Antidote helpline:
Contact us to discuss your drug or alcohol issues on 020 7833 1674 (10am-6pm, Monday to Friday). Ask for one of the Antidote Team.



Cocaine is used widely and seen as a very socially acceptable drug in some circles which can sometimes lead to use spiraling out of control and becoming compulsive. Though some use it safely and sensibly, without it impacting finances, work or other social activities, others can find it becoming a compulsive "must have", and find that socialising or having sex – sometimes even doing our jobs – difficult to do without it.


For some it can become such a crutch that they find themselves up for days, home alone, dishonoring their responsibilities or neglecting their health. Others can adopt a lifestyle of endless partying and chaotic sexual encounters. Mixing coke and sex can also lead to losing our boundaries in regard to safer sex.


Though not physically addictive, cocaine has enormous potential to become psychologically addictive, and imagining life without it can cause anxiety.


Injecting cocaine can be very dangerous in regard to overdosing, damage to veins or contracting HIV or Hep C. A search on YouTube can find videos of how to inject more safely, or an Antidote worker at London Friend can give you tips and provide you with clean needles. The Pharmacy needle exchange scheme allows you to collect clean needles anonymously and discreetly at certain pharmacies. The pharmacy at Boots, Piccadilly Circus is part of the scheme and is open till midnight seven days a week.


If you wish to have a friendly and discreet chat with an Antidote worker at London Friend, we're here to help.


Access a list of our services or contact us to discuss your needs: or call us on 020 7833 1674.

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