Cocaine & Anxiety Treatment

Dual Diagnosis treatment exists for cocaine and anxiety disorders as well as cocaine abuse and depression. Cocaine has such a drastic, sudden and lasting effect on the chemistry of the brain, so it’s common for cocaine abuse to develop into mood disorders and possible even lasting mental illness.

Excel Behavioral Health is a dual diagnosis treatment center than focuses helping addicts detox cocaine as well as rehabilitate themselves back into society. This requires an approach that is both aimed at the addiction and at the mental disorders associated with cocaine.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Cocaine and Anxiety Disorders

The link or comorbidity of cocaine and mental illness is well documented, especially for crack cocaine users.

Both the addiction and the mental disorder must be treated. When a patient arrives, the most important step is to safely detox from cocaine before treatment begins.

Cocaine and anxiety treatment at Excel includes:

  • Medically supervised detox from cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Cocaine rehab and mental disorder treatment
  • Individual and group counselling
  • Inpatient and Outpatient rehab
  • Sober living homes

Treatment begins as soon as you enter our addiction treatment facility.

Emotional Effects of Abusing Cocaine

Psychosis and severe paranoia are some of the more severe side effects of cocaine abuse. Even a short cocaine binge can cause feelings of psychosis. Cocaine and anxiety are closely linked.

After a long period of cocaine use, the addict will also develop symptoms of depression. When cocaine or crack cocaine is ingested, it will immediately release dopamine, making users feel good. Prolonged use of cocaine will inhabit the bodies natural ability to produce dopamine, and users will eventually feel devastatingly depressed and suicidal [1].

Physical Effects of Cocaine

The immediate affects of cocaine are euphoria, increased heart rate and numbness of nose and throat. The increased heart rate, erratic thoughts, and rise in body temperature are also symptoms common with anxiety, creating a physical link between the physical and mental symptoms of cocaine use, strengthening the connection between cocaine and anxiety.

This feeling is like our “fight or flight” response, an emotion trigger for panic.

Dopamine is released in the user’s brain making the addict feel pleasure.

Long Term Effects of Cocaine Abuse

  • Acute Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Weight Loss

Cocaine is a stimulant and can cause depression long term, even if just temporarily. Using too much cocaine can cause death. Cocaine affects the pleasure centers of the user’s brain and for the reason it can be devastating.

Signs of Mood Disorders and Cocaine

Prolonged use of cocaine can have a lasting effect on mental health. Because of the power of the drug, it may not take long for

  • Extreme mood swings.
  • Lack of sleep.
  • Suicidal thoughts and walking depression.
  • Long terms sexual disfunction.

Seek help at Excel Behavioral Health.

Sources:

[1]: Drug Abuse.gov – How does cocaine produce its effects?

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