As with most mind-altering substances, the euphoric effects of cocaine are accompanied by a number of adverse effects, some of which we outlined above. However, most individuals who are suffering from a cocaine problem will make every attempt to hide their cocaine dependence from others. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of some of the signs of cocaine abuse and addiction.
Some of the hallmark signs of cocaine use include exceedingly high energy levels. Individuals using cocaine often seem to have so much energy and might be continuously looking for opportunities to expend some of it, giving the impression of being hyperactive. Additionally, cocaine users tend to talk excessively. They may even sweat profusely due to the increase in heart rate, blood pressure and overall body temperature.
But there are psychological effects from cocaine use, too. Binge-patterned cocaine use may lead to irritability, restlessness, and anxiety. Cocaine abusers can also experience severe paranoia — characterized as a temporary state of full-blown paranoid psychosis — in which they lose touch with reality and experience auditory hallucinations.
Cocaine is even more dangerous when combined with other drugs or alcohol, which is referred to as poly-drug use. For example, the combination of cocaine and heroin — colloquially referred to by drug users as a “speedball” — carries a particularly high risk of fatal overdose. Our team is highly experienced in dealing with crack cocaine addiction and has a number of practices to help clients overcome this addiction. Principles Recovery Center is firm in our belief that every individuals treatment plan is different which is why we encourage you to reach out and learn how we can help you today!