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Posted by Christine on October 31, 2000 at 14:26:48:

In Reply to: I think I have a cocaine problem. posted by Tricky on October 30, 2000 at 20:24:20:

: i'm new to the board, so I'm not sure if anyone else is experiencing this, as I've seen posts on other topics, but not to many on coke. Basically, I think I have a problem. I've used coke recreationally for about 4 yrs, but a few months ago I think things began to get a bit out of control. I have not hit "rock bottom" as people say. I still have a great job and a great house, but often I find myself doing way more of the drug than I intended. Often, I'll use coke even after I promised myself I wouldn't.

: It has been even harder for me not to use b/c my b/f (who I live with) and our two best friends (another couple) use coke as well. Whenever the four of us are together we end up buying coke ans staying up till all hrs smoking cigarettes and doing lines. I can't tell anyone I think I need help. How does one start to get out of an addiction situation without leaving friends behind?

Hi - I started out as a "recreational" user - doing lines and staying up all night when I was in my early 20's and in the restarant biz.. - it progresses - it is a very insisdious drug - I ended up shooting it, smoking it - never doing just lines again because the high was never as intense as these methods. I lost my kids, my job and my self-respect. I am currently in recovery - my life gets better every day - I am very lucky - I did leave some friends behind, though, and believe me, when push comes to shove, your real friends will stick by you. Please, if you think you have a problem, quit now - it is just not worth how it completely wrecks your life. Good luck -

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