Harmful pattern of cocaine use is usually caused by the abuse of cocaine in large doses or for a prolonged period of time. This can lead to an increased risk of physical and psychological dependence, as well as an increased risk of developing tolerance and addiction.
Diagnosis of harmful pattern of cocaine use can be made based on a medical history and physical exam, as well as laboratory tests such as urine and blood tests. In addition, psychological tests such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) are often used to assess the severity of the condition.
Harmful pattern of cocaine use should be differentiated from other substance use disorders, such as alcohol and opiate abuse, as well as other psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
Treatment for harmful pattern of cocaine use usually involves a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and lifestyle changes. Psychotherapy is often used to help the individual learn new ways of coping with stress and addressing underlying issues that may be contributing to the cocaine use. Medications such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers may also be prescribed to help reduce cravings and the risk of relapse.
The prognosis for individuals with harmful pattern of cocaine use depends on the severity of the condition and the individual’s response to treatment. With proper treatment, individuals can learn new ways of dealing with stress and cravings and can achieve long-term recovery.