How to Know Someone is Using Cocaine

How to Know Someone is Using Cocaine

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Using Cocaine – Many Names

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that has euphoric effects. It is so powerful that a single, first time use can lead to addiction. But it is also loved by those who party. Cocaine wasn’t always considered dangerous as it was used as an anesthetic and even an ingredient in Coca-Cola for a time. It was something that could be enjoyed by those that could afford it, but as the properties became better understood, cocaine because something to be avoided. Unfortunately, by the time cocaine’s effects were known, those who used it were already addicted. Cocaine is still a popular party drug and street drug. If you think someone is buying, using, or selling cocaine then seek help, but this guide will help you learn to recognize the signs.

As with many drugs, cocaine goes by many names. Since cocaine can also be used in different ways it is further delineated. Cocaine, or coke, that is snorted comes in street names like:

  • Snow
  • Blow
  • White
  • Base
  • Flake
  • Pearl
  • Dust
  • Big Rush
  • Bump
  • Line
  • Yeyo
  • Rail

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Crack Cocaine Names

As if these names were enough, crack cocaine, the type of cocaine rocks that can be smoked and derive their name from the sound made when burning, have their own slang names. These include:

  • Black Rock
  • Candy
  • Nuggets
  • Jelly Beans
  • Purple Caps
  • Scrabble
  • Sleet
  • Dice
  • Gravel
  • Chemical

It gets better because cocaine is often mixed with other drugs to create stronger effects. Cocaine mixtures are much more dangerous than pure cocaine, but just as addictive. Names for cocaine that has been mixed with other things like heroin, amphetamines, and more include:

  • Speedball
  • Woolies
  • Flamethrowers
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Woo-Woo

If your loved one is using these terms it may be a sign of use. In the least, it is a sign that your loved one is aware of the culture surrounding cocaine use. Even if the person is not using, they are researching or around others using this terminology. It can be a sign of what is to come or what is already happening.

How to Know – Short Term Signs

Maybe you have concerns and suspicions that your loved one is using cocaine. Although simply knowing the terminology can be a sign, it may just be coincidence as many of the names are commonly known and can even be heard on television, but there are other signs. The worst part is that even though cocaine is short acting, it is so powerful that a person’s health can be affected in the short and long term. If you have concerns then knowing what to look for can help. This is especially true if you are a parent who has a teen that may be using. Look for the following short-term signs of use.

  • Headaches (with or without dizziness)
  • Enlarged pupils (often it seems the eyes are mostly black)
  • Anxiety, irritability, restlessness, panic, and/or paranoia
  • Aggressiveness or erratic behavior (may quickly jump from one mood to the other)
  • Increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure with constricted blood vessels (lasts even after the high is gone)
  • Twitching, tremors, possible seizures
  • Coma or death (even with the first use)

Long Term Signs

As if the short-term effects are not enough, and most may be seen with the use of other drugs as well, there are also long-term effects that can damage the body irreversibly. These are seen with all forms of cocaine use, whether it is smoked, snorted, or injected. Long term effects include symptoms like:

  • Tissue death (when consumed by mouth)
  • Sleep deprivation (can cause paranoia or even body system shut down)
  • Decreased appetite leading to weight loss, malnourishment, and dehydration
  • Abscess, sepsis, diseases, allergic reactions (most often when injected)
  • Nosebleeds, septum perforation, runny nose, difficulty swallowing (When snorted)

Long term use can be deadly, but so can a single use, especially when the cocaine is impure. Not that pure cocaine is safe, but not knowing what you are putting in your body makes the risk much higher.

Getting Help

If you or a loved one has a problem with cocaine, then seek professional help. Cocaine can cause long term effects rather quickly so getting help as early as possible is always best. A top option for rehab is the in-patient facility know as The River in Thailand. Known as Asia’s most luxurious rehab facility, The River is a place where people from all walks of life gather to deal with addiction of all types. For those who want a life that is free from addiction, a new start, The River is the ideal starting place. The organically designed facility is grounded in nature so each visitor can get back to basics in a clean, elegant environment with all the amenities. Such a serene place offers each person a chance to focus all their energies on physical and emotional health.


This will be necessary if you or your loved one has been using cocaine as withdrawal from coke in any form can be intense. Withdrawal symptoms may not be the same for everyone, but everyone will have some effects as the drug leaves their system. These may include signs such as:

  • Cravings
  • Excessive tiredness but trouble sleeping with nightmares
  • Depression with or without suicidal thoughts
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Increased appetite
  • Slowed psychomotor functioning

The River can help your loved one through the detox process in an environment in which needs are met while healing occurs. The kitchen provides a wide variety of healthy menu items that is prepared with the best local organic produce to help the body heal. Evidenced based practices and treatment methods are then paired with physical wellness to provide mental wellness to teach clients how to live life more fully. The signature 12 week program is the most prominent, but a 4 week program to get sober also exists for those who need a bit of a boost. Ultimately, you must choose your own pathway to healing, but The River would like to help you as you take each new step.