While cocaine abuse has declined since its heyday, it continues to be a common recreational drug for thousands of teens throughout the U.S., with use peaking in the late teens. Prolonged cocaine use can lead to addiction, although even low-level recreational use has been linked to adverse effects, especially in the brain and heart. At Visions, our comprehensive programs offer a patient-centred, holistic approach to teen cocaine addiction treatment.
Although cocaine use correlates with a variety of factors, a significant one among teens is mental health. Teens who struggle with mood disorders and personality disorders are more likely to turn to cocaine, often as a form of self-medication, or to cope with episodes or symptoms. However, substance use can also exacerbate the symptoms of a teen’s mental disorder, and prolonged cocaine use correlates with worse symptoms of anxiety, depression, and interpersonal problems for teens with personality disorders.
At Visions, we help teens struggling with mental health disorders and concomitant cocaine addiction. Known as a dual diagnosis, a diagnosis of both addiction and a mood, personality, and/or anxiety disorder requires a holistic cocaine addiction treatment approach, addressing the immediate consequences of cocaine use, the complex relationship between drugs and mental health, as well as identifying a long-term cocaine addiction treatment path incorporating addiction recovery and improvements to a mental health.