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How to Spot a Cocaine Addict

Cocaine Abuse Signs

Spotting a cocaine addict is not always easy, as most will do what they can to hide their addiction. However, there is only so much you can do to hide an addiction to such a powerful drug, and as the addiction escalates, it becomes harder and harder to keep the signs from showing.

If you are worried that someone you know is addicted to cocaine, it can be helpful to know what to look for before you jump to any conclusions. When the following signs keep showing up, there is a good chance you have an addict on your hands.

Signs of a cocaine addiction

Erratic behavior

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant, and the more frequently it is used, the more it disrupts a person’s behavior. Addicts typically have extreme highs and lows. They are high immediately after using, and quickly become depressed and irritable as the drug wears off.

Nasal irritation and residue

An addict will typically snort the drug up the nose. Look for white powder residue, and listen for constant sniffing as he or she tries to fight the runny nose that comes from use. Long-term addicts will often experience a thinning of the septum – the part of the nose separating the nostrils.

Small zip-lock bags with white residue

Cocaine usually comes in little plastic bags, and will leave a white powdery residue along the inside.

Straws, rolled up bills

Most cocaine users snort the drug using small tubes, either made out of cut up straws, dollar bills or other items.

Cards with powder on them

Users typically have to break up the cocaine they purchase to make it easier to snort. Often plastic cards, such as credit cards, are used for this purpose, as well as to create lines to facilitate snorting.

Constant trips to the restroom

Cocaine only lasts around 15 minutes to half an hour, so addicts must re-dose constantly. Usually this requires a trip to the restroom.

Addiction can be treated

If you observe these signs in a loved one, you should know that addictions like this can be treated. It requires commitment and hard work, but it can be done. has helped numerous cocaine addicts and their loved ones find the right treatment to combat their addiction. Treatment is a very individualized process, and what works for one person may not work for another. Let us help you find the treatment that will work best for you.

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