Cocaine is an illegal stimulant drug that is used for recreational reasons. It has a very high rate of addiction and abuse for chronic users. There are several different ways to use Cocaine:
1) Snorted into the nose
2) Inhaled as a vapor
3) Injected into the veins
Individuals who are using and/or abusing Cocaine will exhibit some negative psychological, physiological, and physical effects, including the following:
1) Addicts will lose weight
Cocaine is a stimulant, so those that abuse it will typically go without eating for several days, which leads to substantial weight loss. In some cases, the user will get used to the Cocaine and their use of the drug will level out to a point where they can be high and still eat like they used to without worry. However, in the early phases of Cocaine addiction, weight loss is a major factor.
2) Addicts wear clothes that cover themselves.
Addicts who use Cocaine intravenously will wear clothing that covers their legs, arms, and other areas where they have been injecting. In some cases, an addict will inject their neck and will wear turtlenecks, even during the summer months. Those that inject their arms or legs will wear winter-type clothes as well during the warmer months of the year.
3) Addicts “lose” money
You will often find that addicts often have unexplained occurrences of lost or missing money. Cocaine addicts will typically lie about where their money has gone, why they need money, and other financial factors. In some cases, victims of Cocaine addiction will steal or borrow money regularly in order to get their fix.
4) Addicts have unexplained mood changes
Persons afflicted with Cocaine addiction will have signs of fatigue and lethargy followed by an increase in alertness and energy. Additionally, anxiety may be present- they’ll either be anxious about the fact that they’ve just used the drug or anxious about when they’ll get their next high. Finally, one of the symptoms of withdrawal, or lack of the Cocaine, is irritability.
5) Addicts avoid friends and loved ones
Many times, a Cocaine addict will avoid their loved ones and some will even completely change the group of people that they hang out with so that they are able to have friends who share the same Cocaine addiction traits with them.
6) Addicts keep using Cocaine despite financial, relationship, or even legal trouble
Notwithstanding having come to the realization that their Cocaine use has led to troubles financially, relationship wise, and even legally, they still have their desire to use Cocaine.
In addition to the above signs and symptoms of Cocaine addiction, some of the psychological symptoms include agitation, delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, and even violence.
Please understand that help is available. Getting over Cocaine addiction is not something you can do on your own- you’re going to need some help. If you know you’re addicted or if someone you love is exhibiting these signs and symptoms of addiction, please seek help as soon as possible. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you or your loved one can be on the road to recovery.