By: Shannon Persad
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The Signs and Symptoms of a Cocaine Addiction
There are various substances in the limelight, such as opioids and marijuana, but cocaine isn’t talked about enough—besides the occasional drug busts that are reported.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cocaine is an addictive stimulant from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It is illegal and is also known as a street drug. It comes in various forms, resembling fine powder. Today, it is more deadly as it can be laced with life-threating substances such as other stimulants and fentanyl.
Having an addiction to cocaine is a serious problem, as it can lead to dangerous consequences and changes in a person’s behavior.
However, how would you know if someone is suffering from a cocaine addiction?
We’ve outlined various signs and symptoms to look for if you suspect someone has a cocaine addiction. If this also sounds like you, it’s time to seek immediate help.
Red Flags Someone Has a Cocaine Addiction
Common signs someone may have a cocaine addiction are:
- Severe and frequent mood swings
- A rise in financial problems
- An increase in legal issues
- Appetite loss, resulting in weight loss
- Hallucinations; hearing voices
- Inability to maintain a job
- Reckless behavior to obtain more drugs
- Excessive energy
- Drug paraphernalia in their surroundings, such as razors, baggies, needles, spoons, aluminum foil.)
- A decline in overall health
- Constantly abandoning social gatherings
- Fast speech and moving incredibly fast
- Change in personal hygiene and appearance
- Pupils dilated
- Poor and impaired judgment
Most substance addictions have similar signs, even if it’s a different drug such as painkillers.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, it’s important to accept you may have an addiction.
Please seek immediate help by entering treatment or speaking to a professional.