One of the most commonly abused drugs is cocaine. A cocaine addiction may not be apparent at first glance, but there are recognizable signs that you can be on the lookout for. Significant weight loss is common due the cocaine’s ability to suppress a person’s appetite. Because cocaine is commonly snorted through the nose, frequent nosebleeds may occur. Mood swings may be rapid due to the effect that cocaine has on the brain. The brain will release chemicals such as dopamine which controls the brain’s center for behavior. When a user goes through cocaine withdrawal, he or she may experience a drop in emotion causing depression and possible suicidal thoughts.

While cocaine abuse can develop into a severe addiction, plenty of treatment options are available for those who wish to take advantage of them. If you suspect somebody you know is addicted to cocaine, your first impulse may be to attack them. However, avoid direct confrontation and accusations. Rather, build up conversation in addressing the issue. Explain your concerns and let the person know that they have options. The fact that you want to curb the issue before it becomes a serious problem does not mean that the abuser is willing to take your advice.

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