Fear of Missing out If Not Using Cocaine

Cocaine users may believe the following are benefits to using the drug:

  • Hyper-stimulation – it seems that all of your senses are on high alert; you see things more clearly, you feel things for intensely, music sounds better, and physical sensations are often heightened.
  • Reduced fatigue – you can stay up for several days at a time which gives you the perceived opportunity to get more done, or enjoy more of the current experience.
  • Mental clarity – while you believe that you have mental clarity, you really have hyper-stimulation which means that at the moment, you believe that you are thinking clearly, but when you come down you may not have clear recollection.
  • Diminished appetite – many people use cocaine for weight loss. However, when you discontinue using cocaine, you might binge eat and put your digestive system and your entire body on a roller coaster ride of starvation and consumption.

Downside of Cocaine Use

Cocaine use comes with perceived benefits, but these benefits are counteracted by the following effects:

  • Runny nose
  • Nose bleed
  • Tremors
  • Chills
  • Sniffing
  • Perspiration
  • Hyperactivity
  • Elevated speech pattern
  • Difficulty falling asleep or suffering from disruptive, inconsistent sleep patterns
  • Disregard for personal hygiene
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Changes in friends
  • Change in work or school performance
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Missing work/school
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Withdrawing from normal activities

What to Do If You Suspect Someone Is Using Cocaine
The first thing you need to do is not question your suspicions; if you see any of the physical, behavioral, or emotional side effects listed in this article, then you need to take action. However, you want to be prepared to have a discussion with the person about her cocaine use, so it may make sense to seek help yourself. You can contact our toll-free helpline and speak to one of our counselors about how to approach a cocaine abuser, or you can speak with your family physician, a high school or college counselor, your spiritual advisor, or your community mental health organization.

Get Help for Cocaine Abuse

Stop using cocaine before your use of it reaches those dangerous levels. Call us to ask questions about your cocaine use. To be assured of confidentiality as well as to receive answers to any questions you might have, call our toll-free helpline any time; we are available 24 hours a day. We want to help you find the right treatment program to handle cocaine abuse and can provide you with options, information about insurance, and resources. We are here to help.

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