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Common Signs of Cocaine Abuse

Man dealing with side effects of cocaine

Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant. Its effects include increased alertness, feelings of euphoria, increased energy and stamina, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and constricted blood vessels. It is most often used recreationally, meaning people use it to experience its euphoric effects. However, it is also highly addictive. For some, it becomes more than recreation.

Cocaine addiction is a serious problem because it is highly addictive. People who abuse cocaine can develop a tolerance to the drug, meaning they need more and more of it to achieve the desired effects. At Footprints Beachside Recovery, our tightly-focused approach to rehabilitation means each client gets the care they need. Call us today at 727-954-3908 for questions about what cocaine addiction looks like, the steps to take from there, and options for a cocaine rehab in Florida.

How to Spot Cocaine Abuse

Addiction to any substance alters the brain’s chemistry, and cocaine is no different. Studies have shown that cocaine abuse can cause brain changes similar to those seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

These changes can cause trouble with decision-making, impulse control, and multitasking ability. They can also lead to memory problems, which is one reason why addicts often have trouble recalling things that happened while they were using.

The easiest way to identify cocaine abuse is to be aware that someone is using cocaine. Here are some behavioral signs that may help you identify cocaine use:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Nosebleeds (from sniffing powdered cocaine)
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased energy, talkativeness, and agitation
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Nervousness and paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive or violent behavior

Signs someone’s addiction is out of control include:

  • Spending large amounts of money on cocaine
  • Stealing to get money to buy cocaine
  • Selling drugs to get money to buy cocaine
  • Losing interest in work, school, or hobbies
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Engaging in risky behaviors, such as driving while under the influence of cocaine
  • Problems with the law, such as being arrested for possession or selling cocaine
  • Experiencing financial difficulties
  • Health problems, such as weight loss, nosebleeds, and respiratory problems

If you or a loved one is exhibiting any of these signs, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible. Cocaine addiction is a serious problem that requires treatment by a qualified rehab facility.

At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we offer various treatment options for cocaine addiction, including intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization. We also offer a wide range of therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and individual counseling.

Help for Cocaine Abuse at Footprints Beachside Recovery

At Footprints Beachside Recovery, our treatment is on a small scale compared to other rehab centers because we believe in a truly personalized approach. Each client has a different life story and a series of events that led them to substance abuse in the first place. We want to treat both ends of the problem through the medical detox process and by addressing mental and bodily health.

We are a family-run Florida addiction treatment center that only treats 15 clients at a time. This means you get personalized, one-on-one treatment and better care than at a larger facility. There’s no cookie-cutter treatment here. At our treatment center, your therapy regimen is catered to your specific addiction, mental health state, triggers, motivations, and interests.

There’s almost always something lurking beneath the surface, influencing your substance use disorder. It may be undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues, trauma from childhood or adulthood, chronic pain, grief, or anything else. Our highly-trained staff will help you unpack these issues and work through them in a safe, nurturing environment.

Use our online form or call us at 727-954-3908 today to learn more about how our Florida-based cocaine treatment center works.

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