With cocaine being such a powerfully addictive drug, it is unlikely for an individual to be able to control the extent to which they use cocaine or whether they become addicted to the drug. A cocaine habit is one of the hardest to kick however treatment for cocaine addiction is available and effective. Although it can be easy in the beginning stages of an addiction to disguise the issue, over time the addiction will no longer be able to be hidden.
Being able to accurately identify the effects of cocaine are imperative to prevent permanent physical and psychological damage from the addictive stimulant drug. Getting a jump on addiction and treating the signs of addiction are imperative to avoid complications more than just the symptoms which can be easily avoidable in some cases; conditions caused by cocaine like overdose and cocaine toxicity are harder to ignore and potentially fatal.
Cocaine Addiction Symptoms
If you are lead to believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from a cocaine addiction, some of the most common signs and symptoms associated with a cocaine addiction includes:
Loss of control over cocaine use
Tolerance for cocaine; needing a higher dose and.or more frequent use of the drug to achieve the initial effects
Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when use of cocaine has been reduced or abruptly stopped
Preoccupation with cocaine
Continued use of the drug in spite of having knowledge of its consequences
Drug use is interfering in interpersonal relationships with friends and family
Using cocaine under dangerous circumstances (i.e. using cocaine while caring for an infant child)
Experiencing intense cravings for the drug
Neglecting responsibilities and commitments in relation to drug use
Making unsuccessful attempts to reduce or end cocaine use
Spending inordinate amounts of time obtaining, using, and recovering from cocaine
Experiencing adverse health issues in relation to cocaine use
Having issues at work, home, school, and/or with the law in relation to cocaine use
Becoming irritable and agitated when not under the influence
Cocaine residue on the person’s face and/or personal belongings
Frequent sniffing and runny nose
Needle marks indicating where cocaine has been administered
Decreased desire for food and rest
Frequently wandering off to maintain one’s high (the effects of cocaine only last periodically causing cocaine users to frequently excuse themselves)
Experiencing financial difficulties as a result of cocaine purchases
Family and loved ones have expressed concern over your drug use and addictive behaviors
Understanding When to Get Help for Cocaine Addiction and Abuse
If you or a loved one have experienced one or more of the symptoms listed above, we strongly advise you to seek the attention of a medical professional as soon as possible. The earlier a cocaine use problem is treated, the better the outcome and avoidance of serious medical complications. Many erroneously believe professional help is only needed for chronic addictions, but that's not the case. The sooner cocaine addiction treatment is sought early on for substance use disorders, the less chances cocaine has of inflicting permanent harm to users.
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