Isolation and Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is often viewed as a social drug used to get high with friends and continue partying for long hours. However cocaine abuse often leads to isolation. Though one is social and the other chemical, isolation and cocaine have synergistic effects in which each makes the other worse. Each condition can lead to the other, and people driven to cocaine abuse by isolation are just as common as those driven to isolation through cocaine. The following are ways in which isolation can lead to cocaine abuse:

  • Cocaine is used to self-medicate depression, anxiety and other mood disorders that originally led to a secluded lifestyle
  • Cocaine provides feelings of grandeur that appeal to someone feeling inferior, flawed or overly self-conscious
  • Isolation eliminates positive social networks where friends discourage drug use
  • Cocaine is used to forget past traumas that encouraged isolation

The following are ways cocaine abuse leads to isolation:

  • Cocaine users isolate themselves from those who want them to quit or who point out the negative aspects of cocaine use
  • Cocaine use can lead to loss of employment and estrangement from loved ones
  • Cocaine users become more interested in acquiring the drug than in social interaction
  • Illicit drug use can result in arrest and court-ordered isolation behind bars
  • Cocaine abuse affects finances thus limiting social activities
  • Addiction causes physical deterioration and a less favorable appearance
  • Cocaine users dislike traditional social settings, because they must refrain from use

Dangers of Cocaine and Isolation

A particular danger of co-occurring cocaine abuse and isolation is that isolation reduces a person’s willingness to ask for help. A secluded individual lacks a social network that would notice the changes, encourage treatment and provide support. In cases where isolation results from social anxiety, seeking help is especially difficult, because it forces people into the social situations that they find so uncomfortable. Isolation compounds the health problems caused by cocaine, just as the drug problem magnifies any social anxieties. Addressing both issues through integrated treatment is necessary for recovery.

Cocaine Addiction Recovery and Community

An important step to ending cocaine abuse or addiction is finding a positive recovery community or support group. These groups consist of counselors or other recovering users that will welcome any individual that is interested in getting better. Caring counselors can help with social anxiety, while a supportive community provides a whole new network of friends with similar values and goals. These networks provide real recovery that impacts all areas of your life.

Help Ending Cocaine Abuse and Isolation

We are here to help. Our staff understands cocaine abuse and isolation and can answer any questions with the utmost confidentiality and sensitivity. We are available 24 hours a day on our toll-free helpline, and we look forward to helping any way we can. End the cycle of cocaine addiction and isolation today; call now.

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