Drug Addiction

Signs of Cocaine Use

Do you suspect someone of cocaine use or abuse?  Maybe you aren’t sure what is occurring with someone you know or love and would like to figure out exactly what’s going on and what you should be looking for. Most drugs will affect different people in similar ways. There are definite signs of cocaine use that may indicate usage.

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has extremely potent euphoric effects on an individual and individuals who take cocaine can develop an addiction to cocaine after using the drug for a very short period of time and even their first time. Cocaine is considered a crystalline, granular, or powder substance, having a saline, slightly bitter taste that numbs the tongue and lips. It heightens alertness, inhibits appetite and the need for sleep, and provides intense feelings of pleasure for most individuals. Some users find that the drug helps them to perform simple physical and intellectual tasks more quickly, while others can experience the opposite effect of cocaine use. It is prepared from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which grows primarily in Peru and Bolivia.

The effects that cocaine provides are immediate, extremely pleasurable for a person, and brief. Cocaine produces intense but short-lived euphoria and can make users feel more energetic for periods of time. Similar to caffeine, cocaine can produce wakefulness and can reduce hunger. Psychological effects include feelings of well-being and a grandiose sense of power and ability mixed with anxiety and restlessness. As the drug wears off, these temporary sensations of mastery can be replaced by an intense depression, and the drug abuser will then "crash", becoming lethargic and typically sleeping for several days at a time.

As with any drug and any individual, indicators may vary slightly from one person to another. Some of the physical signs of cocaine use are bloodshot eyes, rapid weight loss, dilated pupils, nosebleeds, perspiration, vomiting, nausea, runny nose, susceptibility to illness, or increased temperature. This is just to name the most common and just to name a few.

Some of the emotional signs of cocaine use are talking rapidly, paranoia, hallucinations, increased time away from family, strained relationships, erratic behavior, change in eating patterns, sleeping patterns, groups of friends, depression, irritability or for youth grades dropping, or missing school.


Some of the withdrawal signs of cocaine use are increased appetite, fatigue, and depressed mood, vivid or unpleasant dreams, slowing of activity, restless behavior, or intense craving for cocaine.


Get educated on the signs of cocaine use so that you can help yourself or your loved one get on the road to recovery for a lifetime. Cocaine addiction can be overcome and we can help find a solution to the problems that it is causing in your life.