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Early Signs, Symptoms, and Complications of Cocaine Addiction

Early Signs of Cocaine Addiction

The abuse of cocaine is not without its consequences. Often parents, spouses, employers—or other people who care about a man’s cocaine use—want to know what symptoms and signs they should look for. Fortunately, there are things you can become aware of to know if there is indeed a problem.

Some of the early signs of cocaine addiction include:

  • Cocaine is expensive. Look to the books to see how fast a person is going through cash.
  • Changes in behavior — exaggerated efforts to bar family members or friends from entering his room or being secretive about where he goes. Look also for drastic changes in behavior.
  • Excessive exhilaration and a show of unrealistic confidence
  • Increased alertness to the point of insomnia.
  • Rapid or rambling speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Irritability or changes in mood
  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Nasal congestion and damage to the mucous membrane of the nose (if snorting cocaine)

Complications and Side Effects of Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine abuse is inherently dangerous. Since it’s an illegal drug, an abuser often doesn’t know the dose, source, or if even it’s cocaine they are snorting or injecting. Just as often, dealers contribute additives like allergy medicine to increase their profit margins.

Complications of cocaine abuse are many and varied. Sometimes, it depends on the manner a person is consuming the drug. Complications such as the loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, frequent runny nose, and difficulties swallowing may occur in some people who snort cocaine. For those injecting, a higher risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C is a possibility. Other long-term effects of cocaine use include malnourishment because cocaine decreases appetite. Even disorders like Parkinson’s disease can be one long-term consequence.

Thankfully, Windward Way’s clinically supervised cocaine detox center and drug rehab can give you exactly the help you’re looking for. Since our highly trained intake counselors are around 24/7, there’s no excuse not to call 855-491-7694. We want to help you. We can help you. Rediscover yourself, the Windward Way.