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Meth and cocaine are both powerful stimulants, but that’s where their similarities end.
For starters, meth is completely manmade. Meth is created through a variety of store-bought chemicals. Cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca bush plant.
Meth’s effects can last up to 24 hours, while cocaine is usually felt for less than an hour. Cocaine is also significantly more expensive than meth.
Demographic trends show that cocaine is more often used by white men with a college education and full-time jobs, whereas meth is more often used by white men with only some college experience and no full-time job.
Health Issues for Meth and Coke Users
Cocaine and meth produce many of the same short-term negative consequences such as anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia. The long-term effects are different although very serious for both drugs.
Long-term cocaine use is associated with heart attack, stroke, lung damage and infertility. Long-term meth use is associated with damage to the teeth, gums, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Meth uses can also experience hallucinations and have skin infections. It’s also associated with a kind of brain damage that’s similar to that caused by Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
Think of it like this: Cocaine is more toxic to the heart and meth is more toxic to the brain.
In other words, neither drug can be safely used.
Hope and Healing at The Raleigh House
At The Raleigh House, our first goal is to make you feel safe and comfortable. You are assigned your own master’s level therapist who will work with you to come up with a plan for rehab as well as your long-term life goals.
One-on-one and group therapy sessions will help you heal emotionally. Chef-prepared meals and activities like yoga and boxing help heal your body. Meanwhile, you’ll be staying in a clean, cozy setting that feels like home. Our staff works to treat you like family.