Is My Spouse Addicted to Cocaine?
Addicts often become talented at hiding their addictions from their loved ones. Cocaine is a powerful drug, though, and there are ways of determining whether or not someone you love is abusing it and already addicted to it.
Behavioral Signs of Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine causes a person to exhibit high energy and alertness as well as talkativeness, restlessness, and confidence. In addition, a person who is high on cocaine is also likely to experience paranoia, anxiety, and irritability.
One of the strongest behavioral signs of addiction as opposed to someone who is abusing cocaine less often is participation in the binge-crash cycle. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this means “taking the drug repeatedly within a relatively short period of time, at increasingly higher doses.” The individual will then crash after the effects of the drug finally wear off, leading to prolonged sleeping, depression, and lethargy. When you begin to notice the pattern in your loved one’s behavior, it is likely they are abusing cocaine often and in a way that is indicative of addiction.
Addicts also experience problems in their lives based on their drug abuse. Therefore, if your spouse:
- Lost their job
- Got arrested
- Started having serious relationship problems with you or others
- Lost their financial stability
or experienced another severe life problem in the past year or so, this could be another strong behavioral sign of their addiction to cocaine. It is likely that your spouse will become angry or hostile if you attempt to discuss the issue with them, especially if they have been keeping their drug abuse from you for a long time.
Physical Signs of Cocaine Addiction
According to the NIDA, “Different routes of cocaine administration can produce different adverse effects.” For example, a person who snorts cocaine regularly may experience loss of smell, nosebleeds, problems swallowing, and an “overall irritation of their nasal septum. Bowel gangrene can be a possible physical side effect of ingesting cocaine, and those who inject the drug are likely to have track marks on their bodies and experience regular allergic reactions.
Severe, consistent headaches are another common physical sign of cocaine addiction, as well as seizures, heart problems, reproductive damage, sexual dysfunction, and weight loss that leads to malnourishment. While your spouse may attempt to downplay these issues in order to continue hiding their addiction, it is important to realize that several of these effects existing together is a strong sign that your loved one is an addict.
How Can I Find Out for Sure if My Spouse is a Cocaine Addict?
There are certain things you can do to strengthen your assurance of this possibility:
- Search your home––especially in places you don’t normally look––for cocaine paraphernalia, including things with hidden compartments, bags or vials, needles, ties, etc.
- Consider your spouse’s behavior and physical state. Do they show signs of a binge-crash cycle? Are they malnourished?
- Ask someone close to you if they have seen any signs that point to addiction in your spouse.
In time, you will need to discuss the issue with your significant other and help them find treatment. If you have questions about cocaine addiction or want to find a rehab center in your area, call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?).