Someone who has been dependent on cocaine for a long time or who has taken a large amount of cocaine may show other signs of addiction too. The drug has a number of short and long term effects on the body and health.
These may include:
Damage to the nose’s septum (the cartilage that separates the nostrils). This can be completely destroyed by too much cocaine use.
In pregnancy, cocaine use can lead to premature labour, low birth weight, cause other damage to the baby or even miscarriage (this can be the case whether the users is addicted or not).
Breathing problems and pains in the chest may arise from repeated smoking of crack cocaine.
Some people inject cocaine and this can cause damaged veins, ulcers or gangrene (where body tissue dies due to lack of blood circulation).
Mental health may be very poor showing as depression, anxiety or paranoia.
Isolation from family and friends
Continuing to use even if cocaine use has caused a serious problem such as the loss of a driving licence or job
Use of crack cocaine may indicate higher chances of dependence. Crack cocaine, which is usually smoked, is likely to be even more addictive. It is often cheaper than powder forms of cocaine.
Signs of cocaine use
While cocaine is highly addictive, not everyone who uses it will be addicted.
Signs of cocaine abuse or use, but not necessarily addiction, may include:
an excitable and hyperactive or particularly anxious and panicky demeanour
white powder around the nose
disappearing regularly to a private place (such as the bathroom)
loss of weight (due to the appetite suppressing quality cocaine can have)
paranoia or over confidence
being super chatty, agitated or restless
heightened sex drive
reduced awareness of consequences
If you’re worried about your own cocaine use or that of someone else or need help to stop, we’re here for you. We provide treatment and rehab for cocaine users.