Find support for Cocaine and Depression

Across the United Kingdom, 5.3% of adults are believed to consume cocaine each year.  While illegal, cocaine continues to be one of the most abused drugs.

Although many individuals use cocaine for recreational purposes, there has been an evident increase in the number of people consuming cocaine to reduce depressive symptoms and episodes.

Sadly, consuming cocaine to alleviate depression and depressive symptoms can negatively impact an individual’s physical and psychological health and well-being

What Happens When Cocaine Is Used?

Classed as a stimulant drug, when cocaine is used, many individuals report feeling more confident, lively and alert.  However, these particular side effects are short-lived.

As the high that cocaine produces wears off, it is not uncommon for users to experience a number of side effects.

Although the side effects encountered greatly vary and often depend on the way that cocaine is administered and the amount of cocaine that is consumed, studies have determined that the following physical and psychological symptoms are commonly associated with the comedown that follows cocaine use;

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Fatigue
  • Violent outbursts and behaviour

In addition to experiencing the above symptoms, individuals that abuse cocaine are at greater risk of developing a cocaine addiction.

Regrettably, it should also be noted that due to the impact cocaine has on an individual’s psychological health, the rates of suicide among those that consume cocaine are somewhat significant.

Sadly, a study conducted to examine the characteristics of cocaine-dependent patients determined that 43.5% of patients that secure treatment for cocaine addictions have attempted suicide.  

As noted above, cocaine use sees individuals experience a wealth of physical and psychological symptoms.  In addition to causing the symptoms discussed above to arise, research highlights that the comedown experienced after consuming cocaine also intensifies symptoms associated with depression.

Sadly, this means that if an individual has been diagnosed with depression, they are more likely to experience severe side effects upon consuming cocaine.

In addition to intensifying depression, cocaine can also induce a number of mental health problems, including depression.  Although cocaine can cause depression to arise for various reasons, scientists have come to understand that cocaine damages brain cells that are responsible for dopamine release.

When these particular brain cells are damaged, emotional responses become impaired, causing an individual’s mood to drastically reduce.  As a result, depression is likely to arise due to reduced dopamine signalling.

Likewise, cocaine use may arise as a result of depression.  This is because some individuals may turn to cocaine to alleviate the symptoms associated with depression.

Although there is a wealth of treatment widely available for depression, many individuals attempt to self-medicate with drugs, including cocaine.

While the immediate side effects of cocaine use can offer a temporary relief, the long-term side effects of cocaine use can, as touched on above, intensify depression.

As a result, it is not uncommon for those who use cocaine to alleviate depression to become dependent on the drug.  Sadly, this causes cocaine and depression disorders to coexist.

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment For Cocaine Abuse and Depression

When cocaine and depression disorders coexist, they can make an individual’s life somewhat unbearable.  Locked into a vicious cycle, professional treatment is required if a long-term recovery is to be secured.

If you have come to experience a coexisting cocaine and depression disorder, it is crucial that you secure treatment.

When considering the treatment available for cocaine and depression disorders, dual diagnosis treatment is the most effective.

Although cocaine disorders and depression are often treated individually, treatment must be provided to alleviate both disorders simultaneously when the two coexist.  If you are unable to secure dual diagnosis treatment, you may find it almost impossible to recover.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment For Cocaine and Depression At Asana Lodge

At Asana Lodge, our dual diagnosis treatment is suitable for anyone that has become addicted to cocaine and suffers from depression.

Focusing on healing the body and the mind, we combine a number of different treatments to ensure that our clients have the ability to overcome their addiction and manage their mental health disorder better.

Should you attend our residential drug and alcohol rehab for dual diagnosis treatment, you will be welcomed to temporarily move into our tranquil, state-of-the-art centre to complete your treatment.

Before administering dual diagnosis treatment, we will carry out a clinical assessment when you enter our centre.  This assessment will essentially provide us with greater insight into your cocaine and depression disorder.

Although you may feel apprehensive about discussing how cocaine and depression have come to impair your life, we would ask you to remember that we help thousands of individuals like you every year.  We would also ask you to remember that we are here to support you at all times.

Upon conducting a clinical assessment, we will complete your dual diagnosis treatment programme.

Typically, our dual diagnosis treatment programmes combine a medically induced detoxification, one-to-one counselling, psychotherapy, group therapy, well-being therapy and aftercare support.

Irrespective of the treatment you are offered, you will find that each stage of your dual diagnosis treatment programme helps you understand why cocaine and depression have come to rule your life.

Dual diagnosis treatment will also help you determine how you can mitigate the overall impact both disorders have.  In doing so, you will have the opportunity to create coping strategies that you can employ during your time in rehab and as you continue your recovery beyond your time in rehab.

Contact Us Today For Immediate Support

If you have become dependent on cocaine and find that depression also controls your life, we would advise you to contact us for immediate support.

Should you find yourself ready to do so, please call us on 01908 489 421.

Likewise, if you are worried that a loved one, friend or even employee has developed an unhealthy relationship with cocaine and struggles with depression, we can offer you guidance and help you refer an individual for dual diagnosis treatment.


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 9 July 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) - 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
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