Josh Chandler | April 29, 2021

Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Addiction

Learn to Recognize the Signs of Cocaine Addiction

While every case of cocaine addiction is unique, there are a few common signs to be aware of. Some signs are noticeable outward changes like red eyes, nosebleeds, and suddenly irregular eating and sleeping habits. Other signs are emotional or temperament changes that can not be as easily perceived or pinpointed. Learning how to distinguish the signs of cocaine addiction could save a life.

If you recognize signs of addiction in your loved one, it is vital to avoid being critical or judgmental. Cocaine addiction already leads to isolation and feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. It is often close friends and family that can encourage someone addicted to cocaine to seek therapy at a drug rehab center, but if they already feel pushed away and judged, it will be challenging to serve as a guide to help.

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Symptoms of Cocaine Use

Symptoms of cocaine use can manifest in many ways, including:


  • Eyes: bloodshot eyes, dilated pupils
  • Nose: constantly running nose, frequent sniffing, chronic nosebleeds
  • Change in eating patterns (i.e., decreased appetite)
  • Change in sleeping patterns (i.e., not sleeping)


Cocaine use can cause and heighten feelings of :

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • panic
  • Emotional

Initial cocaine use often results in the user changing their personality to display different traits, including:

  • more outgoing
  • increased optimism
  • more social interaction

However, as the drug leaves the system, the user feels all the opposite emotions — detached, depressed, and even hostile. This crash commonly causes the user to turn to isolation and alcohol to cope.


Any addiction, but especially cocaine addiction, can strain relationships with friends, family, or a significant other. The user develops an inclination towards:

  • secrecy
  • manipulative behavior

When questioned or even without provocation, the user develops a default of aggressive and abusive behavior.


Cocaine addiction is an expensive habit. The determination to secure an uninterrupted supply can quickly drive a person into debt. Simultaneously, the regular use of such a mind-altering and life-altering drug can make it difficult for someone addicted to cocaine to maintain employment. Whether because of debt or unemployment, or both, the user may resort to borrowing, stealing, or lying to friends and family to have enough money to support their addiction.

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

When someone is addicted to cocaine, they can feel cravings as little as 90 minutes after using. If they are not able to take more and satisfy the craving, withdrawal symptoms develop. While withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and opioids are usually physical and external, withdrawal symptoms from cocaine are more often mental and not as easily detectable, such as:

  • Extreme cravings
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Fever

Cocaine Addiction Treatment at Muse in LA

While all drug addiction recovery can be more effective with a dual diagnosis approach, this is especially true with cocaine because of its inevitable and powerful impact on brain function.

Dual diagnosis treatment at Muse Treatment in Los Angeles addresses both the psychological and physical implications of the addiction. The Muse Treatment center provides the resources to understand the root causes of addiction in a personalized way and medicinal assistance to cope with withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes, the pains of withdrawal are the most significant roadblock to recovery. With Muse Treatment, a proper detox can be achieved in a supportive environment, away from triggers, temptations, and unnecessary stresses.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any level of cocaine dependency or addiction, contact Muse Treatment today at (800) 426-1818 to take the first step toward recovery.

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Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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