How to Accept Good with the Bad

Cocaine addiction, like any other addiction, can cause complete and utter chaos for both yourself and those around you. When it comes to your addiction, the only good you often associate with it is when you experience that first high. After that initial high, however, you find yourself in the never-ending...

Does My Addiction to My Depression Meds Count as a Dual Diagnosis?

Dual Diagnosis is a term commonly used for when an individual simultaneously suffers from substance abuse and a mental illness. Dual Diagnosis is a broad category and can range from the development of mild depression caused by binge drinking to an individual’s symptoms of bipolar disorder worsening because...

How to Recognize that You Are Not Defined by Your Diagnosis

Although many people know that the initial decision to use drugs is most often voluntary, drug addiction is a disease of the brain that compels people to become so obsessed with obtaining and abusing a drug of choice that, despite the many adverse health issues and life consequences people will incur,...

The Psychological Value of a Positive Outlook

Although having a positive outlook during treatment and recovery is an essential component to success, it can also be dangerous if recovering addicts become overly positive about their recovery. The greatest danger is underestimating one’s disease while also continuously overestimating one’s chances in...

Five Methods to Relieve Stress Without Drugs or Alcohol

After experiencing the effects of cocaine, many people recognize how it causes stress, sadness and anxiety. It’s easy to use this drug once more to feel better, but with every use the habit is reinforced. Later, when an addict tries to relieve stress without drugs, she may feel almost lost: her habits and...

How Harmful Is Psychological Dependence on Cocaine?

According to eMedicine Health, cocaine is one of the most abused drugs in the US. Because it causes such euphoria, this drug is highly abused; it may not cause the same type of withdrawal symptoms as other drugs, but it does have an extremely powerful psychological quality. In other words, you can become...

What Does It Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis?

Someone with a Dual Diagnosis has a co-occurring addiction and mental health disorder. Several decades ago, co-occurring disorders typically meant parallel treatment in separate programs, but this treatment protocol changed in the mid-1980s when several facilities integrated addiction and mental health...

Is Depression the Root of Cocaine Abuse?

People abuse drugs for a variety of reasons. Some people want to feel good, others want to relax, and some don’t want to feel anything at all. Underneath those reasons is often a problem that needs to be addressed—abuse, PTSD, grief, or mental illness. Sometimes, one of the underlying causes of substance...

When Will I Stop Craving Cocaine?

When recovering from cocaine addiction, you may begin to feel like you will never truly reach full recovery. After weeks of treatment, it can come as a surprise that you still experience powerful cocaine cravings. Unfortunately, there is no determined time that cocaine cravings last. Cocaine recovery is...

Work-Related Stress and Cocaine Addiction

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), stress is defined as a physical response to stimuli, including actions or events that threaten or unbalance you in some way. The NIH states that stress is a natural occurrence that happens to everyone in some way. One of the leading causes of stress in the...

Negative Life Events and Cocaine Addiction

No matter the age at which someone experiences a negative life event, it can encourage mental health issues and cocaine addiction. Furthermore, people with limited social support and coping skills are even more susceptible to mental health concerns and addictions, because they have limited resources for...

Can Cocaine Affect My Memory?

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical associated with pleasure. Cocaine prevents dopamine from being absorbed in the brain, leaving excesses in the brain, causing a sense of euphoria. Like all drugs, cocaine often carries physical and...

Addictive Personalities and Cocaine Addiction Development

An addictive personality disorder can cause an immense amount of stress to an individual. Individuals with addictive personality disorder act on impulse, despite negative consequences. Impulses can vary and can include shopping, eating or using drugs, such as cocaine. Addictive Personality Disorder Having...

How Cocaine Abuse Can Mask Antisocial Personality Disorder

Many people use the word “sociopath” as a derogatory label for anyone who acts inconsiderately. However, when considered in its true application, the term refers to a person who suffers from a very dangerous mental disorder clinically known as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Signs of ASPD The...

ADHD and Cocaine Abuse

ADHD is a mental health condition that is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The disorder is common among children, but it also affects adults, despite being much harder to diagnose later in life. The symptoms of ADHD certainly affect one’s behavior and can interfere greatly...

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