Cocaine has been the party drug of choice of the movers and shakers for a long time now. However, there is a dangerous trend across the world, of the concurrent use of alcohol and cocaine . As a consequence , the use abuse and addiction to both cocaine and alcohol simultaneously is on the rise.
Many con current users need alcohol in order to use cocaine . Alcohol is a downer. Snorting cocaine causes an instant high ; however the quantum of cocaine consumed can be more as the person is already intoxicated with alcohol. Most times in order to bring down the high of cocaine and to sleep and also to ease out the negative effects of a cocaine dip as the effect reduces , alcohol is again drunk. The quantum of alcohol required to be consumed in order to bring down the high is also quite a bit.
Thus, because alcohol and cocaine are so dissimilar this is extremely dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning that is fatal.
Signs and Symptoms of simultaneous use
There is an increase in violent behavior and rage outbursts.
Pupils are dilated
Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting
Palpitations of the heart
Increased risky , perverted and violent sexual behavior than if either of there drugs were used alone.
There is difficulty in perceiving and registering emotions of anger and sadness in others
Long Term effects of Simultaneous use
Nose bleed due to damage to nasal septum
Chronic runny nose
Problems in swallowing
Liver damage, cirrhosis
Gross mood swings
Processing of the combination of Alcohol and Cocaine
In the liver cocaine and alcohol are broken down. They form a toxic substance called cocaethylene which is more toxic than cocaine or alcohol. This can prove to be fatal and result in death.
There have been numerous incidents of death due to this .
More and more young people in their teens are taking to abusing alcohol in a big way and cocaine is not far away, too many young deaths are resultant .
Emotional swings, sudden crying spells, inability to process emotions, stomach cramps lack of appetite , tremors, insomnia, nightmares etc can happen in withdrawals. Specific care and medication are given during the detoxification phase .
Residential treatment of minimum 8-12 weeks is required in a non judgmental loving ambience wherein one to one care is given . Meditation is very psychotherapeutic in settling the swinging emotions and calming the person. One to one counseling, introspective writing, sharing all combined together help the person to heal and recover.
We at AH provide such an ambience.
Awareness of the solution needs to spread.