A bump of cocaine can temporarily boost your mood but even occasional, casual use – can have a gripping effect on your body.

Chasing that next high with cocaine, and succumbing to a cocaine addition, can be downright dangerous – affecting everything from your family, relationships, social interactions to your one and only liver.

Does Cocaine Cause Liver Damage?

If you’re someone who’s wondering “does cocaine affect your liver?”, the short answer is absolutely yes. Many people who use cocaine are well aware of the effects the drug can have on their heart and other parts of the body, but don’t always consider the damage they’re doing to their liver as well.

Long-term cocaine abuse has been shown to have a number of concerning effects on the overall functionality of your body. Specifically, excessive cocaine use has been connected to instances of liver damage due to the manner in which your body is flooded with toxins when you ingest high amounts of this substance.

When you introduce an abundance of harmful foreign chemicals into your system, you make it extremely difficult for your liver to filter them out. The result is that your liver is forced to work overtime and experience unnecessary fatigue and potential organ failure. (1)

Other Illegal Drugs that Cause Liver Damage

While cocaine has been shown to impact your liver negatively, many other substances can have just as bad of an effect. Since your liver functions as a filter within your body to remove pollutants and dangerous chemicals, heroin, alcohol, PCP and ketamine can all do serious harm to your liver with long-term use.

Cocaine and Liver Damage: Here’s How Cocaine Damages the Liver

While the damage that cocaine can cause to both your heart and lungs is well documented, the devastating effects the substance can have on your liver is less known, but just as concerning. Recent studies indicated that people who used cocaine occasionally to frequently displayed dangerous liver enzyme elevations. This can have a toxic effect on your liver and even result in serious medical complications.

Serious cocaine effects on liver include:

  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Arterial hypotension
  • Renal failure
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Sever liver injury

These serious medical conditions have been connected to cocaine use due to the damaging effects that cocaine has on the body and the manner in which it overwhelms your system with toxic substances.

This flood of deadly chemicals forces your liver to work substantially harder to try and remove the dangerous elements within your body, creating a scenario where your liver malfunctions and possibly shuts down entirely.

This acute liver failure can be addressed with the appropriate medical interventions, but can result in a life-threatening situation if left untreated. (2)

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Cocaine and Liver Disease: Facts and Statistics

Cocaine use by itself has been shown to negatively impact your liver, among many other organs, but the comorbidity of cocaine addiction and alcohol addiction is significant and dramatically increases your likelihood of developing a serious liver disease.

The following facts focus on the coexisting aspect of cocaine use and alcohol use, highlighting the dangers of addiction and the prevalence of liver disease associated with this combination of substance addiction:

  • Among all cirrhosis deaths in 2015, 49.5 percent were alcohol related.
  • The proportion of alcohol-related cirrhosis was highest (76.8 percent) among decedents ages 25 to 34.
  • The number of liver deaths attributed to alcoholism and drug use in 2017 was 22,246.
  • Cirrhosis deaths have increased by 65 percent, and alcohol use is a prominent cause of late-stage liver disease.
  • Between 1999 to 2016, the number of deaths caused by cirrhosis has been on the rise in 49 out of 50 states.3

While some of these stats may seem daunting, the fact remains that addiction is a disease and can be treated with time and effort.

Admitting that a problem actually exists is the first step required to begin your journey toward recovery.

After that, finding a competent and qualified treatment facility to receive the proper care and treatment is essential. Above all, you must remember that there is help and there is hope for everyone who wants to overcome their addiction and achieve a happier, healthier state of being.

Finding the right people and treatment program to help you begin your new life is closer than you think. It simply requires you to reach out and ask for help.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

Understanding the symptomatology connected to habitual cocaine use, and the negative manner in which cocaine impacts your body, is essential to breaking the cycle of addiction plaguing your life.

At Ranch Creek Recovery, you can overcome your addiction and regain a healthy life without cocaine use. Learn about our cocaine addiction treatment program or contact us today to get started.

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M HonM Hon
00:26 19 Jan 24
Staff: 4.5/5Owner, Director, therapists, nurses, counselors, and support staff are all really great. I had no issues with anyone in particular. They are all there to help you however they can. I found that everyone advocated for my well being, were available when I needed them, and did their best to support me, check in on me, and make sure I was happy and comfortable.(why not 5/5? They have had a bunch of turnover and need to update their website with their newer staff members and qualifications. Additionally the Doctors they partner with were not as thorough as I would have wanted, and were kind of pushy with medications)Program: 4/5Small groups for the win! You get a lot of attention if you need it. This is a Holistic approach rehab. They do not focus on any 12 step programs. You have daily classes with different counselors, focusing on the science behind addiction, anger management, talk therapy, art therapy, equine therapy, nutrition, and much more. You have one-on-one sessions twice a week with a Licensed Therapist, and you have access to a gym daily, with a yoga instructor and trainer coming a few times a week. You also have a docent that comes once a week to do sound therapy, and you can learn techniques such as tapping. They have 2 doctors on staff you will have Zoom appointments with, and someone is always present to distribute morning, afternoon, and bedtime medication. You can also always grab whomever is on-call to talk through any issues or questions you have.(why not 5/5? Overall I found that there was too much down-time. I got bored and restless with that much free time and I craved more structure. Additionally I thought that the family Zoom sessions could have served as a stronger resource for loved ones)Location: 4/5Murrieta is a quiet, tranquil area, with mountain views, a lot of farmland, and very little public noise to distract you. When you do leave the house, you get to visit a small farm that is very close by to interact with horses and goats, etc. You also have an outing on Saturdays for a few hours that allows you as a group to get out of the house. The immediate area has all the basic stores and activities you would want, like target/walmart/grocery/7-11/etc as well as mini golf, bowling... You do need to decide as a group where you want to go because you have 1 chaperone and need to stay together at all times.(why not 5/5? There are 2 different houses located about 10 minutes away from each other. The Bass house advertised on the website is much nicer and larger than the Doreen house. During my time the clients staying at the Doreen house were shuttled over to the Bass house for our daily classes and sessions, not being able to utilize their own kitchen, rooms, and bathrooms during the day. I was also told by clients that the Doreen house was not as nice as the Bass House)Amenities: 4/5Pool - (I was there in the winter, so it was not heated and basically unusable, however, I did do some cold plunges just for the shock)Hot tub - available once a week on Friday eveningsYard - Large Grass Backyard and cement patio with tables and chairsGym - Available daily. TV for movies or music. Free weights, yoga mats, and a few outdated cardio machines that mostly worked.Kitchen - Large kitchen, multiple Fridges/Freezers, Huge pantry for preparing anything you want, ovens, microwave, toasters, dishwasher, outdoor gas grill, etc...Pool table, ping pong table, arts and crafts table, outdoor TV, Indoor TV, Computer, land-line house phone.Comfortable rooms and bathrooms with laundry access, and provided bedding and towels.(why not 5/5? I was disappointed that it wasn't clear that the pool and hot tub didn't have daily access as advertised, and that the gym was more outdated than described/pictured. They also could make some very inexpensive recreation investments like a basketball for their outdoor hoop, soccer ball, frisbees, croquet set, bocce, etc for their giant lawn to be used during the extensive downtime)
Dorothy SmithDorothy Smith
00:29 12 Aug 22
Ranch Creek Recovery is the best way to start your new healthy way of life. This program actually saved my life and my sanity. Their Holistic approach was amazing and I learned so much from my counselors and Dr. Dena. With only a limited number of participants in the house at one time, you are guaranteed the one on one time, as well as the group counseling they offer in a safe and comfortable setting. They make you aware that they truly care and are there to support you , listen to you, and most important to teach you. Teach you information about triggers, cognitive behavior and how to stay sober. They include therapy through others means such as Yoga, Meditation, working with Horses and even Physical Training. Ranch Creek makes sure when you leave you are good, Mind, Body and Soul. They have an excellent Intensive Outpatient Program (10) weeks that helps navigate your way back into life. A year ago (received my one year chip June 8, 2022) I was lost and a raging out of control alcoholic. I can proudly say today that I am not. I will always be an alcoholic with an addictive personality. But now I have tools, personal contacts and the faith in myself that I have never had before in my 9 years searching for sobriety. I often reflect back on my time at the Bass house. I am probably one of the few that actually stayed 60 days because I had so much to learn. My insurance did not cover all of the last days, but it was worth it to me, so I stayed. I am so grateful to so many of the staff, Jimmie, Christine, Jonathon, Dr. Dena and countless extended staff to name a few, because there were more. I would not be here to tell you it works, because without the treatment and the help I received, I alive today to tell my journey. If you are ready to face the truth, please give them a call. I promise if you are committed, you will never be the same as when you walked in. Thank you Ranch Creek Recovery.
Martha BlackMartha Black
18:45 25 Jan 22
Also known as Angelica, I couldn’t recommend this place more . This treatment center really helped me get what I have always wished for , Peace with my past , healing , restoration . Ranch Creek Recovery’s program was such a tremendous blessing, life changing experience for me and my family. This week I celebrate 9years of living life in recovery, sobriety. Thank you RCR for saving my life .
00:59 03 Nov 21
I had long term sobriety and was under a lot of stress from my professional position. I began to use cannabis recreationally and soon became dependent. I sought recovery, because I could not stop using cannabis on my own. It was causing issues with my family and in my professional life. I signed up with Rancho Creek Recovery, through my insurance. I attended the pm IOP zoom sessions with Lorri. Her group sessions and the materials she provided, helped me to get off of cannabis. Lorri was a big help in giving me strategies to stay sober and to manage the cravings and ways to deal with my work stress. I would strongly recommend Rancho Creek Recovery's outpatient program and the pm IOP zoom sessions with Lorri. She was a great professional to work with.
Courtney FergusonCourtney Ferguson
19:04 01 Aug 21
I've had a few stints with rehab and none even skinned the surface of what I learned here. Located on a beautiful property in the foothills of Murrieta, with in house groups led by instructors that break it down so in depth. My perspective had a total shift and I can honestly say I owe my life and the promise of a new future to this facility and it's faculty. If you're willing to do the work this is the place to get into your core issues and help you recover from the lifestyle and vices that one is addicted to. I recommend this place to anyone who wants something different from life. DBT, CBT, recovery education, family therapy are just a few of the groups and The program director and Clinical director hand picked a team that is progressive, informed, patient, caring and passionate about what they do. I encourage anyone who's seeking treatment to look into this program I first hand watched others and had my life transformed.
David KlentDavid Klent
09:17 16 Jul 15
Coming to Ranch Creek Recovery, I had been through three different inpatient chemical treatment facilities in CA. I was feeling lost and somewhat hopeless. The serene setting gave me peace and I began healing. The counselors were very inspiring and helped me grow in ways I haven’t experienced in years. I began to see the bigger picture that a life in sobriety can give you. Although I am somewhat scared to leave the comfort and security that Ranch Creek Recovery and staff has brought me, I am also excited to share my growth with my family and to start my new life. Thank you RCR!


1) National Center for Biotechnology Information. LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury. Accessed January 7, 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK548454/.

2) Science Direct. Cocaine Abuse. Accessed January 7, 2020. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/cocaine-abuse.

3) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Liver Cirrhosis Mortality in the United States. Accessed January 7, 2020. https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/surveillance111/Cirr15.htm.