Spotting Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction
- Nose-bleeds—these are a classic sign of cocaine addiction. A user’s nose tends to bleed because the cocaine destroys the mucous membranes (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
- Paranoia or panic attacks—cocaine addiction can affect the brain and alter a user’s state of mind. Paranoia or panic attacks tend to be one sign of addiction and can be followed up with chest pains and excessive sweating. A person addicted to the drug may also feel anxious or nervous in normal settings (WebMD)
- “Crashing” after a binge—users who are addicted to cocaine tend to come down from their high and experience negative and uncomfortable symptoms after an excessive binge, and may be listless and sleep for days on end (U.S. National Library of Medicine).
Withdrawal Symptoms of Cocaine AddictionAnother way to recognize cocaine addiction is by knowing the signs and symptoms of cocaine withdrawal. Once a person becomes dependent upon the drug, they cannot stop using it without some form of the body craving the substance, which many times is more psychological than physiological. A few symptoms to look out for are:
- Depression and Anxiety—in certain cases cocaine withdrawal can lead to suicidal thoughts. Overall, a person suffering from withdrawal from the drug will be nervous, unable to sit still, and feel emotionally distant.
- Aches, pains, chills and tremors—the physical signs of withdrawal are aches throughout the body, pain, feeling cold, and fits of shaking. A person who is experiencing the physical signs of a cocaine withdrawal may look like they are sick and recovering from the flu (WebMD).
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