ANXIETY is a feeling that real or imagined danger is about to happen; feelings of powerlessness accompanied by increased heart rate, increased breathing, sweating, trembling, weakness. Both excess caffeine and excess sugar can increase anxiety and insomnia.
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PARANOIA is a thought or a feeling of being disliked (at the extreme, hated) by other people; that they are thinking or saying bad things about you; or that you are about to be harmed by others. When paranoia worsens, you fully believe in the threat of harm and act as if you are about to be harmed.
HALLUCINATIONS - seeing or hearing or smelling or feeling things that are not real.
INSOMNIA - any form of disturbed sleep, especially waking up too early in the morning; dreams about drinking are also common in both first and second stage withdrawal from alcohol.
MOOD SWINGS - feeling very happy, and then very sad. These 'swings' are often related to low and high blood sugar levels and sugar cravings (because alcohol has a high sugar content).
NUMBNESS - the feeling of a hand or a foot falling asleep from lying on it for too long. These sensations can occur anywhere on the body.
ANHEDONIA - difficulty experiencing pleasure, caused by the gradual depletion of dopamine from the brain due to continued use of cocaine. After a woman stops using coke, the brain gradually builds up dopamine stores again so that she can experience pleasure normally. THIS CAN BE VERY DISCOURAGING FOR A RECOVERING COKE ADDICT, and her family!
DRUG 'HUNGER' - an involuntary craving for cocaine that can be accompanied by images such as seeing or feeling imaginary others, objects or sensations as if they are real. The hunger is often accompanied by strong images of cocaine, and can include cocaine dreams. It can also be 'triggered' by things like: mood swings; something in your surroundings that reminds you of using; and sudden changes in body temperature.
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