While cocaine doesn’t generate the same news headlines and epidemic-level concern as opioids, it remains a widely used and highly addictive drug; in fact, some statistics indicate that more than one out of 10 adults have used cocaine at some point in their life.

Cocaine is a stimulant to the nervous system, and its short-term effect is to elevate your heart rate, raise your energy level, and give you an intense “high.” This all comes at a price, however; cocaine quickly becomes an addiction, and higher doses are needed to generate the same rush. It can have a disastrous effect on your health and on your personal life.

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

If you have a friend or loved one who’s dealing with cocaine addiction, it’s vital to encourage them to seek treatment. The question is, how can you tell when a loved one is addicted to cocaine? Some of the most common warning signs include:

  • A high level of excitability
  • Mood swings
  • Risky behaviors or a loss of inhibition
  • A boost in confidence
  • A “buzzy,” talkative nature
  • Loss of interest in things that once brought pleasure
  • An increased need for privacy or secrecy
  • Major changes in sleeping or eating patterns

And, there are some common indications of cocaine habits: Burn marks on the hands or lips, and white powder residue around the nose or mouth.

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it could point to a potentially life-ending problem with cocaine—but the fortunate news is that treatment works and recovery is possible. Let your friend or loved one know you care about them enough to want to see them get better. Reach out to Seacliff Recovery with any questions about cocaine addiction recovery.

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