When cocaine addiction is in its early stages, its symptoms usually go undetected because they are small and easily hidden. But, as time goes on and as use increases, the symptoms of cocaine addiction begin to worsen and become noticeable. Cocaine addiction can develop very quickly. One can become addicted in a week or two and sometimes as fast as a single dose.
Cocaine addiction symptoms can be seen in a person’s behavior and mood. Reclusiveness, paranoia, lying, anxiety, irritability, and apathy come hand in hand with cocaine addiction. A cocaine user may be angry at certain people for little to no reason at all or may show very little concern for others.
One of the most obvious cocaine addiction symptoms is when the user has ran out of money and puts more of their time and effort to obtaining and using more of the drug. Cocaine has been nicknamed “the rich man’s drug” for a reason. Cocaine users get non-stop cravings to use more and more and can easily spend hundreds on their addiction in a single day. Once this begins happening, cocaine users will inevitably start trying to borrow money from friends and family, frequently calling in sick to work, stealing, and selling of personal belongings also start to occur.
cocaine addiction symptoms It is very common that a cocaine user will use household items to use cocaine. A straw that’s been cut in half, a pen that’s been taken apart, or a dollar bill may have been rolled up to be used as a snorting tube. A razor blade or an ID card may be used to chop up cocaine into finer particles which makes it easier to snort. It is good to keep an eye out for such things.
Some cocaine addiction symptoms which directly affect the users’ health include:
Loss of weight – Cocaine suppresses the appetite and results in rarely feeling hungry.
Insomnia – since cocaine is a stimulant, cocaine users are often unable to sleep and continue to use and stay up all through the night.
Accelerated heart rate and breathing – Blood vessels constrict and the heart rate and breathing are increased to compensate.
Cardiac arrest – with larger and/or continuous doses, the heart is at increased risk.
Additional Cocaine Addiction Symptom
Look at the pupils. When cocaine and other narcotics are used, the pupils are altered. With cocaine use, the pupils are usually dilated for hours after using and can be constricted during use. This can be more apparent when changes in lighting do not affect the size of the pupils and are definitely a sign of cocaine addiction.
With users that use snort cocaine through their nose, chronic nose bleeds can be a symptom of cocaine addiction. When cocaine is repetitively present in the nasal cavities the lining of those nose gets gradually worn away which can cause the nose to bleed a great deal. This can be a sign of cocaine use if there is no other realistic explanation as to why this is happening.
Other physical cocaine addiction symptoms can include sweating for no apparent reason, paranoia and quick or frantic body movements. Watch for changes in behavior because cocaine use has significant behavior altering tendencies.
Watch out for constant excuses for short comings. Cocaine addicts will have a justification or a reason of some sort for not being able to keep their promises or needing financial assistance. Another symptom of cocaine addiction is also becoming defensive when someone questions anything that they know they should be doing better at.
Cocaine addicts tend to associate with other cocaine users. Notice any changes in the people that they choose to be around. It is most often a new group of friends or a new co-worker. They will tend to put distance between everyone else and be close with only this new social group.