Chemical dependence is a puzzling, baffling issue. It is important to understand that it is a disease issue, not a moral issue. And while it may be a critical issue for those who become addicted (and those around them), it is not a hopeless issue. The hope lies in acceptance and courage, in surrender and gratitude, and most of all in the ordinary people who are willing to share their stories with others who need to hear them.


The popularity of cocaine use comes and goes, but is always around. Its effects can be devastating to the addict and their loved ones. It can lead to mental health issues, psychosis, cardiovascular disease, strokes, heart attacks and many behavioral problems. It is inhaled as a powder, smoked as a rock (crack cocaine) and injected after melted down. But like any drug addiction the secret to treatment from the disease is early intervention. So here are some of the signs and symptoms of cocaine use/addiction.

  • Dilated pupils when they are high on the drug. They may have unusually constricted pupils in between using.
  • Rapid speech and quite aggressive for no apparent reason.
  • Sweating and heart palpitations. Users may feel the need to sit down and occasionally clutching their chest from time to time with shortness of breath.
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom. The high is short lived and they frequently need to top it off.
  • Irritated noses, runny noses and sometimes nose bleeds.

As the cocaine use keeps going the person begins to use more often and usually will progress to chronic use. Some signs and symptoms of those are as follows:

  • Financial problems. This drug is expensive and those who use it may find their reserves running low. They may begin to beg, borrow and steal the money for the drug. And sometimes the chronic user may find it difficulty maintaining employment.
  • Extreme mood swings. They may seem vibrant and chatty as if they are feeling on top of the world. And as the drug wears off they may become hostile, surely, uninterested in engaging in conversation, depressed and isolative.
  • Physical changes. Loss of weight, frequent nose bleeds, severe bowel gangrene and a lost sense of smell.
  • Mental health symptoms. Irritability and fatigue. Long term effects can be paranoia, anxiety and depression.
  • The user will often lie and not come home, loosing track of time due to keeping strange hours of sleep.

A serious problem that cocaine users frequently run into is combining the drug with alcohol or other sedatives. Since cocaine is a stimulant the effects of alcohol and depressants are not felt as much. In fact cocaine and alcohol consumed together form a chemical called coca ethylene. This has been responsible for many overdoses.

The staff at Embrace Recovery are experienced in helping the cocaine user/addict move through these psychological changes that take place during the brain’s healing. The most common one we deal with is anhedonia, or lack of pleasure. We find that our family type atmosphere help them feel safe during this process of change. Again, the earlier the treatment happens the easier it is to heal.

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