How to Quit Cocaine and Build Long Term Recovery

cocaine

Cocaine is a hell of a drug...
- Rick James

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, and increased talkativeness. Cocaine is loosely defined as a party drug and a "feel good" drug.

Cocaine is often considered a "high class" drug. It is relatively expensive and clean in comparison to other drugs. Some may say that the social stigma associated with cocaine is less demeaning than say heroin or methamphetamine. The term "junky" or "addict" may not be attached to cocaine users in the same way as other hard drugs. Granted, this is a generalization, but through our experience we find that cocaine use is more common in wealthier demographics.

Cocaine use can have severe long term effects on the mind and the body. Many times cocaine use leads to crack use as well, being that crack cocaine is much cheaper.

** if anyone can knows of any data or studies on the financial demographics of cocaine users, feel free to leave in the comments or email it to tim@sobernation.com. We have looked all over the internet for studies with no avail**

The Dangers of Cocaine Addiction

What separates cocaine addiction from other drugs is the shortness of the high. After the first use, the high usually wears off within 15-30 minutes. The high of cocaine is very intense and pleasurable, and once it wears off it leaves the user longing for that instant gratification. This is the real danger of coke. It is the reason people go on 4 day coke binges because -generally speaking - it is difficult to stop until you pass out, run out of money, get arrested or end up in the hospital.

"A cocaine high does not last very long. The average high a user gets from snorting cocaine only lasts for 15-30 minutes. These highs are less intense, as it takes longer for the drug to be absorbed into the bloodstream when snorted. A smoking high, although more intense due to the rapidity in which the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, lasts for an even shorter period of only about five to ten minutes. After the euphoric high comes the crashing low, in which the addict craves more of the drug and in larger doses."

[via: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/]

When a cocaine user passes the threshold from recreational user into addict, the drug may lead you spiraling into a miserable cycle.  It is not uncommon for a cocaine addict to receive their paycheck on Friday, and be broke by Monday. They start the next week depressed and anxious about the consequences of their actions and also from the crash of their dopamine levels. They may get through the week swearing off cocaine for good. Yet, once Friday comes, that first line of cocaine will start the cycle all over again.

Once you’re caught in that downward spiral, it’s very difficult to stop yourself before you hit a bottom.

Most people need help to quit cocaine. Do not be ashamed to ask for help. Sober Nation quit hotline: 866-317-7050.

Effects of Cocaine on the Brain and Body

Cocaine is a stimulant that increases the levels of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine in your brain. Usually, your brain will essentially recycle these chemicals, but cocaine stops that process from happening, resulting in a buildup of neurotransmitters that causes the euphoric feelings that cocaine users experience.

Psychological Effects of Cocaine: varies with dose and the tolerance of the user.

  • increases alertness
  • wakefulness
  • elevates the mood
  • mild to high degree of euphoria
  • increases athletic performance
  • decreases fatigue
  • clearer thinking
  • increases concentration
  • increases energy
  • increased irritability
  • insomnia
  • restlessness

With high doses an individual may exhibit a pattern of psychosis with confused and disorganized behavior, irritability, fear, paranoia, hallucinations, may become extremely antisocial and aggressive - generally referred to as cocaine psychosis.

Physical Effects of Cocaine

  • increases heart rate
  • increases blood pressure
  • increased body temperature
  • sweating
  • increases speed of respiration
  • dilates the pupils
  • decreased sleep and appetite

Can decrease seizure threshold and is associated with seizures, strokes, and heart attacks in susceptible individuals.

Symptoms of Cocaine Withdrawal

side effects of cocaine use

source: positivemed.com

When you try to quit cocaine, you can experience withdrawal symptoms - the severity of which will depend on your history of cocaine use. One of the strongest symptoms of withdrawal is cravings for more cocaine. The withdrawal symptoms of cocaine are not as chemically dependent as other drugs like heroin or alcohol. It can be described more as a crash than a withdrawal...

Since the body and brain is craving cocaine, withdrawal symptoms include...

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • fatigue
  • restlessness
  • appetite problems
  • delusions

How to Quit Cocaine

In order for you to quit cocaine safely, the best way to do it is with help from professionals. We recommend attending an addiction treatment center with the supervision of medical professionals. It is best to start with a detox, because your mood and vital signs should regulate before the work on treatment begins.

In detox, doctors and nurses can monitor your health. They may prescribe medication to ease your withdrawal symptoms. There are no drugs, however, that are FDA-approved to help people quit cocaine or ease cravings for cocaine.

Complete detox from cocaine can take several days, and the recommended course of action after detox is a stay in a rehab center. Inpatient rehab will assist you in your pursuit to quit cocaine by providing you with a safe, controlled atmosphere in which to cope with cravings and learn to live without the drug.

In treatment, you will learn the skills and coping mechanisms to help you move forward. Therapy will be a huge factor in learning to modify your behavior and your impulse control.

Successful cocaine addiction treatment programs begin with a safe and medically supervised detoxification, followed by a transition from addiction to recovery. Support and treatment to help individuals embrace new concepts and ideas that will result in a meaningful change in everyday behavior.

But What Comes Next??

After care is just as important as treatment. Many recovered addicts give credit to a 12 step program for their continuous and long term recovery. Cocaine anonymous is a 12 step group that will help you dig into the reason you used cocaine, and help you build a support group to help you build a life without cocaine use. Attending meetings is highly recommended.

Also, continuous therapy or one on one counseling is a great option. Constant maintenance is essential because all it takes is one small slip or relapse and the entire cycle can start all over again.

Other Ways to Quit Cocaine

It is possible to quit cocaine without the help of a detox or rehab, but the do-it-yourself method isn't recommended. More often than not, this type of approach eventually leads to relapse. You should always consult a doctor before you try to quit cocaine.

Comments

  1. Glad to be clean says

    I struggled with quitting cocaine binges for 10 years. (20 years of total use, 10 years spent in relapses).

    My struggle came from having even one drink of alcohol... I would have an itch for cocaine...
    I did not want that itch, I hated it... It never went away...

    I ended up being diagnosed with add. I was so bad that I could not even clean my house. It was too much for me to grasp... I was overwhelmed.

    After taking 20mg of adderall each day for a month, a magical thing happened.... I had a drink ... And realized the craving that had been haunting me for 10 years was no longer there...

    After 6 months on adderall, I decided to try to wean myself off of it. I felt comfortable with things that would have overwhelmed me in the past... I also had no craving for cocaine..even after having a drink or two. (The first 6mos. Of straight abstonsnce from cocaine in 20 years...

    I am now off adderal and cocaine. 1 year strong. Cleaning, working, living and enjoying life without that Demon craving that haunted me....

    I honestly think it was the adderall that flooded my system to the point of a dependency "restart". The craving that could have killed me is gone, and I love my drug free life.

  2. Glad to be clean says

    I struggled with quitting cocaine binges for 10 years. (20 years of total use, 10 years spent in relapses).

    My struggle came from having even one drink of alcohol... I would have an itch for cocaine...
    I did not want that itch, I hated it... It never went away...

    I ended up being diagnosed with add. I was so bad that I could not even clean my house. It was too much for me to grasp... I was overwhelmed.

    After taking 20mg of adderall each day for a month, a magical thing happened.... I had a drink ... And realized the craving that had been haunting me for 10 years was no longer there...

    After 6 months on adderall, I decided to try to wean myself off of it. I felt comfortable with things that would have overwhelmed me in the past... I also had no craving for cocaine..even after having a drink or two. (The first 6mos. Of straight abstonsnce from cocaine in 20 years...

    I am now off adderal and cocaine. 1 year strong. Cleaning, working, living and enjoying life without that Demon craving that haunted me....

    I honestly think it was the adderall that flooded my system to the point of a dependency "restart". The craving that could have killed me is gone, and I love my drug free life.

  3. Glad to be clean says

    I struggled with quitting cocaine binges for 10 years. (20 years of total use, 10 years spent in relapses).

    My struggle came from having even one drink of alcohol... I would have an itch for cocaine...
    I did not want that itch, I hated it... It never went away...

    I ended up being diagnosed with add. I was so bad that I could not even clean my house. It was too much for me to grasp... I was overwhelmed.

    After taking 20mg of adderall each day for a month, a magical thing happened.... I had a drink ... And realized the craving that had been haunting me for 10 years was no longer there...

    After 6 months on adderall, I decided to try to wean myself off of it. I felt comfortable with things that would have overwhelmed me in the past... I also had no craving for cocaine..even after having a drink or two. (The first 6mos. Of straight abstonsnce from cocaine in 20 years...

    I am now off adderal and cocaine. 1 year strong. Cleaning, working, living and enjoying life without that Demon craving that haunted me....

    I honestly think it was the adderall that flooded my system to the point of a dependency "restart". The craving that could have killed me is gone, and I love my drug free life.

  4. Engaged to coke addict says

    After being together for a year,my fiancé one night after coming home from a night of clubbing has living room set up with porn and coke. I am very sexual woman and do not object to trying different things but wasn't comfortable with using drugs. So he did the coke and wanted all nite sex marathon hard for me to hang cause wasn't doing coke. He wants to do this once a month says not addicted well I give in to this eventually I try coke to keep up with him I feel like I sold my soul to the devil.. I tell him how I feel and his usage has increased to every other weekend. I enjoy the sex but told him can't do this anymore. He say he will quit and I love this man. I feel like this has the power to destroy us if he can't

  5. Engaged to coke addict says

    After being together for a year,my fiancé one night after coming home from a night of clubbing has living room set up with porn and coke. I am very sexual woman and do not object to trying different things but wasn't comfortable with using drugs. So he did the coke and wanted all nite sex marathon hard for me to hang cause wasn't doing coke. He wants to do this once a month says not addicted well I give in to this eventually I try coke to keep up with him I feel like I sold my soul to the devil.. I tell him how I feel and his usage has increased to every other weekend. I enjoy the sex but told him can't do this anymore. He say he will quit and I love this man. I feel like this has the power to destroy us if he can't

  6. Just gotta want it says

    I'm a little over three years clean from crack cocaine. It's very sad to hear that you're engaged to a coke addict. What you say may or may not be true. There are coke addicts and then there are coke users. For your sake, I hope he's only a coke user, but from your description, it sounds like there's a bit of a downward spiral present. I'm not sure where you're located. I cleaned up in Canada. There are subsidized rehabs. I think the States is different. Which is very unfortunate because by the time people are ready to clean up, they generally have no money. Also, I hope he's young, because statistically, 96% of people who go to rehab relapse in the first year, and the number is a little lower for those under 25. That's not very helpful, sorry. A really good thing that helped me was having a lot of support from people who loved me. It sounds like you really care about him, and that will definitely help in some way. Here's hoping a) you live in Canada and b) you guys live happily ever after.

  7. Just gotta want it says

    I'm a little over three years clean from crack cocaine. It's very sad to hear that you're engaged to a coke addict. What you say may or may not be true. There are coke addicts and then there are coke users. For your sake, I hope he's only a coke user, but from your description, it sounds like there's a bit of a downward spiral present. I'm not sure where you're located. I cleaned up in Canada. There are subsidized rehabs. I think the States is different. Which is very unfortunate because by the time people are ready to clean up, they generally have no money. Also, I hope he's young, because statistically, 96% of people who go to rehab relapse in the first year, and the number is a little lower for those under 25. That's not very helpful, sorry. A really good thing that helped me was having a lot of support from people who loved me. It sounds like you really care about him, and that will definitely help in some way. Here's hoping a) you live in Canada and b) you guys live happily ever after.

  8. CONFUSED says

    I always said its a mind thing....I hv lost my mind..I hv several cousins on crack.. I use cocaine .l use to use recreational...I always said ...I knw what im doing..I can handle this...20 years later...I want to stop soo bad..n I can't...I lost my sister..last yeat...divorce this year...diagnosed w lupus....no job..I AM MENTALLY A WRECK! I hv no drive for anything...I hv three children...five...thirteen..twenty-one...im soo tired of lmyself..n all this.!.sometimes I wish I wasn't even here..I dont want to display this to my parents nor anyone else...I NEEd HeLP

  9. CONFUSED says

    I always said its a mind thing....I hv lost my mind..I hv several cousins on crack.. I use cocaine .l use to use recreational...I always said ...I knw what im doing..I can handle this...20 years later...I want to stop soo bad..n I can't...I lost my sister..last yeat...divorce this year...diagnosed w lupus....no job..I AM MENTALLY A WRECK! I hv no drive for anything...I hv three children...five...thirteen..twenty-one...im soo tired of lmyself..n all this.!.sometimes I wish I wasn't even here..I dont want to display this to my parents nor anyone else...I NEEd HeLP

  10. H says

    To confused: i too felt ur pain and hopelessness. I was terrified to tell anyone for fear or judgement And rejection. But there are thousanda of people who feel and have felt and are going through what you are. I got sober by going to cocaine anonymous. I told my parents (who are strict muslim) that i had a problem amd they were underatanding when i thought that they would disown me. Look up some local cocaine anonymous meetings and try it. It worked for me and thousands of others. Ive been sober for 2 years now and owe my life to the 12 steps and the program. It really works wonders.

  11. H says

    To confused: i too felt ur pain and hopelessness. I was terrified to tell anyone for fear or judgement And rejection. But there are thousanda of people who feel and have felt and are going through what you are. I got sober by going to cocaine anonymous. I told my parents (who are strict muslim) that i had a problem amd they were underatanding when i thought that they would disown me. Look up some local cocaine anonymous meetings and try it. It worked for me and thousands of others. Ive been sober for 2 years now and owe my life to the 12 steps and the program. It really works wonders.

  12. used to be great says

    I have no problem not doing it till I'm around my Frinds then they do it so of corse I want to feel good so I do it and we all work live normal law abiding lifestyle yet I know coke is no good for me my family or my pocket but I'm drawn to do it I used to think I was superp I. The willpower department now on second guessing myself Jesse any advice don't want to loose my buddies I. The process

  13. used to be great says

    I have no problem not doing it till I'm around my Frinds then they do it so of corse I want to feel good so I do it and we all work live normal law abiding lifestyle yet I know coke is no good for me my family or my pocket but I'm drawn to do it I used to think I was superp I. The willpower department now on second guessing myself Jesse any advice don't want to loose my buddies I. The process

  14. Mya says

    Hi I m deaf female I have bad addicd cocaine straight 20 less years I really need big help. I have depression and axanily made worse down.. I don't know what to do now. Help me!

  15. Mya says

    Hi I m deaf female I have bad addicd cocaine straight 20 less years I really need big help. I have depression and axanily made worse down.. I don't know what to do now. Help me!

  16. BossBoo says

    Just Sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm addicted to cocaine (Crack) and I cant seem to shake this Monkey off my back! I WANT TO STOP! But The Cravings Keep Coming. Im Losing everything and everyone Around Me That I Love and Loves Me Please help? Is there a Medication That I Can Get Prescribed that Will Help?
    # Desperrately Need Some Help ASAP!?!

  17. BossBoo says

    Just Sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm addicted to cocaine (Crack) and I cant seem to shake this Monkey off my back! I WANT TO STOP! But The Cravings Keep Coming. Im Losing everything and everyone Around Me That I Love and Loves Me Please help? Is there a Medication That I Can Get Prescribed that Will Help?
    # Desperrately Need Some Help ASAP!?!

  18. AnonymousHank says

    Tim Stoddart: what do you offer for help? I live in a South American country and need help. I need to control this before it ruins me. And after I get a little better I need to quit it for good. I don't want anyone close to me finding out that I'm an addict but I need to talk to someone who has cleaned himself/herself. I need to know what to expect if I continue using so that I convince myself completely that I absolutely need to quit for good NOW. My family is going through a member (my little brother) with cancer and I have to be well fast. I can't be another problem for my family now that the have their hands full. But I still tell myself that I can control it and that I don't have to completely quit. Which I know is bullsh!t but the addict in me is strong.

  19. AnonymousHank says

    Tim Stoddart: what do you offer for help? I live in a South American country and need help. I need to control this before it ruins me. And after I get a little better I need to quit it for good. I don't want anyone close to me finding out that I'm an addict but I need to talk to someone who has cleaned himself/herself. I need to know what to expect if I continue using so that I convince myself completely that I absolutely need to quit for good NOW. My family is going through a member (my little brother) with cancer and I have to be well fast. I can't be another problem for my family now that the have their hands full. But I still tell myself that I can control it and that I don't have to completely quit. Which I know is bullsh!t but the addict in me is strong.

  20. matthew says

    I dint think i was addicted to cocaine but now im thinking i am i regually use cocaine only half a gram every few days tho its 40 a time iv spent thousands on the shit im trying to stop it last night i used cocaine and it going to be my last time otherwise i will get addicted will i find it hard ???

  21. matthew says

    I dint think i was addicted to cocaine but now im thinking i am i regually use cocaine only half a gram every few days tho its 40 a time iv spent thousands on the shit im trying to stop it last night i used cocaine and it going to be my last time otherwise i will get addicted will i find it hard ???

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  24. Andrew Ferruche says

    I am losing the battle I just took medical leave went to rehab. Almost had 90 days adn I used. I am going to lose every thing in my lose. I have been fighting this for 30 years. I am going to die soon

  25. Andrew Ferruche says

    I am losing the battle I just took medical leave went to rehab. Almost had 90 days adn I used. I am going to lose every thing in my lose. I have been fighting this for 30 years. I am going to die soon

  26. Channing says

    I'm too embarrased to get help but 10 years of cocaine use has spiraled into a horrible addiction, it sucks. I am a different person I dont feel normal.

  27. Channing says

    I'm too embarrased to get help but 10 years of cocaine use has spiraled into a horrible addiction, it sucks. I am a different person I dont feel normal.

  28. carol says

    I'm just sooo tired of this addiction. I have truly lost everything and have no money. Can someone please help me. With information of a rehab I can go to that is out of the St . Louis are and I can b there fir at lease 30days and takes people with no insurance and no money!!!! I want help really bad, someone out there help me please!!!!

  29. carol says

    I'm just sooo tired of this addiction. I have truly lost everything and have no money. Can someone please help me. With information of a rehab I can go to that is out of the St . Louis are and I can b there fir at lease 30days and takes people with no insurance and no money!!!! I want help really bad, someone out there help me please!!!!

  30. Jennifer says

    Yesss my husband can stay away from smokin coke for 6 months but then he relapses....its a pattern...we r in church..n I am a good family oriented woman that keeps him in track the best I can....We have a 9 month bby boy n everything else is great!!! But it seems he always fails nomatter how hard we both try...He tried it graduation day in 2002 n has been on n off since...and I can not take this anymore....He will just disappear n stay away for like 6 hours n then show up at my door at 2 or 3 am....same pattern for years....except now its like every 6 months....he already lost alot...n I know he dont want this in his life...but when the cravings come he struggles!!! I LOVE HIM...n other then this problem he is great...what do I do???

  31. Jennifer says

    Yesss my husband can stay away from smokin coke for 6 months but then he relapses....its a pattern...we r in church..n I am a good family oriented woman that keeps him in track the best I can....We have a 9 month bby boy n everything else is great!!! But it seems he always fails nomatter how hard we both try...He tried it graduation day in 2002 n has been on n off since...and I can not take this anymore....He will just disappear n stay away for like 6 hours n then show up at my door at 2 or 3 am....same pattern for years....except now its like every 6 months....he already lost alot...n I know he dont want this in his life...but when the cravings come he struggles!!! I LOVE HIM...n other then this problem he is great...what do I do???

  32. Melissa Wipf says

    Hi, I've been on a four month coke soft binge now and I'm trying to quit. But its so damn hard. I was a opits\merphine aka pill addict for 10 years then I got clean for about a year then relapsed and started doing coke. I can't live this life anymore. Plz give me some advise cause I just can't shake this habit....!!!!!!

  33. Melissa Wipf says

    Hi, I've been on a four month coke soft binge now and I'm trying to quit. But its so damn hard. I was a opitsmerphine aka pill addict for 10 years then I got clean for about a year then relapsed and started doing coke. I can't live this life anymore. Plz give me some advise cause I just can't shake this habit....!!!!!!

  34. Emotionally Confused says

    I just found out that my husband snorts powder. . . . . .he admits to having a problem but then turns around and says that he doesn't have a problem because he can stop at any time. Is it even a chance of hope for my husband because he was able to admit that he had a problem even though he turned around in the same sentence and said that he can stop at any time. . . . . .or am I just wasting my time. Don't know what to do, don't know how to feel. . . . . . .I need HELP!!!! I'm trying to not give up on my husband, but my mind is going a hundred to nothing and I really don't know what to do. How do I even go about trying to help him if this DEMON as they call is really that powerful and strong. HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME. . . . . .PLEASE!!!

  35. Emotionally Confused says

    I just found out that my husband snorts powder. . . . . .he admits to having a problem but then turns around and says that he doesn't have a problem because he can stop at any time. Is it even a chance of hope for my husband because he was able to admit that he had a problem even though he turned around in the same sentence and said that he can stop at any time. . . . . .or am I just wasting my time. Don't know what to do, don't know how to feel. . . . . . .I need HELP!!!! I'm trying to not give up on my husband, but my mind is going a hundred to nothing and I really don't know what to do. How do I even go about trying to help him if this DEMON as they call is really that powerful and strong. HELP ME HELP ME HELP ME. . . . . .PLEASE!!!

  36. Going to beat it says

    I'm new to this..I binge twice a week...and it is getting out of hand and I refuse to allow this to beat me or any of you! :-)

  37. Going to beat it says

    I'm new to this..I binge twice a week...and it is getting out of hand and I refuse to allow this to beat me or any of you! :-)

  38. Alexandra says

    I am a 24 year old girl who has been living in London for 2 years and last October came back home to Australia. I had never touched coke before London but all my friends over there did it every weekend, sometimes during the week. They would be these huge binges that would go for a whole weekend, we wouldn't sleep and would just keep ordering more and more. It is relatively cheap over there and we all started to spiral out of control. Now I am home and still addicted, I use it every weekend as does my boyfriend. We have both tried to stop but after one drink its all I can think about. I don't know how to enjoy myself any more without it. I get moody, severe anxiety, depression and such bad agitation all the time. It is horrible. I hate this drug, it has ruined me. I am broke all the time, I am angry, sad, sometimes suicidal and I don't know how to stop this. I am too scared to tell my family and non of my friends know just how bad it has gotten. I miss the old me.... I don't like the person I am now.

  39. Alexandra says

    I am a 24 year old girl who has been living in London for 2 years and last October came back home to Australia. I had never touched coke before London but all my friends over there did it every weekend, sometimes during the week. They would be these huge binges that would go for a whole weekend, we wouldn't sleep and would just keep ordering more and more. It is relatively cheap over there and we all started to spiral out of control. Now I am home and still addicted, I use it every weekend as does my boyfriend. We have both tried to stop but after one drink its all I can think about. I don't know how to enjoy myself any more without it. I get moody, severe anxiety, depression and such bad agitation all the time. It is horrible. I hate this drug, it has ruined me. I am broke all the time, I am angry, sad, sometimes suicidal and I don't know how to stop this. I am too scared to tell my family and non of my friends know just how bad it has gotten. I miss the old me.... I don't like the person I am now.

  40. Tanya says

    I'm 15. Soon I'm going to turn 16. I live in United kingdom and I'm addicted to cocaine. I've been doing it for a year. I can't not do it because I get very bad cravings. I have to have aleast about 4 to 6 lines everyday or every 2 days to feel okay. I have spent lots of money on it and I am in a massive debt. I need help. I cannot tell anyone from my family. I've been stealing and lying... I need this to stop

  41. Tanya says

    I'm 15. Soon I'm going to turn 16. I live in United kingdom and I'm addicted to cocaine. I've been doing it for a year. I can't not do it because I get very bad cravings. I have to have aleast about 4 to 6 lines everyday or every 2 days to feel okay. I have spent lots of money on it and I am in a massive debt. I need help. I cannot tell anyone from my family. I've been stealing and lying... I need this to stop

  42. George says

    I have been doing cocaine for three months. I didn't realize I had a problem until last week when I had these strong urges that twisted my stomach. I'm a father who has two young kids and a wife has a gambling problem. I do coke about once a week, but recently I've been doing it twice. I always talk myself in setting money aside for it. I don't drink, but I chew tobacco. I feel that without chewing tobacco I don't get the same high with coke. Its weird because tobacco has been a life long problem. I smoked for ten years, but then got married and quit. After being sober of cigs for 5 years I started dipping. Then about nine months into dipping I started coke. I have done drugs decade ago but mostly ice and it was just a few times. I had coke on ice and never felt any difference. Now I am older I have realized coke is very powerful and I just hope I'm able to shake it before my wife finds out.

  43. George says

    I have been doing cocaine for three months. I didn't realize I had a problem until last week when I had these strong urges that twisted my stomach. I'm a father who has two young kids and a wife has a gambling problem. I do coke about once a week, but recently I've been doing it twice. I always talk myself in setting money aside for it. I don't drink, but I chew tobacco. I feel that without chewing tobacco I don't get the same high with coke. Its weird because tobacco has been a life long problem. I smoked for ten years, but then got married and quit. After being sober of cigs for 5 years I started dipping. Then about nine months into dipping I started coke. I have done drugs decade ago but mostly ice and it was just a few times. I had coke on ice and never felt any difference. Now I am older I have realized coke is very powerful and I just hope I'm able to shake it before my wife finds out.

  44. Randy says

    34 now.... and have been addicted to snorting coke (3 grams each time i binge, which can be every 4 days for over 10 years now).... in recent it has cost me my job my girlfriend, my family I have no more money... once where i was considered by most to be quite successful. I have been to three treatment centres and gone through numerous 12 step programs. I have had tones of support and love... In my heart of hearts i want to live again. I have been blessed with so many good things but i can't seem to appreciate them over the drugs. I feel like a lost case to the point where i am starting to believe i have lost my soul and can't be saved i feel nothing no love or sadness. Spoken to people and they tell me i have not hit my bottom I'm not desperate enough or i don't want to let go, i feel like telling them i do but i get sucked back when i least expect it the longest i stayed clean was a year and 6 months and then after that 6 months then it was 3 months now i can't put a week together. I plan on going to Africa for business in a week or two for a month i know i don't use or drink when I'm away from home but the minute i land home i end up using almost the same day. I truly feel cursed or possessed.

  45. Randy says

    34 now.... and have been addicted to snorting coke (3 grams each time i binge, which can be every 4 days for over 10 years now).... in recent it has cost me my job my girlfriend, my family I have no more money... once where i was considered by most to be quite successful. I have been to three treatment centres and gone through numerous 12 step programs. I have had tones of support and love... In my heart of hearts i want to live again. I have been blessed with so many good things but i can't seem to appreciate them over the drugs. I feel like a lost case to the point where i am starting to believe i have lost my soul and can't be saved i feel nothing no love or sadness. Spoken to people and they tell me i have not hit my bottom I'm not desperate enough or i don't want to let go, i feel like telling them i do but i get sucked back when i least expect it the longest i stayed clean was a year and 6 months and then after that 6 months then it was 3 months now i can't put a week together. I plan on going to Africa for business in a week or two for a month i know i don't use or drink when I'm away from home but the minute i land home i end up using almost the same day. I truly feel cursed or possessed.

  46. Andre says

    i am a user for ten years on and off and it justs steals everything from me i have tried to stop and ill go for a couple of months, and then ill see it in a movieor on tv or i see an old buddy shit like that. and ill go out and get it. I know I need to stop and i dont even enjoy it anymore. it feels good to just tell people this thanks for reading

  47. Andre says

    i am a user for ten years on and off and it justs steals everything from me i have tried to stop and ill go for a couple of months, and then ill see it in a movieor on tv or i see an old buddy shit like that. and ill go out and get it. I know I need to stop and i dont even enjoy it anymore. it feels good to just tell people this thanks for reading

  48. derek says

    I'm lying in bed right now and I can't sleep because I have been sniffing cocaine for the last 24 hours strait. I have been binging for about 8 years now. I tell myself every time it's going to be the last but it never is. Please God how can I make these cravings go away. This drug is the devil and it has kept me from becoming the person I could have been. Pleaseee help.

  49. derek says

    I'm lying in bed right now and I can't sleep because I have been sniffing cocaine for the last 24 hours strait. I have been binging for about 8 years now. I tell myself every time it's going to be the last but it never is. Please God how can I make these cravings go away. This drug is the devil and it has kept me from becoming the person I could have been. Pleaseee help.

  50. Jay says

    disclaimer: im on my first NEGATIVE binge and i DO NOT like what im seeing.please excuse my run on sentences and rambling.i just feel out of wack right now but im being honest and sincere when typing this.

    Im a 20 yr old young man whose hasnt even been doing coke that long(less than 5 months) but tonight at my job was a sure sign that i need to stop immediately and get help..im currently on my first real ADDICT binge and i don't like it at all.last night at work(i wait tables) i felt horrible..even while on it!it felt like i couldnt operate or function properly.i was speaking in a low scared tone all night i was mentally out of it. and doing it only brought me to a non depressive state(i felt like it was the only way i could think straight).i was slow and unresponsive and every everyday sympton from my excessive molly use came out to play(low self esteem,anxiety,depression)and tho i experience these feelings daily,tonight they really consumed me.i want to fix this problem quick. ive already decided to get a psychologist and book into rehab by the end of this week.im watching all my dreams fade away and i want to honestly see a change in me quickly .any advice you can give.please help me!

    sorry for rambling once again.

  51. Rob says

    Words can't express how evil and powerful this drug is. I even using for 15 years. It creeps up on you and it gets to the point where u don't enjoy it anymore but u stll use.even after loosing job family and a property I still find a place for this evil thing cocaine in my life. I feel for all you people out there . God help us .

  52. trying to help says

    My partner was heavily addicted to snorting cocaine before I met him.He had a serious problem with the stuff. When we got serious and I found out about the issue I asked him he had to leave his circle of friends, move away from the area and cut all ties as a step to dropping the addiction (which I understand is extremely difficult)which he agreed to. I have never seen anyone in such a state before and it's so hard to watch someone you love struggle like that every day. My partner is doing so well having not been around drugs for at least 1 year now which is an amazing achievement and makes me so proud of him. I just would like to know if there is anything else I can do to help him through this as I couldn't begin to imagine how hard it must be every day. Please give me some advice so I can try to make things better for him?

  53. skyman says

    I'm shooting about a ball a day. I'm getting to the point where if I don't feel like I'm going to od then I'm not high enough. I was clean for more than 18 and relapsed about 5 months ago on pain pills after my knee surgery. Well I pretty much knew it was only a matter of time until I try coke again. So sure enough two weeks ago I got a call saying that my pill buddies got coke. I made them save me some for the next day. So I did some on Wed morning and I think I shot up Thursday night. It's been off the hook since. I'm losing everything I had gained back from being sober. The things I'm putting my wife and kids through is unreal! So I called a guy I've looked up to since I first started trying to get sober. He tells me to flush the shit and hit my knees. So I flushed what I had taken from the 8 ball witch wasn't much. Saying I was done after this next shot, cause I didn't flush that! Long story short I'm up at 6am wanting more when I was supposed to call Dan. Wtf!! Talk about hopelessness! The thing is I know I can't do it alone, yet I can't do it with help either. I don't know where else to turn?

  54. Stephen Mckinney says

    I am killing myself with cocaine, I have been doing coke for 15 years and I can't stop,have tried everything, rehab,counselling, moving job, moved different countries, nothing works, I have lost everything and fucked every opportunity I have had cause I am the problem,wish It would just take me,I am so tired of it all, I feel sick cause I know that something bad always happens when I do it, but still I do it,it will kill me eventually and that will.kill.my mum so she will also become a.victim thro me.How selfish is that, knowing that but still.I do.it, I am beyond help.

  55. Sunrise34 says

    I've been binging for about two years now and I hate myself afterwards, almost suicidal. No one knows and I do it by myself. As I sit here watching another sunrise, I know, just like I knew the last time and the time before that that this has to stop. I haven't lost everything like a lot of the folks here, but I'm definitely heading down that path. Every time I use, I feel like I'm selling my soul and loosing a part of my self that I'll never get back. I want to get help, but I don't want anyone to know. Please help

  56. Islah says

    My husband was a long time addict to crack before I met him. When I met him he had been sober two years. Now I realize he wasn't really sober for that long because about a year of that he was incarcerated...and that time doesn't count for much. We got married and he was sober to crack, but had a serious addiction to sugar and sweets. I could not believe he had to stop at every single store in the hood to purchase little Debbie's. Spend $3 to$5 every time. Clearly it is an addictive personality that he possesses. Anyways, we married in 2011 and he was sober until June 2013. What he claims his trigger was (which to me is a BS excuse) was that everything was being taken from him... I had gone to prison for something I allegedly committed in 2010, my sister took charge of our son after promising to allow my husband to take care of him... so instead of using this time to further the greatest reputation he had build for his work in the community he turn to crack, women, addiction, alcohol! I found out on a phone call in prison.... Think for a minute how that feels for a women to be away from her entire family... and her husband tells her he relapsed! He has never taken personal responsibility for his own addictions. He always tries to blame other people, things, situations. I got out of prison WAY BEFORE MY TIME BY THE GRACE AND MERCY OF GOD AS HE ANSWERED MY PRAYERS... As they say BE careful what your wish for. I wanted to come out so bad to help save my husband... 48 the punt the whole community disowned me for being with him. People would literally going around saying that they would have helped me of I want with him. Well.... he just strolled in from a 5 day binge... I just told him it's either rehab today or the streets. Please pray for us! If I don't drop him off today somewhere I know he will keep playing this game.... (or is it a game)? How do wives/girlfriends/family members put their foot down to this Demon? I need a piece place to vent and tell my story hope you can ask give me advice.

  57. JUST a LIL smidge says

    Derik--- snap im laying on my bed right now not slept for 48hours done about 12tickets G but i can honestly say yh i have a habbit wen i get on it which depending on how the weeks month has gone, who ya been with blah blah u lot no wat i mean depends on how much i get on it but wen i do it i do it for 1 maybe 2 , 3 or even 4 whole days n nights , but adding to my problem ive got the biggest sex drive i no out off all the people i know and they wud n do all agree with that and so me n gf if shes here have our fun four hours u all no then i cannot stop wanking she'll be asleep next to me n i cant stop rite now shes at her mums n the last 48hours i see her for about 6hours but i cant stop playing with myself whilst on the coke n the coke just another thing to do inbertween the coke cock wanks n i cudnt tell u n express to u all how much it fucks me off!! missing work letting my gf down feeling like shit getting a sore cock all of that... but hands down the only time i get tempted n it all starts is wen i go round or out with friends then they mention it i say to myself yh y not have a couple then go home leave them doing wat they want then just starts going downhill wank line wank fat line u get the gist i swear this isnt healthy n it really bugs me sorry im a lil fucked atm (but least im off porn i suppose lol) so it may be abit gibber jabber but its the truth im addict to sexual activities (haha activities sorry sounded good) whilst on coke n my gf who i love very much is slowly starting to give up on me n i really dont want to loose her .....please any ideas people o n im 23 its prob been on n off for about a year any suggestions ........

    but reading through ur comments of how its messed up ur lifes but glad to see people trying to do somthing about it i did take photos of some of ur comments so wen i feel like doing it i may have a quick read through n i think it mite steer me otherwise n i didnt or dont mean any offence in there im just thankyou u shared what u did, love to u all n WISH U ALL WELL AND CLEAN!! =)

    O JUST ONE MORE THING SORRY ABOUT THE LANGUAGE IM STILL ON IT XX PEACE

  58. Lisa says

    My boy friend has been using coke for about 20 years. All the same promises not to do it anymore, i'm sure you've heard all the horror stories. I kicked him out last weekend and haven't heard from him since. I'm soooo scared he's going to die and he's in denial. How can I get him to admit he's an addict so he can help? And how do you trust that he won't relapse?

  59. aaron says

    Im lieing in bed right now, trying to sleep, coming down from a night snorting, binging, drinking, popping pills. I just slept with my ex's bestfriend the girl who im in love with. Of course she told her, now I know she'll never give me another chance, all because I was high on cocaine.I recently had a foot surgery, which got infected and have to have another, so I don't get out much and a friend of mine comes over with it, and I get high all night, I just did 2 grams last night, and another one tonight. I hate who I am and what Ive become. I feel gulty and ashamed. I thought I was different, I thought I was strong, turns out Im weak willed and addicted. I always kept it under control, but now I use everynight. I was a promising youth too, gifted at school & sports, then I found cocaine, I lost my will to succeed and seem intent on self destruction, especially with the one I love, who now hates me, leaving me. It seems my friends, can get high and then just be good, but I cant just be good, I have to drink, smoke, pop pills and have sex. I say I need help all the time to my friends, but after 1 talk, they leave me to my own and I get high. Im losing myslelf in this whole process, my core beliefs, the things that make me who I am, I don't even know myself anymore, I cant be with anybody, because I hate myself. How can I love others, when I don't love myself. Hopeless & heartbroken.

  60. sooo tired of it says

    Ok ive always had to deal with the one i love most doing drugs.some of the people in my life and now im with thisman who means the world to me and he makes me soo happy and in love we.have been liveing together for 2 years now and we act like wwere married. We are but no papers. Im not going anywhere and hes not gunna me. He has a BIG BIG problem with coke. When we first got together. He did it alot more then what he does now but this is how it was in the beginning it never bothered me as much as it does now it seems like thats all he ever wants to do he stop going out to the bar and now does it home. He knows how i feel about it and what ive went thu. We fight allll the time bc i throw him an attitude as soon as i come home and he is doing it every other day. I dont want to get mad about it and fight about it no more. He tells me a person cant make someone change thats bullshit if he loves me the way he does and everryone who knows us knows how much hes in love but i feel like im to my braking point. We always fight.when.he does it. I love.him but i WANT AND NEED HIM TO STOP SOMEONE PLEASEE HELP US. He is hatian and he is very stubborn and its his way or no way most of the time im spoiled and stubborn also. So i get mad i want to talk about it and all my probloms and he dont im a mess i feel like i hate the person he is when he uses but i dont he is my man i love him some one please help.me understandwhat i should do should i leave him or stay and enable it i cant control how it makes me get sooo red hot now and i want to leave and go somewhere ever time he does it PLEASE HELP ME WHAT DO DO TO GRT HIM TO STOPBD heartbroken

  61. kat says

    The only way to stop is complete stop all - drinking that is the trigger is the one start with . No drink no blow. Find another way to be happy , only solution.

  62. sergiomomesso says

    i have been using cocaine for 15 years and have found out the one trigger that surpasses all triggers is ALCOHOL. If I don't drink. I don't do blow. Simple as that. My wife has left me and threatened to take my child away for good. If this doesn't make me stop I may be on the road to death quicker than I thought.

  63. Anonymous says

    Hello im coming off of coke as im typing.Im 31 year old male married no kids. I have been doing coke since 2001 since my "cool cholo" cousin forced me to take some . Ever since i have been a mess been to jail 4x not caring but in reality i feel like a scared little kid who tried to be cool only to be an outcast and antisocial with a very polite attitude but when i get angry i lose it .I get in a non caring attitude not caring wether i live or die ...I cant keep going like this i fear for others and myself...I wish i had the balls to go live in the wild away from temptation and sins. I need to get closer to God i have disrespected him very bad especially on cocaine....This is not the type of person i want to be . I messed up my military career and dream of becoming a cop. This life sucks i cant wait to get to the next stage in life but i want to leave in good terms and i relly hope their is a mission for me in this world ....Please if you can send me a reply with some encouragement i really need it guys . Why did this happen to me ??? I was smart responsible outgoing and all that has been fading away i have many homicidal thoughts please this is not normal. Im scared to ask for help in person .,,,,Im ashamed . I really would love for our higher power to help me and guide me to be someone in life and not just another statistic ..,..I hope everyone here recovers and betters their life . My wife it saddens me ....she wants to quit but my relpses have also been the cause of her relapses......I hope next time I OD since i havent learned my lesson .,,,,,,What do i do????? Ive been thru halfway houses SAFPF multiple rehabs 12 step meetings sponsors ....

  64. says

    I am 54 yrs old and have been addicted To heroin for 4o yrs along with cocaine and I have managed to what I think stay on top of the heroin problem but not really because smoking crack has now became an everyday demon and now I know that I must stop. I have been through every treatment imaginable and to not much avail. Lost it all 3x but I have came to the conclusion that this is a life time problem and the only chance I have is God. He has helped me in unbelievable ways. Anotherwords He has given me the tools to quit and even showed me how to use them but it is up to me nomatter how hard it may be to completely stop. We must over power something that at times we believe is much stronger than us. We will never be totally right ever again but the less we do the better it will be and that is the satisfaction that we must put in place of the high until the end. God bless and good luck to everyone who is stuck in this Hell on earth. DONT GIVE UP!!!

  65. nina says

    I have just discovered a close relative has been doing cocaine and pain killers for several years now..I am a believer in Jesus and the power of prayer, and I believe there is a demon associated with these addictions. There has been such a feeling of hopelessness by the user trying to quit, or asking for help. It's a country wide problem and probably worldwide as well, but for each one it must be a living hell, and knowing so many others suffer the same way doesn't make it any easier I'm sure. I would like to pray for them, for their release from this addiction, and strength and will power to stay sober. I believe that God loves them, and has the only answer. It may not seem to the addict that he is loved..he may feel alone in his suffering. But there is a way out..and a person who is very much interested. His name is Jesus Christ and he paid for the sins of the world, including the sins of the addict. He offers forgiveness for anyone who asks, and will give them new life in exchange for their search for the truth. The bible says 'All have sinned and come short of the glory of God' It goes on to say 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever would believe on him, would not perish but have eternal life' and that 'if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.'
    If a person is in the clutches of this demonic influence, possibly the only way to be truely released is to get on the other side, with God as his defender. There is no risk in trying...after all else fails. The bible also says 'Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.' I believe there is hope...for the person who desperately cries out to God.

  66. says

    Nina- Ultimately you are probably correct for a person of faith who has fallen into abuse.
    The problem for me is being diligent in the pursuit of freedom from addiction thru spiritual practices.
    The very nature of the drug demon is to make it most difficult, to cause one to want to give up and return to using. As most people of faith know, it's a long , difficult journey and seldom will you see a sudden miracle cure. These things must, in most cases, be worked thru with time , pain, suffering and an unbreakable steadfast faith. ...That is almost impossible for an addict to do alone.....That is who I am and I cannot quit, I will quit with spiritual help, but i need to check into a medically professional rehab to make it happen. I have tried and tried spiritual only and I am just not strong enough to do that alone

  67. chuck says

    you can quit just replace the good feeling you get from coke with something else.
    i used motorcycle my brother sky diving

    you brain is used to a rush from drugs now just replace it with something exciting....scuba,hoops,hockey,biking ANYTHING.....food, sex, running, college, pottery class.

    everytime you want to get high get up and do something else.....bowling, movies, boxing ANYTHING
    to give you a rush

    if i can quit after a ball a week for ten years anyone can!

  68. Fabio says

    Hi everybody , here´s Fabio from Brazil.So , forgime me about the bad english.
    I really believe that there´s a kind of demom like Nina said , but the problem is that this demom makes me ( forgot to say , I´m cocaine addicted) stay away from God.What I´m trying to explain is that I cannot find a good reason when trying to quit.
    In this line I would like to comment Chuck´s post.I know there are lots of ways to have fun , to replace cocaine pleasuer , problem is that I suffer from depression ( it begins when I was 24 , now I´m 43 and 3 year addicted , so there is not a strog relation) , and like the doctor said in the article cocaine brings pleasuare cause it changes dopamine , serotonime and other hormones that are related to pleasure .And this makes all the difference , after 3 days whitout cocaine I kind of trash!!!!More than a " normal" addicted.I can deal whit craving , and this stuffs , but I feel so down that I have to use agin.Is unbeliveable , 5 minutes after snell?(is it rigth?)let me say just use again , I happy again.Sorry , I have other things to say : Was in all kinds of psycologist , psychiatr ( going now) and used all kind of anti depressive , take this pills and others to sleep or anxiety since i Was 24 old.If you ask me If it helps I´ll say that some of them make felt better ( nothing like the guy I was before 24 years age).But cfocaine make feel the " good" Fabio.This thing is " better" than all I can buy in drugstore.Just for the records , what I use is trash , once I was in Italy I tried a pure cocaine , so this one (98% non cocaine , impure) should be easy to leave.
    I must continue , rehah is a crazy thing , I speak about brazilian clinics and cause I was in the best of all.Not for cocaine , to leave the anxiety pills ( I was abusing) , was about 10 years ago , so no cocaine.Problem is that this people thinks the addicted is a idiot , I am sick , not dummie!!!
    The only way I think that I can leave it is having peace whit my books, but I can´t try , my mom keeps annoyng ( I know is for love , but must be me and my books for 15 days at least) , friends ( good ones) calling .Is difficult to not depressed people understand that I love them but I need a little break of .

    Well , sorry about the terrible english , thanks a lot for the patience and a great 2015 to all of you.

    Fabio.

  69. eric says

    So I want to quit but I find a way to always do. It. Its consuming me. I do a ball a day. And. Havnt slept in 3 days. But then I don't do it for few days then I do. I hang with non users but I find a way to do it secretly. I just did a ball and half in last 24hrs and want more. Is this normal to do so much at once? And what is the amount to od and die. I work at a. Restaurant and recently seen. Its everywhere now and hard to stay away from it. I'm depressed and hate myself to let. Myself get here. Not that it's good but I have had all sorts of. Drugs offered to me and I never done it and refused to even start and try. I have strong. Will power there but super weak with coke. How is that possible

  70. Thinking out loud says

    sometimes when that little monster start talking to you ... you just gotta tell it to shut up your not gonna play with them today !! it might be hard at first because it's like a kid it wants to play . stand firm and keep telling it no . just like a child it will move on letting it's hold on you go . self talk your-self to a better place . one day at a time !!

  71. Aura says

    Mine came clean to me last night. It's tearing my family apart. He broke down because I told him he was going to lose us. I need to know how to help him.

  72. Tony says

    I use cocaine everyday, I work hard and make a lot of money most days in excess of £450 worse day £300, I work 7 days a week and don't let this habit interfere with my work. My girlfriend hates it and has never used it, she knows instantly when I'm on it and this causes major problems for us.

    Like every user I have justifications such as

    1) it's my money
    2) I look after everyone financially
    3) I pay all the bills and everything else
    4) it doesn't afftect my work
    5) I'm a fully grown man I will do as I please
    6) I don't hurt anyone or do any wrong while using
    7) I don't drink alcohol at all
    8) I don't go out drinking or clubbing
    9) I'm really friendly and generous while using
    10) I love cocaine

    Am I right or wrong?? In my opinion ciggerettes and alcohol are 10 times worse.

    My friends say you deserve to do as you please as you still get up at 8am everyday and get the work done, you still make ridiculous amounts of money and your far from shy with it if anybody needs your help.

    Any comments are welcome

  73. susan jacobs says

    everywhere you turn to for help it's about money.there is no good help out there if you can't pay.the attitudes of the free help is rude and disrespectful..where can people turn to with no money....no it's not me it's my son he's 42 and he's been trying to stop for a number of years now but he keeps relapsing... he's trying so hard....HELP.

  74. J20 says

    Cocaine is terrible there's no justification, it's stripped me of everything, the best and only way now is up starting fresh and cutting out all my so called mates who continue to go down that route, time to go old school and get my head back into religion as it seems the only good that ever come good

  75. Sherita says

    My husband was sober from doing crack for 1 1/2 year. Well last night he was snorting it. I woke up this morning for work with him on his way home (from the party he was having by himself with the drug). I really want to help him because he doesn't want to do the drug but the drug keeps calling him. He said it is a hard drug to fight. I don't know what to do!!!! Please give advise

  76. says

    Tony its smart to get money but doing cocaine why where does it get you I have tried and my fathers done it for plenty of years and I hated it it waste you money for you just to get high and sleep you should try to give up on it

  77. Carol says

    My son is a cocaine addict (I think) or that's what he told me.
    He spends every cent on it and if he has no money, he buys booze instead.
    He also pees the bed every night. Is this a side effect of cocaine?
    He is 32 and just getting wore, has no where to live now as he never pays his rent. Is also very delusional. I am scared for him but he always has an excuse not to go for help.

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