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Snorting Cocaine and NoseBleeds

Snorting Cocaine and Nosebleeds

Dangers of Snorting Cocaine 

The image of white lines arranged neatly alongside a tightly rolled hundred-dollar bill is often used in popular culture to symbolize excess and as a cautionary tale of unchecked ambition. But the real-life dangers of drug abuse don’t stop there. Any number of things can go wrong when you snort cocaine and other commonly abused drugs up your nose. 

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With zero regulation, unscrupulous dealers use anything from talcum powder to fentanyl to antiparasitics in order to raise their profit margin. Casual cocaine users think they’re safe but the truth is, they’re clueless as to what, or how much of it, is going into their bodies. Depending on what gets used, additives can damage the lungs and the nose, leading to severe and possibly life-threatening breathing issues like asthma, COPD, and pneumonia. 

Uncertainty in the contents and quality of the drug supply impacts everyone using it. Casual cocaine users take just as many risks as a hardened drug addict.

Why Does Cocaine Cause Nosebleeds? 

The bottom line is, that your nasal passage wasn’t designed to ingest foreign substances. The delicate membrane lining your nasal cavity makes for a quick and potent delivery system straight into the bloodstream. Cocaine addicts, and other substance abusers, overwhelmingly prefer snorting over any other method for the immediate effect it produces. 

Cocaine causes nosebleeds when the crystals and cutting agents irritate tissues in the nose. Next, the blood vessels constrict, reducing blood flow to these delicate membranes, and the entire area dries out. Once the effects of cocaine wear off, the returning blood bursts the damaged vessels and you get a nosebleed.

Nasal Damage from Cocaine Abuse 

Chronic snorting of cocaine, or other commonly abused drugs, increases the risk of severe nasal harm, and may even leave your nose permanently damaged. The effects on cocaine abusers are costly, financially and personally, unpleasant, and potentially life-threatening.

You could hope for one of the milder symptoms that prolonged use of cocaine causes, like regular sinus infections, runny nose, loss of smell, and nose bleeds. But if your drug addiction is already far advanced, it’s likely that the effects are as well.

Cells in your nasal cavity die from the prolonged inflammation and insufficient blood supply that snorting cocaine can cause. Unable to heal, these dead cells rot, creating holes in the tissue that eventually lead to a deviated or perforated septum, damage to the hard palate (holes in the roof of your mouth), or saddle nose (complete erosion of the septum that causes the nose to collapse and appear flat).

Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Resurgence Behavioral Health 

No two people experience addiction the same way. At Resurgence, we tailor our treatment programs to the individual, knowing that your journey towards recovery is deeply personal. From day one, the team of medical professionals, certified addiction counselors, licensed therapists, and trained addiction specialists help you cultivate new and lasting habits for long-term recovery. Our holistic approach offers numerous treatment resources, including Individual therapy, teen addiction, and cognitive behavioral therapy, to name just a few. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, the dedicated staff at Resurgence is here to help. Call today and speak with one of our trained specialists. Let our personal experiences with drug abuse help guide you towards living your best life, free from addiction.

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