Usual Signs of Cocaine Addiction Including Modern Treatment Methods

by The Devil's Dandruff

Approaching A Family Member Suspected of Cocaine Abuse

Dilated pupils are often a give-a-way that the person is high on cocaine or other amphetamines
If you are able to recognise the usual signs of cocaine addiction and suspect that a family member or someone close to you has a cocaine addiction problem, there are some apparent tell-tale signs that can help you to detect them.

It might be best to be as sure as possible before attempting to ask the person whether they are using cocaine.

Asking them outright can be a bit tricky and should be approached delicately and with tact, as it's very possible that aside from them initially lying to you, the suspected cocaine addict may also become angry and aggressive with you for making any kind of accusation.

If the person you suspect of using cocaine is your partner/spouse, you may notice that their moods change from appearing excitable one minute and then a change of mood to depression.
The person may make excuses to 'pop out' to get cigarettes or invent an excuse, so as to get more coke. You might notice them going into another room to make phone calls (to their cocaine dealer). They may also ask to borrow money or you might notice that they seem to be short of money all of a sudden, as once a person becomes addicted to cocaine, they will spend money on it like it's was going out of fashion.

Here are some of the common visible signs of cocaine abuse:

  • Constant sniffing and runny nose.
  • Nose bleeds
  • Dilated pupils
  • Frequent mood changes
  • Poor appetite
  • Generally tired and lethargic
  • Sleep issues
  • Weight Loss
  • Becoming quick-tempered
  • Loss of interest in things they once liked

A Cocaine Habit Can Quickly Affect Home Life

A coke addict also tends to sleep longer and finds it necessary to require more sleep than usual, as well may making up excuses to take days off of work, stating that they aren't feeling well etc.

My sister-in-law's husband started using cocaine which soon became a serious addiction. She worked as a dental assistant while her husband was a black taxi driver. They had a mortgage together and her wages would go directly into her building society account to pay the mortgage each month, while his money (which was always cash) paid for shopping and other day-to-day expenses.

She recently received a letter from her building society stating that they were 2 months behind with their mortgage payments. She couldn't understand it because she knew that her wages went directly into her bank account to pay for the mortgage. When she confronted her husband, he finally admitted that he'd been withdrawing money from their building society account and giving it to her as for her shopping money to make it appear that it was from his taxi work.

It turned out that he had been going out to work and finishing at about midday and would then slip into his local boozer where he'd get bang on the Charlie. He'd literally be there all day and when he'd go home at night, he would tell his wife that he’d stopped off after work to have a quick few pints - so she had been none the wiser until she got that letter showing that their mortgage hadn't been paid for the last few months.

This shows just how it can quickly change decent people into sneaky liars and turn their lives upside-down. This almost caused them to get divorced. She couldn’t believe that he could be so deceitful. But that’s what cocaine does to people!

Also, if the coke addict smokes cigarettes and drinks alcohol, you could notice that they are smoking and drinking much more and even sometimes almost to the point of drinking more regularly each night at home, as well as even 'chain-smoking' - as this is another thing that cocaine causes the user to do.

Where the Cocaine Addiction Treatment Starts...

It's not uncommon for people that have a dependency on cocaine to also have other mental and or physical problems. One factor that seems to be evident, is that the person that has an addiction to cocaine appears to believe that they are actually in control of the situation and that they are convinced that everything is in fact okay. They don’t see it as a real problem. Cocaine deludes the brain!

Cocaine is a stimulant that affects the brain in such a way, that the user needs to take hits or lines of coke more frequently and usually in larger amounts as the addictions grows stronger over a short period of time. This is extremely dangerous and is what causes many cocaine users to overdose and subsequently end up being admitted into the emergency unit for drug overdoses. Out of all illicit drugs, cocaine related visits to the hospital’s emergency departments is the most common.

Cocaine abuse is dealt with in several ways and initially the first part of the treatment (after a medical examination) is to detoxify the body. Although, when a user stops taking cocaine, the body begins to naturally rid itself of toxins and drug substances through the liver. The process of detoxification is greatly increased by exercising, taking saunas and replacing lost nutrients each day as part of the rehabilitation program. Just by doing these exercises alone and regularly for several weeks, soon shows rapid all-round improvement.
Locate a Reputable Treatment Program: With the help of your GP, you'll be able to find a treatment program (whether it be to go for private cocaine addiction treatment or free NHS) that is right for your current cocaine addiction requirements with professional personnel that are qualified to help deal with any withdrawal symptoms, as well as provide you with an aftercare service which needs to be part of your rehabilitation program.

Profession Help Is the Key to Success: One thing I have seen that seems to be a huge mistake, is to ask the advice from other cocaine addicts or friends that do drugs. The thing with free advice is that it's usually worth exactly what it costs - 'nothing'!

When you decide to quit using cocaine, you need to make sure that you do it right. So, make sure that you get help and advise from experts in rehabilitation. Be sure to pay full attention to the advice they offer and follow their directions. Be sure to make use of them by asking any questions that you have. Your personal counsellor will have much experience that you can benefit from. They are there to help you!

Decision is Power! If you realise that you have an addiction to cocaine and feel in your heart that you truly desire to quit using it and start a fresh, clean and new life - then now is the time. Do not put it off until a later date. Get on the phone today and make an appointment to at least see you GP. Tell them that it's really important, so as to get a quick appointment. Better still, go to your local medical centre and get to see your GP or any doctor to get the ball rolling. There's tremendous power in 'acting' on your desire NOW!

When you start your rehab program, see it as a new beginning. A chance to begin a totally new, exciting and wonderful life. Imagine and visualise yourself as the new 'drug-free' you. Realise that others before you have totally turned their lives around and that the rehabilitation programs do work - providing that you're prepared to do what’s required. Stick with it and be determined, that you are now free of that life-destroying habit and be sure to never go back to that old environment or mix with your old cocaine buddies. Do that, and you can grow the strength to be cocaine-free for life!

How to Spot Signs of Cocaine Use

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