Cocaine is considered a central nervous system stimulant and with frequent use can cause serious health problems including impotence and infertility. The withdrawal symptoms can be very severe and include: irritability, anxiety, confusion, depression, insomnia, fatigue, panic attacks, bizarre behavior, and aggressiveness. Cocaine can also cause extreme weight loss because of the user’s inability to eat or sleep healthily. Central nervous system stimulants such as cocaine can also be found in the urine for 1 to 12 days.
Jose should first realize that his addiction can and will destroy his life. By admitting that he has a problem and that his life is manageable, he will be taking the first step toward a positive recovery. Recovery is very possible as long as he joins rehabs or Narcotics Anonymous meetings on a regular basis. He also has to change the people that he hangs out with and his normal hang-outs. Addiction is a disease with no known cure, but it is very treatable and manageable with the proper help and support. It would probably benefit Jose’s wife to attend the Narcotics Anonymous meetings with him, since the meetings are designed to help the families of the addict understand the addiction and show them how to offer support to their loved ones during their difficult recovery.