Cocaine Addiction Signs
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Signs of Cocaine Addiction
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Signs of cocaine addiction are easy to spot if you know what to look for. This powerfully addictive stimulant works by stimulating the Central Nervous System. It provides a potent, very unique euphoric feeling which leads many people to cocaine addiction. It does not take a long period of use for someone to become completely addicted to cocaine. This rock like, and when crushed, powdery substance with a slight bitter taste, numbs the lips and tongue when applied. Cocaine suppresses the appetite, causes users to be very alert and without need for sleep as well as gives users great feelings of pleasure. People sometimes feel that cocaine allows them to perform day to day tasks easier and more efficiently, while others become quiet and unable to do anything but feel high. Cocaine comes from the leaf of the coca bush, which grows in Bolivia and Peru.
Cocaine's effects are instant, with heightened feelings of pleasure, but short lasting. While the effects of cocaine can appear to be enjoyable, the temporary euphoria leaves quick and must be used frequently to continue experiencing it's effects. Some people feel a sense of power or invincibility while using cocaine. When reaching these kinds of highs, the come down as the effects wear off can be intense, with deep periods of depression and sadness. Most cocaine users become slow and extremely tired when the effects of the drug wear off and enter "crash" periods where they will go into a deep sleep as their bodies recharge from prolonged usage.
For anyone who uses cocaine regularly, the periods where the drug is not available can be torturous as depression, heightened anger, cravings and sleepiness set in.
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Physical signs that are common to cocaine addiction include but are not limited to:
  • Red, puffy or sore looking eyes
  • A runny nose or constant sniffing
  • Loss of weight and appetite
  • Frequent colds or other sickness
  • High blood pressure
  • Large, dilated pupils
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Nosebleeds
  • High temperature
  • Hyperactivity or "shakes"
  • Periods of sweating or chills
  • Upset stomach and/or vomiting
Emotional signs that are common to cocaine addiction include but are not limited to:
  • Abnormal sleeping and eating patterns
  • Change in social behavior and venue
  • Irregular behavior, drop in grades if in school
  • Unkempt, depressed or withdrawn
  • Lowered interest in family activities and school
  • Constant need and urgency for money
  • High levels of energy followed by deep periods of sleep and rest
  • Depression
  • Heightened Irritability
  • Strange behavior
  • desire to be isolated
  • Stressed relationships
  • Tardiness
  • Theft, lying, issues with finances
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feelings of Paranoia
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Rapid Speech
Signs of cocaine addiction that are common to withdrawal include but are not limited to:
  • Moody and depressed
  • Physical fatigue
  • General Unhappiness
  • Intense dreams
  • Restlessness and agitated behavior
  • Low activity
  • increased appetite
  • Heightened need and craving for cocaine

Cocaine Addiction Signs
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