Cocaine is an extremely potent, addictive and dangerous drug substance. Used primarily for its stimulating effects, cocaine produces a highly desirable euphoria that drives many individuals into its repeated use, abuse and addiction. And regardless of what the cocaine user himself may believe, this affects everyone around him.
While there is no drug substance that a parent feels “comfortable” with their child using, learning that their child is using a hard drug like cocaine can be especially scary for parents to cope with. Fortunately, the fact that cocaine use may be occurring isn’t automatically a death sentence. If one can ascertain that cocaine use is occurring, they can take decisive action to put an end to it.
Determining Whether Cocaine Use is Occurring
In order to determine whether your son or daughter is using cocaine, one should first check for the following signs of cocaine use:
● Constantly dilated pupils. As a central nervous system stimulant, cocaine causes an abnormal and persistent dilation of the pupils, even when the surrounding light conditions clearly don’t warrant it.
● Restlessness. A central nervous system stimulant like cocaine speeds up organ and system functioning and also gives the individual a surge of energy that can last for quite some time. If you child seems very restless on a regular basis, you may want to watch them closely for other signs of cocaine use.
● Twitching. A sort of uncontrolled twitching motion can be another sign of cocaine use, as it also indicates an over-stimulated body.
● Constant sniffing. Most cocaine users choose to snort the drug, which can cause it to coat membranes from the nose down to the throat. When cocaine then drips from these membranes, the individual will sniff to clear it away. If your child seems to always be sniffing without a cold or allergies to explain it, it is possible they are using cocaine.
● Cocaine paraphernalia. Cocaine users use short straws, rolled up gum wrappers or dollar bills, small baggies and vials, razorblades, mirrors or CD cases, crack pipes and syringes. If you find several or all of these things in your child’s possession, there is a high likelihood that they are using cocaine.
● Physical changes like increased energy, increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased alertness and wakefulness, paranoia, fear, euphoria, numbness and other unusual changes. These sorts of changes can occur with any sort of drug use, and especially with cocaine.
● Withdrawal symptoms like irritability, restlessness, increased appetite, sleeping for extended periods of time, depression and anxiety. Any drug use will cause the individual to experience withdrawal symptoms when that drug is not in their body.
What to Do
If you determine that your son or daughter is using cocaine, you may feel that you should take immediate action, and you’re absolutely right. However, what action you take immediately can have an enormous impact on the outcome, so it’s important to take the right action. This begins with fully educating yourself in the truth about cocaine, including what it is, how dangerous it is, the short and long-term effects of its use, and how cocaine use, abuse and addiction can be fully and permanently resolved. Then, once you are sufficiently educated in the truth about cocaine, you should find a rehabilitation treatment facility that is experienced in resolving cocaine abuse and addiction problems, and call to speak with an addiction specialist. The more you understand every step of the recovery process, the more prepared you are to support your child throughout the process.
Finally, you should sit down and talk with your child about their cocaine use. You need to impress upon them that you are interested and concerned, without causing them to feel that you are angry, as this will usually push them to withdraw and hide their drug use from you. If you can help your child to recognize that their cocaine use is causing them problems in their life and get them to admit that they would like to stop, you have taken a big step in the right direction. The most important thing is to remain gently but firmly persistent in letting them know that while their continued cocaine use will not be tolerated, they will be fully supported on their journey to full recovery.