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Signs of Cocaine Use

signs of cocaine useCocaine addiction is a very real problem that affects millions of people. For example, in 2014, there was an estimated 1.5 million current (past-month) cocaine users aged 12 or older (0.6 percent of the population).[1] Cocaine is a stimulant that targets the central nervous system and produces euphoric effects. The drug is also very addictive.

Addiction can set in after a very short period of use, and individuals who use it even a few times can become addicted.

Cocaine is a white crystalline, powdery substance.The drug tastes bitter and numbs the tongue and lips. While some users find that the drug enables them to perform physical and mental tasks quicker, others experience the opposite effect.

The Short-Term Effects

The effects of cocaine are immediate and enjoyable, but brief.

Cocaine produces a short but intense burst of euphoria and can make users feel more energetic and talkative. Cocaine is like caffeine in that it helps promote wakefulness in users. Psychological effects of cocaine usage include feelings of well-being, a sense of power, anxiety and restlessness.

As cocaine wears off, these sensations are replaced by intense depression after which the user will “crash” and become lethargic, typically wanting to sleep for days at a time. These effects are more intense when cocaine usage is stopped and can include other effects such as fatigue, listlessness, anxiety, irritability, sleepiness and paranoia.

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There are a variety of common physical signs of cocaine addiction. Some, but not all, of these include the following:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Loss of weight
  • Runny nose
  • Increased illnesses
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Increase in temperature
  • Nosebleeds
  • Nausea and/or vomiting


There are also emotional signs of cocaine abuse, and these can include the following:

  • Change in eating patterns
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Change in social circle
  • Change in behavior
  • Frequently in need of money
  • Unusually excessive bursts of energy followed by excessive sleeping
  • Depression
  • Missed work
  • Increase in time spent away from family
  • Hallucinations
  • Speaking rapidly
  • Paranoid thoughts or mental state

Withdrawal Symptoms

If a person stops cocaine use develops withdrawal symptoms, this is a huge indicator of cocaine abuse and addiction. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Vivid and bad dreams
  • Increase in appetite
  • Intense cocaine cravings
  • Agitation


At The Canyon, our cocaine treatment program is designed to help you reconnect with life. To help you achieve this, The Canyon has a certified group of therapists and staff members who are dedicated to your success.

At The Canyon, you’ll be given the tools you need to break free from your cocaine addiction and go on to lead a normal, healthy life.If you or a loved one struggles with cocaine abuse or addiction, contact us today for more information at 424-387-3118.


[1] What is the Scope of Cocaine use in The United States?

[2] What are the short-term effects of cocaine use?