Whenever a person abuses drugs, alcohol or even medications on a regular basis, they will begin to change the way they interact or behave with others. Family, friends and co-workers will quickly begin to see noticeable differences in the individual, but may not understand what is going on. Often loved ones will immediately deny there is a potential addiction and instead blame the behavioral issues on stress or lack of sleep.
In the case of cocaine or crack addiction, rehab treatment is important for long term sobriety and healing. However, before encouraging a loved one to go to a cocaine rehab in Thailand or elsewhere, you must be able to identify the signs of cocaine or crack abuse. Through this, you can better understand the risks of the active cocaine addiction and provide them with guidance and support they may need to begin a detox and recovery program.
Cocaine, crack, snow, blow; all are common names of this illegal and potent drug. The substance causes an intense euphoric like high followed by a come down that can induce relaxation and then exhaustion. Cocaine abuse and addiction has some unique symptoms which can be easily identified if you know what to look for.
Dilated Pupils: Cocaine high lasts about 15 – 30 minutes; however, those who are smaller (body size) or younger may be effected for a longer period of time. Throughout the high, the pupils may become extremely dilated. This means the black part of the eye will appear very large. Keep in mind, dilated pupils are a tell tale sign of several drugs so may not automatically mean cocaine is the culprit.
Excessive Amounts of Energy and Joy: When trying to spot a cocaine addiction, the physical way a person behaves is often a clear giveaway. In the case of cocaine or crack, the individual may seem happier than “usual”. If you ask them why they are so giddy, they may not have an answer or just shrug and laugh it off. Throughout this euphoric time, they may appear very speedy and be unable to keep still. This hyperactivity will also be noticeable in the voice in that talking may be exceedingly fast. It’s not uncommon for someone who has been addicted to coke for a long period of time to be able to slow down or change the tone of his or her voice.
Constantly Going “Somewhere”: The cocaine and crack high is short lived. It’s rare for any user to do just one “line”; normally users and abusers will binge on cocaine for the entire night, weekend or every day. This means they will constantly need to top up or refuel. Going to the bathroom frequently or escaping to a secluded area for a few minutes at a time is a probable sign of cocaine use.
Mood Swings: With a cocaine or crack addiction, there are psychological highs and lows. When the user is snorting or smoking the drug, they may appear erratic and jumpy. During the comedown, this changes dramatically. They may have a hard time putting sentences together or thinking clearly. They may be irritable, moody and restless. The extreme shift in the mood is one of the most obvious non-physical signs of cocaine abuse.
Powdery Residue and Paraphernalia: When cocaine is used, it will leave traces of powder on any associated paraphernalia. This may look like a light dusting of sugar, laundry powder or baking soda. An even bigger giveaway would be mirrors or trays which the drug is snorted on, straws or metal like tubes to snort the drug and razors or bank cards to crush the cocaine. In the case of crack, glass pipes, foil, spoons, lighters or matches may be seen. You may also find small pieces of paper folded in the shape of an envelope or little baggies which the substance came in.
Financial Troubles: Finally, when an individual is heavily abusing crack or cocaine they will eventually run into financial troubles (unless money is no object). Both of these drugs are a very expensive habit. With regular use, loved ones may notice the user is late on paying necessary bills like rent, food, insurance, petrol and school. They may start to ask you or others for to borrow money promising to pay it back, but often it doesn’t happen. In worse situations, and without going to a drug and alcohol treatment center, the user may result to illegal activity to fund their habit.
Thailand is a growing destination for people with addictions. Rehabs like Serenity Chiang Rai open their doors to addicts of cocaine, crack and other substances. As a private rehab in Thailand, there is no government reporting ensuring an addicts’ privacy is respected to the fullest. Treatment programs for cocaine are tailored to the individual; they will include an eclectic range of holistic and traditional therapies which will help to heal the body and mind. This 365 degree view of treatment will ultimately lead to long term sobriety and pure happiness.
If you or someone you know has an addiction to cocaine and would like to join a treatment program, please contact us today to find out how our Thailand rehab can be of assistance.