Cocaine Abuse (Addiction)

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What symptoms did your cocaine abuse cause? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: INLIMBO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I have been a heavy user of cocaine over 8 years now, taking it nearly every day now. I have it on my own, I suffer depression, anxiety panic attacks, and phobia, never go out or socialize anymore, let myself go, lost bond with kids, feel isolated, lonely, and scared. I feel I am 2 different people; a monster inside me wakes up for cocaine, I sell myself sometimes, cash for sex, so I get cocaine every night. That’s all I think about; where I am to find more cash to get another bag. My nose has a hole so bad I can put the whole of my finger in, feel bones of jaw and cheekbone. My throat dries up so bad I gag for breath, when coke sticks to my vocal chords it takes away my voice till I can cough ok. I blow scabs out every day to clear my nose, my eyes water all the time and I think my right side face has actually dropped. My eyes are not the same as each other, one has drooped down a bit, and my fingers on my left hand are constantly numb. I am scared I will die soon. I am 45 years old and ashamed of myself. I hate myself so much I want to die.

Comment from: Really??, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 11

I am 47, and I am in disbelief that I am doing this cocaine abuse, that I judged harshly others for. I have chronic pain and doctors don’t help. I have to work through major pain. On my feet 9 hours a day, no break, and nothing else works, or I am allergic. And I just was diagnosed with CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder). In spite of my knowledge! And life skills. I have a psychology degree and years of therapy. Still I have that and I can’t control or stop its effects. I get triggered nightmares etc., breathe through triggers and snow to feel like myself.

Comment from: Kitty , 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 12

To everybody out there who suffers with cocaine abuse, you will make it you will survive. Nobody believes me when I tell them what I've been through, it's not funny, but I'm not going to say it because anyway most people think I'm making up everything; that's how horrible it has been for me. It's literally like a nightmare; yeah, I'm alive. If I can do it you can do it. I've had a liver transplant and addiction issues and things go on and on from there. Please be by each other, no love-hate, only love people.

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