Cocaine is a stimulant which increases the speed of message transmission in the brain. It tends to trigger a state of euphoria, intense energy, heightened sensitivity of the senses and intermittent reduction in appetite and need for sleep. Cocaine use can lead to anxiety, mood swings, impulsive behaviour and physical health concerns including heart problems, headaches and stroke and gastrointestinal difficulties.
- Requiring progressively higher amounts of cocaine over time.
- Inability to reduce the amount of cocaine one is using.
- Experiencing cravings and urges to use cocaine.
- Cocaine consumption leading to inability to fulfil responsibilities at work or at home.
- Continuing to use cocaine in situations that may lead to physical danger.
- Reduced involvement in previously important or meaningful activities.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms and continued cocaine use to ease the withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment for cocaine may involve admission to a detox or rehabilitation admission to support a person to safely cease their pattern of use. Ongoing therapy is often required and may incorporate psychodynamic psychotherapy which explores unconscious patterns of relating to self and others through the activation of various defence mechanisms along with motivational interviewing which seeks to clarify and support an individual’s wish to change. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) which explores the links between thoughts, emotions and behaviours in the context of substance use may also be drawn upon.
The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy will aim to help you manage or overcome your cocaine problem. This may involve a medically supervised detox program at an appropriate facility.
Together, we can try to tackle your issues. Our therapists can work with you online using Skype, Zoom or similar.
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book your confidential appointment to discuss your individual circumstances.
The difficulties most often faced by people trying to free themselves from addiction occur when they encounter the often unsettling withdrawal symptoms that come after deciding to quit. This is also complicated by the fact that emotions and thoughts that your addiction was hiding are now out in plain sight and they can seem very threatening and overwhelming. Our therapists will try to help you through the associated emotional effects, and consider collaboratively the origins of your difficulties with cocaine. It is very important for individuals to be as honest as possible about their substance use and clients with a sustainable commitment and an active (non passive) approach when engaging in therapy tend to get the most out of the process.
How long will treatment take?
Timeframes vary from person to person. There may be more than one attempt at finding a viable treatment option for you but we will work with you to try to manage your addiction to cocaine, usually recommending a team care arrangement depending on the circumstances. It can be a slippery road with diversions, speed humps and potholes along the way. If you feel ready to speak, especially after having engaged with an addiction doctor who recommended therapy, feel free to reach out for an initial session.
What is Bayside Psychotherapy’s treatment philosophy?
We are committed to providing high quality evidence based care. To facilitate safe withdrawal we often suggest engaging an addiction doctor, psychiatrist or detox program. From there, we aim to worth collaboratively in alignment with the goals of each individual and help them work through triggers and factors driving their substance use. The treatment is customised based on your needs. If something isn’t working, it can often be altered. Multiple treatment methods done concurrently to try to deal with addiction, anxiety, and withdrawal symptoms are sometimes indicated.
Note: This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
An addiction to cocaine is a critical health issue that can have lasting effects on your physical and mental health, as well as your overall wellbeing, relationships, and workplace associations. Cocaine emits a psychoactive effect when ingested and produces its highly addictive effects primarily by acting on the brain’s limbic system - a set of interconnected areas that stimulate pleasure and regulate motivation. An initial, short-term effect releases a build-up of hormones which causes a rushing sense of euphoria, and thus the desire to take the drug again, often repeatedly until a true addiction has formed.
In the short-term, as well as the rush of dopamine, which causes an intense feeling of pleasure, elation and contentment (and is often referred to as the “happy hormone”), cocaine can also temporarily decrease the need for food and sleep, leading people to believe they can do anything, and at a quicker speed. In saying this, other users have reported feelings of sluggishness, a lack of motivation, and even depression when the drug is exiting the system (often referred to as the “come down”).
Long-term effects of cocaine use can lead to substance abuse of other dependants such as heroin or methamphetamines; disturbances in heart rhythm and heart attacks; sleep disturbances; mental illness; depression; headaches, seizures, strokes, coma, and even death.
There are several risk factors associated with cocaine addiction. These include a person’s predisposition to addiction, their brain chemistry, being exposed to trauma, malnutrition, and living in unstable and unhealthy environments.
A person’s genes can put them at an increased risk for cocaine addiction and abuse too. Living with a family member that abuses the drug often dramatically increases the likelihood that others in the household may develop an addiction to the same or similarly dangerous substances. Exposure to the repeated use of the drug can also increase the chances that a person will develop an addiction themselves, as well as experiences with childhood trauma, bullying, and substance-abusing parents.
Whilst there is currently no medication approved to treat cocaine addiction, treatment for cocaine abuse and dependence may involve admission to a rehabilitation centre to support a person to safely detox and eventually cease their habit. Ongoing therapy is also recommended, often in conjunction with rehabilitation, which may encompass behavioural interventions and psychodynamic psychotherapy, both of which have shown positive results in treating patients with substance abuse issues.
Exploring the unconscious patterns of relating to one’s self and others through the activation of various means of defence, psychodynamic psychotherapy uses motivational interviewing that seeks to simplify and sustain an individual’s goals to improve. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) may also be suggested and implemented and aims to explore the links between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours all in relation to addiction.