Cocaine addiction and overdose – warning signs


Sometimes known as the rich man’s drug, due to its high cost and its popularity amongst high powered businessmen and celebrities, cocaine is a highly addictive substance. A white powder, usually administered by sniffing into the nostrils, it delivers an immediate high.

The initial euphoria and seemingly inexhaustible energy experienced with its usage lead many to become addicted to this drug in a fairly short time. It can seriously harm the individual physically, mentally and emotionally, leading to relationship collapses and financial and work performance issues.

Understanding some of the tell-tale signs of its usage and of an overdose can save an individual, a family, a business or indeed a life! We look at three aspects of this – the physical symptoms, behavioural symptoms and finally signs that an overdose has occurred.

Physical symptoms

These are typical tell-tale signs, not necessarily associated with cocaine addiction, but if a few of these are observed there is a good chance that cocaine is at the bottom of it…

  • Dilated pupils
  • Depression
  • Inability to sleep properly
  • Runny nose or frequent sniffles
  • White powder around the nostrils – a giveaway symptom for cocaine addiction
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Legal issues
  • Missing or being late to work
  • Financial problems
  • Increased libido

Behavioural symptoms

The behaviour of someone addicted to cocaine is also likely to significantly change – tell-tale signs to look out for are…

  • Overconfidence
  • Constant fidgeting
  • Over-excitement
  • Becoming violent or aggressive
  • Mood swings
  • Very talkative and excitable
  • Panic attacks

Symptoms of an overdose

Tragically if early symptoms are not recognised, and no form of effective rehabilitation entered into, the result can ultimately be a cocaine overdose resulting in anything from great discomfort to even a heart attack or stroke.

The signs that an overdose has occurred are…

  • High blood pressure
  • The shakes
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Disorientation
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Blurred vision
  • Hallucinations or seizures
  •  Worst case scenario – ultimately a stroke or heart attack – which can be fatal!

Get professional care  

The Transformation Life Centre (TRE) in Sandton – one of Johannesburg’s affluent suburbs, is an establishment that through faith-based tried and tested rehabilitation techniques can fully restore substance abuse and alcohol addiction sufferers to a normal life, permanently free of their addiction.

Contact us to learn more about all you need to know with regard to any drug or alcohol issue and to learn more about our facilities and excellent in and out-patient programs. Be aware – and be safe!

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