If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that strange times abound.
From the onset of a pandemic to social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders, the ways in which life has changed and continues to evolve has been seemingly endless. For most, these changes have been difficult at times to process – and that’s okay.
As a society, we are all in this together, and it is important to remember that even through the toughest times, you are never alone. This means you should seek advice if you encounter information that seems false or strange – such as the idea that cocaine can cure or treatment COVID-19. This specific myth is not only false, it is also dangerous to your health and can leave you more vulnerable to the virus.
Does Cocaine Cure COVID-19?
Since the early days of the pandemic, stories have circulated that cocaine has the ability to both neutralize COVID-19 and even kill the virus. Multiple outlets and scientific journals took in-depth looks into these claims and found that they are definitively false.
As the coronavirus continued to spread around the world, multiple governmental agencies and countries spoke up and clarified that cocaine does not protect against COVID-19. They reinforced their statements by emphasizing that cocaine is an addictive drug that causes serious side effects and is harmful to people’s health.
Some of these side effects include:
- Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease
- Severe paranoia
- Auditory hallucinations
- Irregular heartbeat
- Death by overdose
While this is not an exhaustive list by any means, it does provide a bit of insight into the fact that cocaine does not help the body increase an immune response or repair itself at all. On the contrary, it actively destroys a person’s physical health and leaves them susceptible with a severely compromised immune system.
The Dangerous Side Effects of Cocaine Use
While there is absolutely no proof at all that cocaine helps with COVID-19, there is a mountain of evidence that it negatively impacts the body and brain in a wide variety of ways.
Using cocaine can have both short-term and long-term effects on your entire being, leaving you with an array of physical ailments and neurological complications.
Some of the identified short-term issues can include:
- Unpredictable violent and aggressive behaviors
While these seem concerning, they pale in comparison to the dangerous side effects associated with long-term cocaine use, which include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain and nausea
- Insomnia and exhaustion
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cerebral atrophy and impaired thinking
- Heart attack
At the end of the day, it has been definitively proven that regular and sustained use of cocaine can cause a person to build up a tolerance to the drug, where more of it is needed to actually achieve the same high.
The dangers are increased because, when the dose is upped significantly, the hazardous effects that cocaine has on a person’s mental and physical health is increased, as well. This type of chronic cocaine use can increase the risk of blood clots, which, in turn, can lead to heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, strokes and deep vein thrombosis.
It can also cause inflammation and death of the heart muscle, deterioration of the heart’s ability to contract, as well as aortic ruptures, angina and permanently increased blood pressure.
Whichever way you slice it, using and abusing cocaine does not protect you from COVID-19. Instead, it destroys your body, compromises your immune system and deteriorates your brain in a strikingly short amount of time.
Why You Should Go to Treatment Now, Despite COVID-19
There is no time like the present to face your addiction and begin your recovery journey. Although times may seem a bit unusual and uncertain, making the decision to contact a trusted and clinically competent treatment facility to begin your rehab is the best resolution you will ever make.
Finding a reliable treatment center ensures you’ll not only receive clinically proven treatment, but will also be in a safe environment that is cleaned and sterilized on a regular basis to avoid the spread of the virus.
It is important to remember that, as with all things, COVID-19 will pass and life will return to normal. Wouldn’t it be an amazing accomplishment to be functioning in a happy and sober manner when the time finally arrives? Don’t hesitate; make the call today and take back your life.
Individualized, Holistic Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery
At our non-12 step rehab and holistic recovery center, we help people struggling with addiction overcome all forms of cocaine use. Our cocaine abuse treatment program delivers all-encompassing methodologies of medical and physical treatment, holistic and experiential therapies, and preparation to forge the drug free future you desire.
At Ranch Creek Recovery, we remain steadfast in ensuring our facility delivers health and safety for all our clients and staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, taking precautions, and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Learn about our cocaine addiction treatment program and contact us today. We’re here to help in any way we can.