Cocaine, also known as coke, is an illegal stimulant. It is usually found in its powdered form and is mixed with a variety of other white powdered substances. Cocaine is inhaled through the nose (most common) or mixed with water and injected into the bloodstream. Although cocaine is not physically addictive, it does have many side effects. It is important to be aware of the warning signs for Cocaine Addiction.

Physical Warning Signs of Cocaine Use

  • Nosebleeds
  • Chapped lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Dilated pupils
  • Racing heart
  • Runny nose
  • Weight loss
  • Post nasal drip
  • Dehydration

Behavior Warning Signs of Cocaine Use

  • Grinding or clenching Teeth
  • Excessive talking, rambling
  • Paranoia
  • Periodically going to bathroom, or leaving momentarily
  • Decreased appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance
  • Anxiety (during crash)
  • Depression (during crash)
  • Lack of pleasure (during crash)
  • Fatigue (during crash)

Indirect Warning Signs of Cocaine Use

  • Financial Problems
  • Missing or Stolen Money or frequent requests to borrow money, particularly with nothing to show for it
  • Unusual sleep schedule
  • Loss of friends/family/employment
  • Plastic bags with white powder residue
  • Rolled up paper or money (used for snorting)
  • White residue on credit cards or other flat edged items (to prepare lines with)
  • Missing alcohol (cocaine provides a “sobered” feeling and will be able to drink more excessively)
  • Short straws or other such items in places not consistent with normal use (eg. Straws in bathroom)
  • Keys with powdered residue

If you suspect your loved one is using cocaine, get help immediately.  It is a deadly drug.  Because of its many caustic chemical components, it can seriously jeopardize your loved one’s health and body.  Persuading your loved one to go to treatment or at minimum visit a doctor is very important.

New Hope Recovery Center has helped many clients with cocaine addiction.  We are happy to answer your questions.  Contact us at 888-707-4673 or email us at info@new-hope-recovery.com.

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

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