Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Abuse

If you suspect your loved one is addicted to a drug, and that drug might be cocaine, here is how you can find out. When you see signs and suspect something is afoot, you may not know which drug it is that is the person’s drug of choice. But you can become more informed and not only tell which is your loved one’s choice of illicit drug, but can help them leave it behind.

Powdered Cocaine

A person abusing powdered cocaine will not normally want you to know they are hooked. They may disappear for a while and return in a very different mood. The person may act more confident than usual and seem excited over almost nothing at all. Their well-being will appear to improve. They may be talkative and energetic. They won’t want to eat. They may have trouble sleeping.

If you see traces of a white powder around his or her nose, this is a sign of cocaine use. Their pupils will be dilated. Sometimes, rather than snorting the drug through their nose, they may dissolve it and inject it in a vein. In cases such as this, you will find needle marks on their arms, or even on their hands, neck or feet. You may find discarded syringes around. Other paraphernalia includes razor blades, rolled up money or straws, needles, surgical tubing and small mirrors.

Crack Cocaine

When using crack cocaine, the person will exhibit many of the same signs as with powdered cocaine. However, the paraphernalia will be different. You will be more likely to find small plastic bags around, as well as glass pipes. Crack pipes can burn a person’s lips and fingers, so if you see burns on these parts of their body, you can suspect use of this dangerous drug.

Effects of Cocaine Use

If someone you love has been abusing cocaine by snorting it, you will see the effects in them physically. They will lose their sense of smell. They may get frequent nosebleeds. Their nose may run.

Effects on the heart are great with any abuse of cocaine. The heart speeds up and the blood vessels contract. When this happens, it opens the door for heart attack or stroke. Over a long period of time, the heart can get permanent damage such as not being able to pump blood effectively or becoming enlarged.

As a person uses more and more of the drug, he can become paranoid, aggressive, disoriented and delusionary. Because a tolerance is built, he will need more and more of the drug to satisfy his search for that “wonderful” feeling when first consuming it. Thus obtaining the drug takes over his life, to the exclusion of anything or anyone else.

Recovery from Cocaine Addiction

You need to find a cocaine addict help as soon as possible, to avoid the physical and mental damage resulting. There is also the possibility he could be arrested, injured in a drug-related accident or die from overdose.

It is very difficult to leave cocaine behind due to the intense cravings the addict experiences. However, there are programs that have a way to reduce these cravings and give the addict a better chance at lasting recovery. For instance, some programs have a unique detoxification that removes drug residues from the system, which has been known to specifically reduce or even eliminate the cravings which can lead to relapse.

It is very difficult to leave cocaine behind due to the intense cravings the addict experiences. However, there are programs that have a way to reduce these cravings and give the addict a better chance at lasting recovery. For instance, some programs have a unique detoxification that removes drug residues from the system, which has been known to specifically reduce or even eliminate the cravings which can lead to relapse.

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