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Cocaine Abuse Causes and Risk Factors
Although there is no one single cause of cocaine addition, addictive disease is generally believed to be the result of a combination of genetic background and environmental risk factors. Those from high-risk family environments are particularly susceptible to the development of addictive disease, and they need to be aware of this information during their preadolescent period. However, the presence of an addict in the family does not mean that a person can be certain to become an addict.
What Are the Warning Signs of Cocaine Abuse?
Warning signs that people may be abusing cocaine include changes in their mood, behavior, and functioning. Warning signs that pertain to mood may include rapid changes in mood, from elation to deep depression and even suicidal or homicidal thoughts. The person who abuses cocaine may exhibit excessive anger, particularly when confronted about their drug use or associated behaviors. Their personality may seem to change as well. Behavioral warning signs of cocaine abuse may be a drastic change in friends, stealing, and manipulation of others. The individual's physical appearance may become compromised due to a deterioration of personal hygiene. Functional warning signs of cocaine abuse include low motivation, failing to meet obligations at home, school or work, as well as withdrawal from loved ones.
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