Cocaine is a highly addictive drug and users can experience powerful withdrawal symptoms. If a friend, colleague or family member is showing three or more of the following signs, it may mean they have a substance misuse problem and need professional help or support.

1, Paranoia

Often associated with cannabis, paranoia is also a symptom of cocaine withdrawal. Users may feel that other people are out to get them or have other fears which seem irrational.

2, Depression

Cocaine activates the brain’s pleasure centres and makes users feel happy and euphoric. However, when people become addicted to cocaine, they start to rely on the drug to feel normal. This means that people can experience feelings of depression and even suicidal thoughts when they stop taking the drug. This is one of the reasons why it is important that people attempting to give up drugs get professional help to assist them through their rehabilitation.

3, Lethargy

Between eight hours and four days after taking cocaine, users can feel extremely sleepy, tired and lethargic. This can be dangerous, particularly in the workplace, and is one reason why employers need to be aware if one of their staff members is addicted to cocaine. Workplace drug testing can help companies identify substance misuse problems and can be carried out either at random or if concerns are raised about a particular employee.

4, Problems with motor function

After someone has used cocaine, they can experience problems with twitching. They may appear restless and in some cases, they can seem uncoordinated and their reactions may slow down. They may struggle to perform tasks and it may be very risky for them to drive or undertake dangerous work. Some companies have brought in drug testing policies to try and reduce the risk of workplace accidents caused by staff who are under the influence of illegal substances or suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

5, An increase in appetite

Cocaine is a stimulant and suppresses appetite. This means that addicts will often eat in extreme amounts once the drug has left their system and their appetite has come back. This in itself, isn’t dangerous but may be a warning sign that someone has a substance misuse problem.

6, Difficulty speaking

Cocaine withdrawal slows down mental function and users may find it challenging to speak clearly. Their speech may be slurred and they may struggle to express themselves coherently or focus on what is going on.

7, Reliance on painkillers

If someone you know is taking a lot of painkillers on a regular basis, this can be a warning sign. Of course, they may have other medical problems you are not aware of but addicts will often use painkillers to control the sickness, shaking and muscle pain which comes as they withdraw from drugs.