dangerous than many people realize. The white powder or rock drug causes quick, euphoric effects through a series of brain and body reactions. Whether snorted, injected, smoked, or taken orally, cocaine overdose is a looming possibility every time you use the drug.
Cocaine Overdose Symptoms
When abusing cocaine, your body experiences many changes and sensations from the drug’s effects. Using too much cocaine causes overdose from overstimulation of the body and brain. During this overstimulation, all of cocaine’s typical effects extend to deadly levels.
Symptoms of an overdose include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Elevated heart rate
- High blood pressure
- High body temperature
- Sweating, nausea and stroke
- Confusion, psychosis, and tremors
- Severe anxiety and agitation
A cocaine overdose is highly unpredictable. There are many factors contributing to overdose, such as the drug’s purity, how you use it, your health, and other factors.
Factors Contributing to Cocaine Overdose
Cocaine overdose is non-discriminating. Taking too much cocaine leads to deadly consequences. Of course, the primary risk factor for overdose is using the drug at all. The only sure way to prevent your own overdose is to stop using it.
A second major risk factor for overdose is using cocaine with alcohol or other drugs. For instance, alcohol is a depressant. Using cocaine with any depressant or sedative makes its effects seem weaker. As a result, you use too much cocaine and your body can’t handle the amount.
Using cocaine with another stimulant is equally risky. As an example, some people use cocaine with Ritalin or Adderall. This compounds the stimulant effects, leading to lethal consequences.
You may have heard the term “speedball.” This is a combination of cocaine and heroin, two drugs with opposing effects. Together, these drugs minimize your feelings while also increasing the likelihood of overdose.
Finally, tolerance to cocaine is your enemy. Building up tolerance means your brain becomes accustomed to the drug and you need more to feel its high. This leads you to unknowingly increase your dose, increasing your risk for an overdose at the same time.
Preventing Cocaine Overdose
Continuing to use cocaine increases your tolerance, leads to binge use, and enhances your potential for overdose. Getting help for your cocaine addiction removes all of the risks of an overdose while leading you back to the path for a better life.
When you gain drug and alcohol addiction treatment, you learn your thought patterns and behaviors that trigger you to abuse substances. You also learn relapse prevention techniques to keep you strong in healthy recovery.
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- Fitness therapy in a 1,500 square-foot gym
- Sauna, swimming pool, and hot tub
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If you or someone you love abuses cocaine and needs help overcoming addiction, Serenity Lodge provides the therapies and treatments needed to experience cocaine recovery. Call Serenity Lodge now at 866-379-4365 to start the path toward sobriety.