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Signs of Cocaine Addiction

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As of 2017, the estimated 14.9% of people aged 12 and older have reported lifetime cocaine use. This means that an estimated 6 million Americans have used cocaine in their lifetime. Cocaine use often seems harmless at the beginning but it is a highly addictive substance that can lead to a number of physical, emotional, and social consequences. Being able to identify cocaine addiction in yourself or a loved once can be paramount to preventing a bad situation from getting worse.

Identifying Cocaine

Being able to identify cocaine and help you know what you are looking for if you find it in a loved one’s possession. There are 2 forms of cocaine, powered and crystalized (crack). Powdered cocaine is most commonly used and can be snorted, injected, or smoked. Crack cocaine is rock/crystal form of the drug that is typically smoked. Crack cocaine is more intense and the effects are felt quicker, but they also wear off quicker. Like many other odorless illicit drugs, cocaine is commonly stored in small plastic baggies.

Observable Signs of Cocaine Addiction

There are a number of signs and symptoms of cocaine use that are easily observable and are a great start to identifying if your loved one has a cocaine addiction. Possible observable symptoms include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • White powder around nostrils
  • Runny or bloody nose (nosebleeds)
  • Involuntary muscle twitching
  • Changes in sleeping patterns & long periods of wakefulness
  • Deterioration in physical appearance
  • Involuntary muscle twitching (tics)

Personality changes may feel more subtle but are also observable changes you may notice when someone is using cocaine. These include:

  • Talkativeness and excessive enthusiasm
  • Mood swings
  • Increased confidence
  • Paranoia
  • Depression

There are further signs that may not be as obvious if you are not the person who is using, but when you know to look for them might be noticeable. They may also be more or less noticeable depending on your relationship with the person and your involvement in their life.

  • Loss of appetite
  • Legal issues
  • Missing or being late to work
  • Financial problems
  • Obsessive thoughts about cocaine
  • Inability to stop using the drug
  • Relationship problems
  • Risk-taking behavior
  • Impotence in males
  • Hypersensitivity to sight, sound and touch
  • Engaging in risky behaviors, such as unsafe sex

If you or your loved ones are experiencing these symptoms, our cocaine detox program can help. Even if you are not sure if your loved one if using, or if you are unsure that you are addicted to cocaine, our addiction specialists are here to talk you through it. Give us a call today!

Brooks V.
Brooks V.
Brooks has been a freelance journalist for the better part of two decades, as well as spending a decade as a crisis intervention counselor. Through his own work and researching the work of others throughout the many facets of the detox, crisis intervention, and mental health worlds he has been able to tell the stories of those worlds in an effort to help addicts and those with mental illnesses understand and navigate them.