With more British people than ever using cocaine, and dying from its effects, it’s vital to raise awareness of this toxic combination. In this blog, you can read about the health implications of cocaethylene.
A recovering addict, Jamie, explains why he mixed alcohol and cocaine. And what does treatment population data tell us about the number of alcohol and cocaine users in England?
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Jamie is in recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction, achieved through rehab and Cocaine Anonymous meetings. Here, Jamie explains how he used cocaine to fuel and prolong heavy-drinking sessions.
“I drank alcohol for 20 years – first to be part of the crowd and in the end because I couldn’t stop. I was addicted to the buzz of alcohol from the start, feeling like I could say and do whatever I wanted. But as things went on, I hated being completely out of it. Waking up in the morning in strange places, no memory, trying to piece together what happened.
“I’ve never known anything like alcohol and cocaine comedowns – heart thumping, sweating, paranoia, desperate to switch my head off, body completely wrecked. That was my idea of fun for a decade – the hamster wheel of Hell, I call it.
“Towards the end of my addiction, I told friends I was laying off the coke. I’d swear off, believing I was done. But I couldn’t see the truth about alcohol until rehab. Once I had a drink inside me, I had to have cocaine. All that will power went out the window.
“By 33, I was a broken man. I couldn’t hold down a job. I was stealing from my partner. I was in the back of ambulances. I was so sick and tired of it all. Rehab helped me to see the truth – alcohol got me addicted and cocaine finished me off. Both of them had to go to break my addiction for good.”
875,000 people used powder cocaine in 2017-18. But what proportion of these people mix cocaine and alcohol?
The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System reports each year on drug and alcohol treatment clients in England – with the following data available on alcohol and cocaine addiction:
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