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Tell-Tale Signs of a Cocaine Addict

Cocaine is a widely used illicit drug, and has been for quite some time. It was even an ingredient in its namesake cola until the drug was banned in the United States. As its popularity continues, so does the risk and prevalence of addiction. Stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine are highly addictive, and if you are worried about a loved one, there are a few signs that can point to a drug problem.

If your loved one has suddenly lost weight for no apparent reason, there might be something wrong. Not only is cocaine a stimulant, but it also suppresses the appetite. Rapid weight loss is common in coke addicts, and can occur over a very short time period. Combine not eating with not sleeping, and you have a very unhealthy physical (and mental) change in the possible addict. If your loved one isn’t an addict yet still has an unexplained weight loss, she should see a doctor.

People who are addicted to cocaine tend to have very odd sleeping patterns. They may be out all night, and lie about where they’ve been and what they’ve been doing. Cocaine addicts (and meth addicts) can stay up for days at a time, so keep an eye on whether they’ve had any sleep at all. It can be fairly easy to do a little investigation to see if your loved one was actually working all night at the office, or if he only told you he was.

Cocaine isn’t cheap, and the higher the quality and the more an addict needs, you’re looking at someone who may suddenly have money problems. They might be broke often, and may even come to you for a loan. As the addiction progresses, he may begin stealing to support his habit, and his world will begin falling apart at the seams. Paranoia, restlessness, irritability, and anxiety are also markers of cocaine addiction. You may begin to feel like you don’t even know this person anymore.

Other signs, such as dilated pupils, talkativeness, sniffling, and risky behaviors may be indicative of a cocaine addiction. If you find paraphernalia such as rolled dollar bills, razors, mirrors, or heavily scratched CD cases, you should give us a call. We can help you get your loved one the help she needs. Recovery is possible, and it’s a phone call away.

Serenity Recovery Center at the Encino Hospital Medical Center offers the comforts of home for a clinical detox experience. Detox is the necessary first step of recovery. Begin your recovery journey in a safe, comfortable environment, clinically monitored by professionals. Call 844-339-6964 today for more information.