Meet Charlotte, 20, from Wilmslow. This self-confessed ‘wild child,’ who loved to party, developed an expensive cocaine addiction that threatened to hijack her law studies. This is Charlotte’s story about her journey from Grade A student to Class A cocaine addict and how Port of Call helped her access drug rehab and take back control.
I glided through school pretty effortlessly really. I found the academic side came easily to me and I never had problems making friends. Both of those strengths came in handy when I started boarding school at seven years old. I missed my parents but soon revelled in living away from home with a massive circle of friends to keep me entertained.
I suppose you could say that I spent most of my time with the ‘cool kids.’ I’d get invited to huge house parties and then, when we reached our teens and could pass for 18 year olds, we started clubbing in Manchester.
I tried poppers at 15, moved on to MDMA by 16, and then discovered cocaine at our A-Level leavers ball. I was shocked to find some friends were taking it in the toilets. But I tried it to see what all the fuss was about. In any case, I was celebrating. I’d got straight As in my exams, which secured my place at Manchester University to study law.
Most of my closest friends decided to study or stay around Manchester too and, with my circle of friends at uni, my social life was busier than ever. Cocaine was everywhere I went. Every party, every club, and even at my student halls. I’d always be first in line for a line. I was under pressure to succeed in my course but mostly I hated the thought of missing out. I began showing signs of cocaine addiction.
It got way out of hand. At one stage I was going out six nights a week and snorting coke on most of them. My parents gave me an allowance, ironically thinking that a student loan would saddle me with debt, but it was quickly spent each month. I was terrified that they’d find out and start asking questions. So I maxed out credit cards and took out a £2,000 pound loan. At it’s worst, my habit had put me in just over £13,000 worth of debt.
My wake up call came one Sunday after a particularly heavy session the night before. My flatmate, and best friend, came to talk to me. She told me that she barely saw my these days and was upset that we’d drifted apart so much. It made me realise that I probably hadn’t been paying much attention to my friends, family, or studies for quite some time. That very day I contacted Port of Call for some Addiction help.
Their addiction counsellors were so helpful and really listened to my problems. We decided that residential rehab probably wasn’t the best course of action in my case. But they were able to find me a treatment centre, near to uni, that could give me day care rehab treatment. That meant that I could fit my therapy sessions around my lectures, which was vital for keeping my studies on course and retaining a bit of normality.
Talking about my drug use with a stranger, as well as other underlying issues from my childhood, helped massively. It was a huge relief to not have to be the ‘party girl’ anymore. Had I not have got in touch with Port of Call I might have had to face a long wait to get therapy on the NHS. But they found me exactly the right treatment quickly and it was so discreet that only my flatmate knew about it.
Once I felt ‘normal’ again, and had been off cocaine for three straight months, I told my parents. They were understandably upset but mostly just wanted me to get better. We’re now much closer as a family and I haven’t taken any kind of drugs for nearly a year. I’ve also got myself a part-time job, to help pay off my debts, and am on course for a 2:1 in my degree. Thank you Port of Call.
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