Behavioral Symptoms of Cocaine Use

Family and friends sometimes suspect that a particular person is using cocaine but knowing for sure can be difficult.  While only a drug test will tell you for sure, there are some symptoms that indicate there is a drug addiction issue.  If you suspect a person may be abusing cocaine, you should watch for the emotional and physical symptoms discussed below.  Cocaine produces several problems for the person who uses it.  Among these problems are emotional symptoms.  The individual who is abusing cocaine may display increased energy; violence; erratic, risky, reckless or bizarre behaviors.  You may also notice that they steal or borrow money and are extremely talkative.  These are behaviors another person may notice.

The person who is abusing cocaine may feel anxiety; depression; superiority; euphoria; panic; and fearfulness.  Psychological symptoms, which may or may not be obvious to other people, include paranoia; hallucinations; lack of motivation and violent mood swings.  In severe situations, the victim of cocaine addiction may suffer from a break from reality.  Legal problem; unemployment and relationship problems are also frequent.  As the drug wears off, many of the symptoms will be reversed.  Increased energy alternates with extended sleep.

If you notice many of these symptoms in a friend or family member, it would be a good idea to address the issue with them.  Almost always, the victim of cocaine addiction will deny using the drug.  This is due in part to shame on the part of the addict.  Because cocaine addiction produces intense cravings, they will probably resist any effort to suggest that they have a problem that needs to be treated.  That is, they will deny that they are addicted to cocaine.  Be prepared for a very uncomfortable encounter when you suggest that somebody you love is addicted to cocaine.

The addict may often become angry with the person who, as they would describe it, accuses them of having a problem with cocaine.  This is an attempt to discourage somebody from challenging them about their problem.  Nobody wants to fight with somebody they love, so getting angry will keep the other person from intervening in their drug use.  In other words, the person who suggests that the addict is using cocaine is met with anger in the hope that they will just drop the issue.

It is important that you see this anger or denial for what it is.  The addict probably doesn’t want to face up to their problem.  It’s up to you to move past these negative responses for the good of your friend or relative.  If we love one another as Jesus calls us to do, then we must bear hardships when necessary to help them.

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