Cocaine is one of the most heavily used and trafficked illicit drugs in the world, only coming second to marijuana. When compared to “hard” drugs such as meth and heroin, it’s seen as more of a recreational substance that is heavily used in the nightlife scene.  Users describe a sense of euphoria upon taking the drug that is caused by its effects on the limbic system; it increases pleasure and motivation to use cocaine again. Over time, persistent use can cause damage to nerve structures, increasing the likelihood of addiction. Listed below are signs to look out for if you suspect someone is experiencing cocaine addiction.

Changes in Behavior

One of those first things to keep an eye out for is a change in their usual behavior. Typical cocaine users experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Increased energy
  • Risky behaviors
  • Increased secrecy
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Lack of personal hygiene

Emotional Disconnect

The National Institute for Drug Abuse states that regular users of cocaine may experience slower reaction times. Someone who is addicted to cocaine may seem more withdrawn than normal. Thanks to the way that cocaine affects the brain, you might notice that their emotional intelligence and perceptions of the world around them seem dulled.

Nosebleeds and Runny Noses

Frequent nosebleeds may be one of the most obvious signs to pinpoint. Cocaine is most commonly used by inhaling it through the nose and over time this will irritate the linings of the nasal passage, causing nosebleeds. You might also notice them sniffling, another side effect of the irritation caused by heavy usage.

Money Troubles

Financial distress is one of the biggest red flag of substance abuse. Much like other addictions, cocaine can become an expensive habit to maintain. People who become deeply addicted often ending up stealing or selling belongings of their family.


If you are concerned that a loved one is abusing and addicted to cocaine, Asana Recovery offers multiple treatment options. At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addiction and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.

The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery, and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.