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MMA fighter who battled addiction set for UFC debut

December 26, 2017 – Recovery from the disease of addiction is possible. Examples can be in every community, including the world of combat sports.

Priscila Cachoeira, a Brazilian MMA fighter, shared with MMAFighting.com her journey of battling addiction as she prepares to make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

Cachoeira recounts how abuse from relatives prompted her to lose interest in school and sports, which eventually allowed her addiction to drugs develop:

“I spent a long time using crack, more than three years,” she continued. “My biceps were the size of my wrist. Crack almost killed me. I prayed for a way out, I wanted to stop. I knew I was dying, I knew I was killing myself, but I couldn’t stop. My body kept asking for more drugs, and I couldn’t control myself.”

Cachoeira’s mother, Rosimeri, was desperate — and had no idea how to handle the situation. It got to a point where Rosimeri would give her daughter money to buy drugs just to avoid something worse.

“I thought she was being an accomplice in my drug addiction,” Cachoeira said, “but I understand now that she was giving me money so I wouldn’t get to the point of prostituting or stealing things. I didn’t go that far.”

Cachoeira was a shell of her former self, having spent years under the control of drugs, and the light at the end of the tunnel seemed far away. She would avoid home for days, using drugs non-stop, until her mother decided to put an end to her misery.

Cachoeira will take on Valentina Shevchenko on Feb. 3.

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If you or a loved one are living with addiction, we can help. Learn about Malvern Intervention Services or the Malvern 90-Day Model by calling 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

Read the full story from MMA Fighting.

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