Find support for Cocaine and Mental Health

Across the world, millions of people continue to require treatment for cocaine addictions and mental health disorders. Although the two disorders often arise separately, in some instances, they are coexisting.

If you regularly consume cocaine and have come to experience a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression, or abuse cocaine to alleviate a mental health disorder, you must secure dual diagnosis treatment.

Left untreated, coexisting cocaine and mental health disorders can be fatal.  Not only do they give way to various physical and psychological illnesses, but they sadly take their toll on an individual’s life and contribute to the number of lives lost to co-occurring disorders.

Understanding Cocaine

A class A drug, cocaine use in the United Kingdom was banned in the 1920s.  Although cocaine use is illegal in the United Kingdom, it is estimated that 2.6% of the Great British population consume cocaine at least once a year.

Consumed orally and intravenously, cocaine is administered in various ways.  As cocaine is a stimulant drug, users report feeling more alert, energised and happy when cocaine is consumed.

However, these sensations are often short-lived and cause many to ‘crash’ as the side effects of the drug wear off.  Unable to cope, increasing amounts of cocaine are required, often leading to cocaine abuse and addictions.

Regrettably, frequent cocaine use can induce physical illnesses such as organ failure, heart problems, seizures, heart attack and stroke.

Cocaine use is also known to cause individuals to experience psychological problems such as insomnia, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, depression and anxiety.

Understanding Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders are extremely common and impair the lives of millions of people worldwide every day.  Depression, for example, is thought to impact 3 in 100 people, while approximately 8.2 million people experience anxiety.

Instead, due to stigmas associated with mental health disorders, thousands of people are believed to self-medicate with drugs such as cocaine rather than seeking professional support.

This is because cocaine, as touched on above, offers a short-lived sense of euphoria.  However, just as frequent cocaine use can cause mental health disorders to arise, administering cocaine to alleviate mental health disorders can induce cocaine addictions.

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Co-Occurring Cocaine and Mental Health Disorders

Unbeknown to many, various studies have highlighted how cocaine addictions increase an individual’s risk of simultaneously struggling with personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and depressive disorders.

In the last ten years, hospital admissions relating to cocaine use and mental health disorders is believed to have tripled.  Data published by the NHS contributes to this, highlighting that more than 96,000 admissions were made for drug-related mental health disorders in the last year alone.

Although using and abusing cocaine does not automatically mean that an individual will develop a co-occurring mental health disorder, research, as noted above, has determined that cocaine use significantly increases the risk of developing a mental health disorder due to the short and long-term side effects repeated drug use has on the brain.

It should also be noted that although cocaine use can increase the likelihood that an individual will develop a mental health disorder, some individuals that have previously been diagnosed with a mental health disorder will turn to cocaine in a bid to alleviate the symptoms they encounter on a daily basis.  However, doing so can cause mental health disorders to intensify and become unbearable.

While many mental health disorders can arise from cocaine use or contribute to whether an individual will abuse cocaine, we have listed the most common co-occurring cocaine and mental health disorders below.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Although cocaine addictions and mental health disorders can be treated separately, when a cocaine addiction and mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and stress coexist, dual diagnosis treatment is the most effective form of treatment.

This is because dual diagnosis treatment ensures that both a cocaine addiction and mental health disorder are treated alongside each other rather than separately.

Sadly, failure to take advantage of dual diagnosis treatment often prevents many from recovering and learning how to manage an addiction and mental health disorder better.  In turn, the risk of relapse significantly increases.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment For Cocaine and Mental Health

If you have become reliant on cocaine and also struggle with a mental health disorder, here at Asana Lodge, we are on hand to ensure that you have access to the dual diagnosis treatment you need.

Offering personalised programmes, our dual diagnosis treatment will be catered to your cocaine and mental health needs.

Below, we have outlined treatments that are commonly combined and incorporated into our dual diagnosis treatment programmes.

As you review the treatments we incorporate into dual diagnosis treatment programmes, we would ask you to bear in mind that although these treatments are widely administered at our cocaine rehab, you will be subject to a clinical assessment upon entering our centre.

This assessment will enable our team of medical and therapy professionals to understand the physical and psychological consequences of your coexisting disorder and recommend suitable treatment based on your personal requirements.

Contact Us Today To Discuss How We Can Support You

Should you find yourself in need of dual diagnosis treatment, we welcome you to attend our residential rehab.  Located in Towcester, we can offer you industry-leading treatments and a safe space to recuperate.

If you would like to find out more about our treatment or uncover how we can support you as you look to overcome your addiction and mental health disorder, please contact us today by calling 01908 489 421.



John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 23 June 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 21/02/2022 12:00 am

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures