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Dual Diagnosis: Cocaine and Anxiety

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There is a way to break free from the anxiety that plagues cocaine users.

When it comes to cocaine and anxiety, it’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation. Some get hooked on cocaine because they find it relieves their anxiety. Others develop severe anxiety once they start using cocaine.

By the time a person makes it to rehab, it can be almost impossible to tell which came first.

The one thing that is clear? Cocaine use and anxiety go hand-in-hand.

Cocaine Next Day Anxiety

Like all drugs, cocaine always takes more than it gives. It may make you feel great for a night but—even as quickly as the next day—you’re likely to feel low, anxious and depressed.

And the more you use, the higher the bill. What’s more, cocaine use is likely to put you in situations that create even more anxiety. Like buying drugs on the street. Or doing things while high that your sober self would never have done.

Preventing Anxiety After Drug Use

Sure, there are those who use alcohol or other drugs to come down after a cocaine binge. It might help—for a hot minute—but those substances come with their own shares of anxiety and depression. Not to mention that mixing drugs can be deadly.

The only healthy—and lasting—way to deal with anxiety is to seek treatment for both cocaine addiction and any co-occurring conditions which may exist, including an anxiety disorder.

In an ideal world, all rehabs would be equipped to treat both addiction and mental illness, but that’s simply not true. Before choosing a place to recover, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask:

  • Do you assess each resident for mental health disorders?
  • Are both the addiction and the co-occurring conditions given the same level of attention and care?
  • Is your treatment team experienced in treating those with a dual-diagnosis?

The 5 Types of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is one of the hardest mental health conditions to deal with. There are five different types of anxiety, and it's important to identify which one you're dealing with.

Finding Your Way at The Raleigh House

The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver that excels in treating those with a dual diagnosis. That is especially true of cocaine, which is often linked with an anxiety disorder. Our team of doctors, therapists, nurses and even a nutritionist knows how to best help—and give hope to—those in recovery for cocaine abuse. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the cocaine addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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