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Cocaine Abuse (cont.)

Signs of Cocaine Addiction

As with addiction to any substance, the diagnosis of cocaine addiction involves a pattern of drug use that results in negative effects on the person's life socially, educationally, or occupationally. The cocaine addict will exhibit several of a number of possible symptoms, including a need to use more cocaine to feel the desired effect, withdrawal symptoms when the effects of the drug wear off, using more cocaine over time, and trouble abstaining from use of the substance. The cocaine addict may also give up important educational, occupational, or leisure activities because of cocaine use, and they may continue to use cocaine despite knowing that its use has had a significant role in their developing a specific physical or psychological problem.

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