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The worrying trends of: Drugs - Their Abuse - Addictions of all kinds - Substance Abuse
Lindsay Heron Hypnotherapist
The worrying trends of: Drugs - Their Abuse - Addictions of all kinds - Substance Abuse

In Central Scotland Perth & Kinross, Angus, Fife, Dundee City regions there is growing concern, that's evidence based, about the effects drugs, addictions generally, are having and their impact on an individuals general Health & Wellbeing.

These are worrying trends that need to be addressed, in order to save lives and allow those affected to re-connect with society, recuperate and recover from their Body/Mind overwhelment, before it's too late!

Perhaps you, a friend or family member have been affected by addictive drugs such as Cocaine, which has become so worryingly prevalent in The Region. Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross Alcohol and Drug Partnerships have produced a report on the findings of the Tayside Drug Death Review and Working Groups published August 2016

Blatant Drug Abuse and Addictions of all kinds generally, have become an all consuming society problem, most invasively damaging Bodies & Minds, whilst adversely affecting and impacting on close family, partners, children, friends and loved ones generally, breaking well intended relationship based foundations. Here are some facts that demonstrate worrying trends and since 2015/16

Table 2: Tayside DD victims by category of death 2015

Main cause of death (as recorded on the death certificate)
Number of cases
Total number of deaths
Drugs 33
Drugs & Alcohol  10

Drugs (with physical issues as a contributory factor) > 5

Addictions mostly negate proper functioning of our Bodies & Minds, affecting our general health and wellbeing, destroy cellular structure, affect ability for brain to function properly, put strain upon our arteries, our heart generally having a degenerative affect upon our metabolism and immune systems.

Many of us are destroying our bodies with substances of one sort or another and seem to have no regard for day to day, month to month longer term Health outcomes and life expectation. We are self-abusing at increasingly alarming rates.

The Causes and Effects are numerous and manifest themselves in so many different ways. Addictions / Drug - Substance abuse etc. treatments are available of course and offer help and outcomes that not only address substance abuse and alcohol dependency or social smoking, but also the psychological issues such as anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and eating disorders amongst others.


Take just one drug from a very long list of substances, including what social smoking and drinking can do and significantly impact upon lives when used with the Abuse of Cocaine  

The worst scenario is:

Death: Caused through stress on the heart / sudden 'Heart Arrest'!

Cocaine using

Sudden cardiovascular death is a term sometimes used to describe fatal cases of the abrupt heart stoppage associated with cardiac arrest. The stimulant drug Cocaine is known for its ability to significantly alter heart function in both experienced and inexperienced users.

cardiac-arrestSudden cardiac death is also known as sudden cardiovascular death. People affected by this condition develop fatal, unpredicted cases of cardiac arrest; cardiac arrest happens when the network of natural electrical impulses that powers your heartbeat loses its ability to keep your heart actively pumping blood to the rest of your body. Within minutes, a person in cardiac arrest will lose vital blood flow to the brain. Unless cardiac function is quickly restored through emergency medical treatment, the affected individual will die.

Addictive Effects

Awareness of the effectual outcomes of Addictive drug and/or substance Abuse whatever the drug, and that may be smoking or alcohol used as interconnected social lubricants to Cocaine that become trigger needy anticipated and expected as the combo social norm. Realisation of health outcomes short and longer term should be clearly understood for their often devastating health affect outcomes.

Cocaine (and Cardiac Health) is a powerful stimulant that substantially increases the baseline level of activity in your central nervous system. Since your central nervous system controls the basic function of your cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), cocaine consumption will invariably lead to significant changes in your cardiac health. Short-term changes associated with intake of the drug include increases in your heart rate, increases in your blood pressure during your heart’s active phase, increases in your blood pressure during your heart’s resting phase, increases in the amount of oxygen needed to keep your

Short term changes associated with the intake of the drug include increases in heart rate, increases in blood pressure during the hearts resting phase, increases in the amount of oxygen needed to keep the cardiovascular system running properly, decreases in the amount of oxygen supplied to your cardiovascular system, an irregular heartbeat, reduced contraction strength in your heart muscle and atherosclerosis. Longer-term use of cocaine brings additional cardiovascular alterations that can include an enlarged heart and slowed release of blood from the heart’s two pumping chambers.

In the study scheduled for publication in Addiction, researchers from three Spanish institutions used an examination of 437 Spanish residents between the ages of 15 and 49 to explore the connection between cocaine use and sudden cardiac death. Of these individuals, 311 died from sudden cardiac arrest at some point between the beginning of 2003 and the end of 2009; 126 died from causes unrelated to the status of their cardiovascular health.

The researchers found that roughly 9 percent of those individuals who died as a result of sudden cardiac death had recently consumed cocaine before going into cardiac arrest.

When the researchers assessed the relative importance of all of the known heart-related risks factors for the people affected by sudden cardiac death, they concluded that recent cocaine consumption was the single most important variable. Intake of the drug increased the odds of dying suddenly from cardiac arrest by more than 300 % percent.

The researchers also compared the frequency of cocaine use in the 15- to 49-year-olds affected by sudden cardiac death to the frequency of cocaine use in the same-age general population of the region of Spain under consideration. They concluded that the people who died from cardiac arrest were at least 13 times more likely to use cocaine than their age contemporaries in the general population, and possibly as high as 58 times more likely to use the drug.

There is still hope! Especially if you decide your party to these 'out of conscious control' abuses, and need some Body / Mind advice, most essentially being ready to be helped.

The following section is extracted from the website.

Cocaine is most commonly abused by snorting, smoking or injecting the drug. It can also be rubbed onto mucous membranes.

Cocaine’s effect occurs in the midbrain region with some users of cocaine reporting feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety. A tolerance to the high may develop - many addicts report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure. Some users will increase their doses to intensify and prolong the euphoric effects. While tolerance to the high can occur, users can also become more sensitive to cocaine's anaesthetic and convulsant effects without increasing the dose taken. This increased sensitivity may explain some deaths occurring after apparently low doses of cocaine.

Metabolism of Cocaine is metabolized primarily in the liver, with less than one percent of the parent drug being excreted in the urine. The primary metabolite is benzoylecgonine and is detectable in the urine for up to eight days after cocaine consumption.

Health Hazards Due to Cocaine Use that users may equate with, the immediate physical effects of cocaine use include constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Health complications associated with cocaine use include disturbances in heart rhythm and heart attacks, chest pain and respiratory failure, strokes, seizures and headaches, and gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain and nausea.

The various means of using cocaine can produce different adverse reactions. Snorting cocaine can lead to loss of the sense of smell, nosebleeds, problems with swallowing, hoarseness, and a chronically runny nose. Ingesting cocaine can cause severe bowel gangrene due to reduced blood flow. People who inject cocaine can experience severe allergic reactions and, as with all injecting drug users, are at increased risk for contracting HIV, viral hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.

Cocaine abuse can lead to acute cardiovascular or cerebrovascular emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke, which may result in sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizure followed by respiratory arrest.

A particularly concerning, yet often unknown interaction between alcohol and cocaine has been reported.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that the human liver combines cocaine and alcohol and manufactures a third substance, cocaethylene, that intensifies cocaine's euphoric effects but may increase the risk of sudden death. According to the NIDA, this drug-drug interaction, between cocaine and alcohol, is the most common two-drug combination that results in drug-related deaths.

Cocaine is a strongly addictive drug. Long-term effects of cocaine use can lead to tolerance, meaning high doses and/or more frequent use is needed to attain the same level of pleasure during the initial period of use. Because cocaine has a tendency to decrease appetite, many chronic users can become malnourished. If cocaine is used in a binge fashion, with frequent, repeated use over a short period of time, panic and paranoia may set in, with psychosis and auditory hallucinations being possible.

cocaine-addictionIt is unfortunate to say the least, that ALL Addictions / General drug abuses cannot be helpfully addressed, changed effectively with will power alone. CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy NHS Approved, can help, though the process of Detox Therapy will never have a satisfactory outcome without professional Therapy for Body & Mind long-term.

It requires a change to the programme one has running in ones head. Mental brain change and subsequently being able to embrace that change in more helpful positively helpful ways, that are complimentary to guaranteed full recovery. There is no easy solution to a satisfactory outcome other than addressing and challenging ones Subconscious.

There are realistic options by addressing our Subconscious Resources and those Unconscious Potentials.

If you are struggling to come terms with the often devastating affects of addictions and /or drugs then you could call Lindsay Heron for a chat or if you just want to know more. 01738-710758 or IPhone 07702-383726.

Hypnotherapy & NLP really can and will help Free you from Addictive Habits and deal with the many Health Concerns, even without the necessity for Medical Intervention.

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