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Recreational Drug Use

  • anonymous Asks ...

    How dangerous is for someone with high blood pressure to do cocaine recreationally, like once or twice a month. My husband is 46 and his blood pressure is bad enough now that he needs medication but he will still go out with his buddies every now and again and drink and do coke all night like he was still a 20 year old kid. I am telling him he’s going to have a heart attack but he says that a little every once in a while is not a big deal. Who is right?

  • Dr. Lani Chin Says ...
    Dr. Lani Chin

    Thank you for your question.  Your husband's drug use in addition to his high blood pressure sounds risky.  Since I do not have a medical background, I cannot determine "who is right" in this scenario.  This would be better answered by an MD.  However, it may not be as important to understand who is right in this scenario.  Usually people do not use drugs when everything is fine.  Drug use is usually an indication that something isn't working.  It may be more beneficial to talk to your husband about how you can help him.

    What has also caught my attention is throughout your post, you sound incredibly angry.  It might be helpful for you to seek individual therapy to talk about how your husband's drug use is affecting you.  It must be difficult to know your husband is engaging in harmful behavior.  Perhaps having the support of a therapist could help you formulate a conversation you could potentially have with him about your concerns.  Your husband could also seek individual therapy to talk about his drug use or find a supportive group to talk why he is using.  It could also be good if you both enroll in couples therapy so that together, you two can talk about what's going on with your relationship.  You don't need to be alone in this.  The fact that you wrote this post indicates that you are open to seeking support.  There are many support groups and drug use recovery centers that can help.  Good luck to the both of you.

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