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Signs of Cocaine Abuse

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Use

There is a large litany of signs associated with cocaine abuse. Some signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse include:

  • Excitability occurs mainly while cocaine abusers are in the process of scoring the drug and excitability is further amplified upon using
    • The thought of purchasing or obtaining cocaine increases dopamine in the pleasure center which boosts excitability
    • Actual cocaine use surges dopamine in the pleasure center which launches excitability like a missile
  • Dilated pupils result to a lesser extent when individuals think about purchasing cocaine and actually purchasing it, while pupils more extremely dilate once the cocaine enters the mind and body
  • Runny nose is a common associated sign of cocaine abuse during use and withdrawal
  • Weight loss occurs in cocaine abusers because cocaine,  food and beverages all increase dopamine in the pleasure center,
    • cocaine use tells the pleasure center that it is at capacity for dopamine, therefore not prompting the user to seek more pleasure through food or drink
  • Mood swings are the hallmark of all drugs of abuse, including alcohol, marijuana and nicotine, but cocaine is king because:
    • fast surges in dopamine look like the manic piece of manic-depression, and
    • subsequent rapid plunges of dopamine look the suicidal depressed half of manic-depression
  • Social isolation most often is associated with cocaine withdrawal
  • Risky behaviors often satellite cocaine abusers because they frequently…
    • venture into not very safe neighborhoods in order to purchase cocaine,
    • use the drug an dangerous ways that can compromise wellness and cause death
    • use overhead money to buy drugs
    • use and withdraw, both impairing, while driving a motor vehicle or truck
  • Nosebleeds commonly occur after chronically insufflating into the nasal passages,
    • often resulting in a hole in the nasal septum,
    • with some burning most of their nasal septum away, and
    • resulting in pink powder around the nostrils
  • Boost in confidence associated with cocaine use is similar to the empty-grandiosity of the manic portion of bipolar disorder
  • Talkative habits most often occur after recent use, definitely not during withdrawal
  • Changes in sleeping and eating patterns are almost always present with little to no sleeping and eating during cocaine runs (many hours to days) with binge eating and binge sleeping (many hours to days)
  • White powder residue around the nose and mouth, the powdered donut look, is the smoking gun that indicates that cocaine was just used (provided that there are no donuts around)
  • Burn marks on the hands and lips are frequently associated with the act of smoking cocaine
  • Deterioration in hygiene habits renders many cocaine abusers with the latest in “ragamuffin” looks and fashion
  • Financial difficulties are a natural with cocaine abuse
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable things is most associated with cocaine withdrawal, however, when a cocaine abuser is buying and using there is little time and money for anything else
  • Increased need for privacy is a sign of cocaine abuse associated with purchase, use and crash
  • Razor blades, straws and other cocaine paraphernalia in the individual’s room or pockets is a tell-tale sign

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