Signs of Cocaine Abuse
Potential, observable signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse include the following:
- Inappropriate anger
- Impaired judgment
- Inability to sleep
- Hypersensitivity to sight, sound, touch
- Dilated pupils
- Gastrointestinal complications, including abdominal pain and nausea
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Muscular weakness
- Increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Cardiovascular events, including arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest, and stroke
- Neurological effects, including headache, tremor, seizures, and coma
Bursts of energy followed by “crashes” that include depression, anxiety, irritability, and other negative emotions are also part of cocaine abuse, especially when they occur together with the other symptoms.
When coming down from a cocaine high, some users may experience suicidal thoughts or exhibit suicidal behaviors.
Cocaine Detox Symptoms
During cocaine detoxification, someone may experience the following:
- Strong cocaine cravings
- Exhaustion and lethargy
- Slowed movements and thoughts
- Impaired memory
- Low mood/depression
- Anhedonia (diminished ability to derive pleasure from previously enjoyable activities)
- Poor attention and concentration
- Paranoia and confusion
- Vivid dreams
- Increased appetite
Though acute cocaine withdrawal syndrome may present differently across individuals, many people experience more psychological or emotional issues rather than severe physical symptoms.
Someone who has regularly abused cocaine is at risk of experiencing these uncomfortable and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. But, sometimes, even casual abusers will experience these symptoms as well.