In fact, most people battling depression often resort to substance abuse in order to escape from their deplorable condition, which further aggravates the existing pain. It has been found that cocaine is the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the United States, after marijuana, with the country being the largest consumer of cocaine worldwide.
The use of the drug is prevalent in the middle and upper classes of the society across various demographics of age, ethnicity, income, etc. Also known by terms such as coke, flake snow, toot, blow, and nose candy, cocaine is usually procured as a fine white powder that can be snorted directly or dissolved and injected intravenously to get the desired high. However, repeated use of the drug can cause dependence and other detrimental health consequences.
Cocaine use and symptoms of depression
Three years ago, Melanie lost her father to osteosarcoma, a rare form of primary bone cancer. Being the only child of her parents, she was deeply hit by this tragic loss. Losing her father was indeed a big blow to Melanie who had just started her college life. She was now left alone with her mother who was confined to the wheelchair.
Amid all these traumatic incidents, Melanie resorted to cocaine use in order to escape from reality and ended up snorting more than a couple of lines each day. Over a period of time, the depression which she thought had disappeared, returned with much greater intensity, compelling her to overdose on cocaine. Her depression was magnified by the repeated use of cocaine, which took a heavy toll on her physical as well as psychological health.
Although a few lines of cocaine might temporarily numb some depressive symptoms inducing sensations of euphoria, the resulting backlash, when the effect of the chemical wears off from the body, takes the depression to new lows. Studies have shown that repeated cocaine use can produce addiction and other adverse health consequences in users.
Cocaine has a high potential for abuse
As per a recent report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 913,000 Americans met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for abuse of cocaine in 2014. Hence, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has now classified the drug under Schedule II substances.
This implies that cocaine is a dangerous illegal drug with a high potential for abuse, which may result in physical and psychological dependence. Studies have shown that cocaine is a powerful stimulant that has a direct impact on the brain.
Breaking free from dual diagnosis
According to the NIDA, six out of 10 people who are abusing drugs also have a mental illness. Fighting both conditions simultaneously increases the probability of life-threatening conditions, such as suicidal tendencies and violence. Therefore, an integrated intervention is regarded as the most promising method of treatment for dual diagnosis, wherein a person is treated for both mental illness and substance abuse.