The use of cocaine can lead to a clinically impairment known as drug use disorder. It’s a serious condition that affects the whole person's life and requires clinical attention and professional medical treatment, especially when symptoms have been persistent.
Cocaine dependence is strongly associated with depression. Doctors sometimes have a challenge to distinguish transient effects of cocaine use from enduring depression syndromes. Depressed individuals experience changes in mood and personality. These disorders cause uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, hopelessness, isolation, sleep and digestive disorders. Some may completely cut off contact with friends and take cocaine with alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication which can be potentially fatal and make the mental distress worse. People with mental illness who abuse substances are at increased risk of violent acts and suicide attempts.
Depression and Cocaine Abuse Recovery
Drug addiction can cause mental illness, and some mental illnesses, especially those that are not treated can trigger the use of drugs.
There are people who had depression before they began to abuse substances and those whose depression was caused by cocaine abuse. All of them must find a medical help for their condition. Treating just the drug dependence or just the depression can be useless. Treatments have to focus on both symptoms – therapy and prescription drugs to overcome the depression, as well as substance abuse counseling to treat the cocaine addiction.
Medications control depression, while therapy – behavioral treatments – help to maintain person’s sobriety.