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How is Cocaine Addiction Diagnosed?
To determine whether or not a patient has an addiction to cocaine, a doctor will look for indications that the patient is using cocaine, as well as a pattern of use that suggests dependency. Diagnostic steps can include:
- Blood and laboratory tests. These tests will look for indications that the patient is using cocaine. They will also look for conditions that may be caused by cocaine use, such as high blood pressure, high heart rate, and chest pain.
- Medical and psychological history. The doctor will determine whether the patient has a history of substance abuse or mental illness. The doctor will also ask the patient directly about the frequency and intensity of cocaine use or the presence of withdrawal symptoms.
- Family history. The doctor will look for evidence of abuse of cocaine or other drugs among the patient’s family members.
- Imaging and further exams. The doctor may also order exams to determine if the patient has other health problems associated with long-term cocaine use.
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