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Spotting the Signs of Cocaine Abuse

signs of cocaine abuse

Cocaine begins affecting your brain in a matter of seconds – whether it’s snorted, smoked or injected into the bloodstream. And while the high is short-lived – typically ranging from five to 30 minutes – the physical and mental damage is lasting. Chronic, long-term use can result in everything from nosebleeds to complete psychosis to permanent lung damage – and, of course, death.

What to look for in your loved one’s appearance:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Frequent runny nose
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Lost sense of smell
  • Track marks
  • Burned lips or fingers
  • Weight loss
  • Jaw clenching
  • Profuse sweating
  • Tremors and muscle twitches
  • Headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased body temperature

What to look for in your loved one’s behavior:

  • Odd sleeping patterns (A person addicted to cocaine can go a few days with no sleep.)
  • Seeming dispersed/not being able to concentrate
  • Restless or fidgety
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Paranoia
  • Extreme happiness and energy
  • Overconfidence
  • Aggressiveness
  • Irritability
  • Poor judgment
  • Delusions
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Distrustful of other’s intentions
  • Feelings of rage and/or hatred
  • Antagonistic behaviors toward others
  • Defensiveness
  • Fearful

Since cocaine is a pretty expensive habit, you might also take note if someone you love starts experiencing money troubles, steals or begins asking you for money. The bottom line: The best thing you can do is to get help right away.

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It’s extremely difficult to stop abusing cocaine without professional help. An addiction to cocaine impacts nearly all aspects of life, from physical and mental health to family life to finances. At 10 Acre, we’ll help you or someone you love begin the journey of recovery surrounded by a caring community. To learn more about our holistic treatment approach, call today: 877-228-4679.