Benefits of Addressing Cocaine Addiction Problems Early

Addiction is a disease that causes physical and psychological dependency. The physical dependence occurs because cocaine becomes necessary for the brain to function normally. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cocaine directly affects the brain, which makes it one of the most addictive substances available. The way cocaine affects the brain is one of the key reasons to address addiction as early as possible.

Additionally, psychological dependence changes a user’s personality and focus. When addicts prioritize cocaine above other factors, they no longer enjoy activities that used to, they have difficulty focusing at work and they often ignore their relationships with friends and family. This obsession with cocaine is so powerful that an addict may lie, steal and commit illegal acts to get cocaine.

How Cocaine Addiction Changes People

Receiving the intense high of cocaine influences the brain so significantly that an addict will keep using even when he experiences the following problems:

  • Physical changes such as a runny nose, nose bleed, tremors and chills, heavy perspiration, unhealthy weight loss due to diminished nutrition, signs of fatigue due to improper sleep and losing muscle due to limited exercise. In fact, NIDA reports that even the first use of cocaine increases the risk of heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, abdominal pain and nausea.
  • Social isolation from family and friends, disengaging from former social activities or making new friends who only provide or use cocaine
  • Financial changes that may include losing your job, inability to pay bills and enduring financial risk by using money for drugs. Often these financial risks are associated with an increased pattern of lying and stealing.

The physical, social and financial changes that cocaine addicts experience may increase depression and suicidal thoughts.

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

If various problems suggest that a loved one may be a cocaine addict, look for the following signs:

  • White powder found on the clothes and/or face
  • Small spoon-like items used for snorting
  • Mirrors and razors blades used for making lines
  • Rolled dollar bills
  • Small bottles with screw-on lids used for storing
  • Small plastic packets with white residue

One of the most obvious signs of cocaine abuse is witnessing a person swing from an exaggerated state of hyperactivity and power to crashing into long periods of sleep, depression, paranoia, anxiety, irritability and agitation.

Cocaine Treatment Programs

We understand that it is difficult to approach a loved one about cocaine abuse, and that you want to be sure of the addiction before you risk your relationship. If you need more information about the signs of cocaine addiction or treatment programs, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about cocaine addiction treatment.

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