How to stop taking cocaine with alcohol

Do you get cravings for cocaine every time you drink alcohol? Here's why it happens and how you can stop taking cocaine with alcohol.

Stopping using cocaine with alcohol

You’ve decided that you’re not going to take cocaine any more. But as soon as you have a drink you find yourself using it again. Sound familiar?

Why alcohol makes you crave cocaine

When you mix alcohol with cocaine it creates another drug in your body called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene is similar to cocaine but gives a stronger and longer-lasting “buzz”.

It’s this buzz you start to crave once you’ve had a few drinks. But plenty of people do manage to quit cocaine and you can too.

Risks of mixing alcohol and cocaine

Cocaine makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure. This increases your risk of having a heart attack.

Cocaethylene is more harmful for your heart than cocaine.

This means you have a higher risk of having a heart attack when you mix cocaine with alcohol compared with taking cocaine on its own.

Taking cocaine with alcohol also means you drink more, which has its own risks.

Get to know your triggers

Make a list of all the things that make you want to take cocaine - in other words, your triggers.

Are you more likely to take it:

  • after having an argument with your partner?
  • when you get paid?
  • when you go to a particular pub or bar?

By identifying the triggers that drive your cocaine use you can start to think of ways to avoid them.

Decide how you’re going to handle cravings

Even if you do your best to avoid your triggers you may still experience cravings for cocaine.

It’s helpful to make a plan for when this happens.

How will you distract yourself? What will you do instead?

Change your routines

When you’re trying to shake off an unwanted habit, it’s important to replace it with new habits and routines.

For example, if you usually take cocaine on a Friday night, make that your gym night instead.

If you usually take cocaine with friends at the weekend, perhaps arrange to see them for lunch or a coffee on a week day instead.

Forming new routines and habits will retrain your brain so that your old habits no longer have such a grip on you.

Think about having a break from alcohol

If you start thinking about cocaine every time you have a drink, consider giving up alcohol for a bit.

This will help to break the link your brain has made between alcohol and cocaine.

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