Signs of Cocaine Use and Abuse

Signs of Cocaine Use: sketch of a Coca plant

In the 80’s, cocaine was “the fun drug,” the choice of celebrities and anyone else who could afford it, but as serious long-term mental and physical health issues are coming to light, many addicts are finding out the fun is over.

As one of the most addictive drugs ever, cocaine addiction and abuse now crosses all socio-economic barriers. Just about every day, news stories are coming out about celebrities, political figures and the “mom’s next door” being busted for cocaine or crack addiction.

If you think someone around you, a loved one or a co-worker, is using cocaine, there are a number of signs that could indicate drug use.

It’s important, however, to note that just one sign of cocaine use does not an addict nor drug abuser make.

Here are some of possible indications, but only a proper drug test or hair follicle test can confirm cocaine use:

  • Sniffling and Constantly Runny Nose
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Sweating
  • Changes in eating behaviors
  • Rapid or “speedy” talk
  • Nervousness
  • Emotional Agitation
  • Dilated (large) pupils
  • and in extreme cases, paranoia, violent behavior and psychosis.

Cocaine use often mimics the symptoms of bipolar disorder — extreme highs and euphoria while on the drug with equally exaggerated and sometimes suicidal lows when withdrawing from use.

Cocaine Addicts also usually have financial problems as the addiction progresses and use becomes more and more frequent — just like the popular bumper sticker from the 80’s said.. “My other car went up my nose!”

Help is available in many forms and philosophies, so it’s best to check out more than one cocaine addiction treatment program to find the best fit.


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