“ARE YOU SPENDING MORE ON COCAINE THAN YOU USED TO?”
“HAVE YOU GONE FROM DOING COCAINE ON THE WEEKEND, TO PICKING UP ON THE WEEK DAYS TOO?”
“DO YOU FIND THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE A LINE EVEN WHEN YOU’RE JUST POPPING OUT FOR A PINT AT YOUR LOCAL?”
“ARE YOU SHORT-TEMPERED AND SNAPPY WHEN YOU’RE NOT USING COCAINE?”
“DO YOU NEED TO DO A LINE JUST TO FEEL NORMAL?”
“DO YOU WANT TO CARRY ON GETTING MORE WHEN EVERYONE ELSE JUST WANTS TO GO HOME AT THE END OF THE NIGHT?”
“DO YOU FIND YOURSELF SCRAPING OR LICKING OLD BITS OF COCAINE OFF OLD WRAPS OR BANK CARDS?”
“IS HAVING A SUPPLY OF COCAINE OR EVEN YOUR DEALER NEARBY, VITAL WHEN PLANNING YOUR NIGHT OUT?”
“DO YOU JUSTIFY TO YOURSELF (AND SOMETIMES OTHERS) THAT YOUR DEALER IS A GOOD MATE, LOOKING AFTER YOUR NEEDS AND IS DOING YOU A HUGE FAVOUR WHEN HE GIVES YOU ON TICK?”
“DO YOU FEEL PANICKY AFTER THE LAST LINE AND YOU CAN’T GET HOLD OF YOUR DEALER?”
“ARE YOU GETTING INTO WORK AND POPPING OFF TO THE TOILETS FREQUENTLY TO USE, JUST TO GET YOU THROUGH THE DAY?”
“DO YOU SACRIFICE FOOD GROCERIES PAYING YOUR RENT IN ORDER TO BUY MORE DRUGS?”
Does any of this sound a little too familiar? Then perhaps you should read on….
OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
Although is not possible to become physically addicted to cocaine (as opposed to heroin or alcohol for example) and, let’s be honest, cocaine use is now as socially acceptable as having a joint at a party was in the eighties, there are some big health risks associated with its use.
If you have been using cocaine for a while you are increasingly running a risk of psychological dependency.
The risk of serious health problems or even overdosing increases when you use cocaine with alcohol, or if you mix it with other drugs. Cocaine and alcohol combined creates another drug in your body that’s far more lethal than coke alone. You can actually become addicted to that drug!
Cocaine is more risky to people with high blood pressure; it’s been known for heart attacks to occur after just one line!
As you get older the risk of serious health problems increase hugely. Over 50’s are more at risk from heart attack due to cocaine use, and the fact you were ok the previous thousand times you had a line does not mean you will be this time!
Long term cocaine use can bring on serious mental health problems; even more so if there’s a history of mental health issues in your family. Other mental health problems associated with long term cocaine use are anxiety, depression paranoia and panic attacks.
Using too much cocaine can cause some serious damage to your nose. The cartilage can become misshaped; ending up with one nostril much larger than the other. You’ve seen the celebrities who after banging away on the coke for years, have undergone nose reconstruction!
Heavy cocaine use can also burn a hole in the mucous membrane in the nose.
Cocaine can damage your stomach creating ulcers in the stomach lining. Rubbing cocaine on your teeth can cause the enamel to wear away and even your gums to recede! You might be needing some false teeth along with that nose job!
Bank notes carry traces of cocaine, urine and some nasty germs too. It’s not just the cocaine you snort up through that rolled up note.
If anything on this page sounds uncomfortably familiar or is causing you to worry, then it is probably worth getting some advice. After all, an informed decision is often the best decision- what have you got to lose?
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