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Dangers of Injecting Cocaine

In today’s society that we live in, we want everything bigger, faster, and stronger. The majority of us have to have the most powerful and best of everything. We get the latest phone that has all the bells and whistles; we have to have the new one that comes out next year. We are never satisfied with what we have and we go to extremes with everything. Some of us go to extremes even the way we party and have fun.  The majority of the population believes we need to have drugs and alcohol to have fun and we even go to the extremes with that. We drink to the point of passing out and use illegal drugs while putting others and ourselves in dangerous situations.

What Happens When You Inject Cocaine?

Usually, when you think of cocaine you relate it to snorting or inhaling the drug through your nostrils but nearly all drugs can be injected by dissolving pills, powders, or salts into a liquid solution and using a hypodermic needle to get the liquid into a vein. This method is often preferred because injecting is the quickest and results in the most intense “high”. Other methods of administration generally provide a slower onset and a less Intense “rush”. Other methods also waste a good amount of the cocaine being used: when smoking or vaporization usually destroys some of the drugs; nasal inhalation wastes the percentage of the drug that passes down the throat to be absorbed more slowly later. Injecting cocaine is the most dangerous and deadly way to abuse cocaine because the risk of overdose is very real. When you inject cocaine, the majority of the risk is related to the needle. Cocaine is dangerous, and usually, there’s no way to know how strong they are or what else may be in them. It’s even unsafe to use them along with other substances like alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. When an addict has switched over to this form of administration of cocaine, it is usually a sign of a progression of addiction. Besides being addicted to the drug, having a higher chance of overdosing, other major health concerns follow the repeated injection of drugs.

Dangerous Side Effects From Injecting Cocaine

Addicts are usually not in their right mind and don’t think of infection or diseases when they are in the process of getting high, so sharing needles or using unsanitary tools are of very little concern. This leads to many infectious diseases and viruses such as Hepatitis B & C and HIV. Besides the viruses, other health issues can evolve with the repeated injection of cocaine. There is damage that can be done to internal organs of course but there are many different types of damage a user can do to their skin as well. This can be a result of injecting regularly, using potentially tainted needles, or injecting into fat or muscle by accident due to missing the vein, and injected right under the skin called “skin popping.” This can result in a painful lump that could potentially cut off blood flow to the area. Other skins problems that can arise are:

  • Heavy bruising
  • Abscesses
  • Severe bacterial skin infections like cellulitis
  • Fungal infections

Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

If you or a loved one are using cocaine intravenously and think there is no way out, let Evoke Wellness at Cohasset show you the way. Evoke Wellness at Cohasset provides men, women, and families with comprehensive, integrated care, geared towards setting a solid and lasting foundation for lifelong recovery from substance use disorders. This includes our solution-focused cocaine addiction treatment program that integrates various levels of psychotherapy. Our facilities are staffed by experienced and compassionate professionals, including licensed therapists and psychiatrists, addiction specialists, and highly qualified support staff. Our team members are extremely understanding and treat each client with an unmatched level of respect. Evoke Wellness at Cohasset is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, which shows our dedication to offering the highest quality of addiction care for each person that steps through our doors.