Methamphetamine use presents serious health risks. The drug, once considered alike cocaine in many ways, provides a much more intense, long-lasting and addictive high.
Largely manufactured in home meth labs, the powerful stimulant drugs is known for its physically debilitating side effects and adverse reactions as well as its overwhelmingly addictive properties.
Liane, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, shares her methamphetamine addiction story and offers valuable insights into the proper treatment and recovery strategies for meth abuse.
Liane’s Meth Addiction Story: My Family Gave Up On Me
I struggled for years with an addiction to meth. I lost my home, my immediate family and most of my material possessions.
My family had all but given up on me entirely. They sent me to several 12 Step programs, psychiatrists, hypnotherapists and of course the standard support meetings–all of them failed. I would eventually relapse and would be once again caught up in a cycle of addiction with meth. Each time I would try to get sober and fail, the repercussions of the relapse would get worse. I was slowly digging a hole for myself, deeper and deeper. Everyone, including myself, had just about given up hope.
I was a binge user, meaning I might have been able to stay clean for a few months at a time and then relapse. During those times, I was always asked: why? What happened? I would search my mind for my motives and found no explanations, other than I just wanted to get high. Sure, at times, uncomfortable incidents might trigger a desire to use, but as a general rule that was not the case. I did not want to use meth anymore, yet I couldn’t stop. This baffled me for years as I earnestly wanted to get my life straight and get myself dope free.
After one of my many encounters with the law, and a brief jail visit, I began researching treatment programs online. After day and night. I came across the Narconon Program. The fact that their program included a sauna detoxification process resonated with me very strongly. I learned that I could cleanse the body of the lingering meth toxins that were prompting me to use.
I learned more about Narconon and found that the whole program was holistic and very health-oriented, which sounded appealing. After the very first call, I knew I was finally on to something huge; something that would be life-changing for me.
When I arrived, they never referred to me as an addict. They did not label me as “diseased.” I found that it was me that completed each step of this program, not someone else coaxing me through it as in my prior rehab experiences.
When I completed the Narconon program, I looked and felt better than I had in a long time. I was thinking clearly and making good decisions again. The drug residuals that were triggering me to relapse were gone, and I was back to my old self–inside and out.
Is meth recovery possible? I’m living proof that, with the right treatment program, anything is possible. I’m now living drug free and happier than I’ve been in years.
Signs of Meth Use
Although meth’s popularity has been seen to rise and fall across national trends, some states continue to declare the presence of serious meth abuse epidemics. As law enforcement continues to learn more about meth–how it is abused and manufactured, etc.–the regulation of chemical components found in home made meth has become a much easier task.
If you suspect someone close to you may be abusing meth, watch for some of the following warning signs:
- Severe and sudden weight loss
- Mood swings
- Insomnia (odd sleeping patterns)
- Extreme paranoia
- Serious dental issues and decay
- The person may complain that it feels like insects are crawling all over/under their skin.
If you know someone suffering from an addiction to meth or other drugs call 800-468-6933.