Signs of Cocaine Use

signs of cocaine usePeople who abuse cocaine might not leave the white powder lying out in the open where anyone in the family can see it. The drug is too valuable to leave unattended for even one minute, and users are often quite careful to guard the drug as a result. But even though families might not spot the powder in their homes or on the faces of the people they love, there are signs that can indicate that a cocaine-based drug problem is in play. These are just a few of them.

Signs During Intoxication

Cocaine is a stimulant drug, meaning that people who take this drug often seem as though they’re moving much faster than they normally would. They might:

  • Talk quickly
  • Run instead of walk
  • Jump from one topic to the next
  • Fidget

In addition to these behavioral changes, people who abuse cocaine might also display physical changes, such as very tiny pupils and increased sweating. These changes come about due to cocaine’s impact on the body’s vital systems, and according to an article in Psychology Today, these changes can grow to be so significant that people who take in cocaine can experience a heart attack while under the influence. It’s a dramatic symptom to be sure, and it could indicate that a cocaine habit has grown from small and ignorable to huge and life-threatening.

Long-Term Changes

People can take the powdered form of cocaine by inhaling it through the nasal passages. Since cocaine causes blood vessels to contract, the skin in the nose can begin to crack, peel and die. As a result, people who have a long-term habit may develop bloody noses, or they may complain of an inability to smell good food.

Cocaine’s impact on the cardiovascular system during intoxication has already been described, but some people who abuse cocaine habitually do such long-term damage that they experience strokes up to a day after their cocaine abuse, according to the American Heart Association. A young person with no other risk factors who endures a stroke might very well be abusing cocaine, and a conversation should most definitely take place in order to rule that problem out.

Cocaine can also cause the brain’s pleasure systems to work overtime, producing huge amounts of chemicals without taking time to rest. In time, people who abuse this drug may become deficient in these pleasure chemicals, and they may seem depressed, anxious and restless much of the time.

Getting Help

People who abuse a large amount of cocaine on a regular basis are much more likely to show these signs, when compared to people who only take in small amounts on occasion. However, anyone who abuses cocaine and who finds it difficult to stop can benefit from a treatment program like the one we provide at The Oaks at La Paloma.

Here, they can learn more about why they chose to abuse this drug, and they can develop a new suite of techniques that can help them to stay sober, no matter what challenges might arise in the future. If you’d like to know about our cocaine addiction treatment programs, please call us. We’re happy to help. Give us a call today.