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Cold turkey meth

Going cold turkey meth?

Stopping use of methamphetamine without any help or formal treatment plan is often called “cold turkey”, a phrase borrowed from heroin addiction. This type of cessation is often linked to different reasons to stop, such as having a new social role or loss of finances. But is it safe? And what are the signs of withdrawal from meth in the first place?

We explore more here. Then, we invite your questions or experiences about getting off meth and starting addiction recovery. Please contact us via the comments section at the end. We try to respond to all legitimate questions personally and promptly.

Cold turkey meth withdrawal: What is it?

The cold turkey method involves the meth user quitting the drug totally and all at once. This is the most difficult case for the user and they will likely undergo the most extreme withdrawal symptoms. While someone is withdrawing from meth, s/he may have difficulty acting normally or rationally. Depressive and psychotic symptoms can  accompany acute withdrawal from methamphetamine but generally resolve within 1 week. Craving is also present and lasts at least 5 weeks. The cold turkey method can be very difficult, but if completed successfully, an addict can continue with psychological treatment for the underlying reasons behind meth use.

Cold turkey off meth

Meth withdrawal is very different from other types of drug withdrawal because many of the issues are psychological rather than physical. Meth withdrawal often causes severe depression; chronic meth use alters the brain chemistry, specifically the neurotransmitters which control enjoyment. Often, people who come off meth cannot experience pleasure in life. This state is called “anhedonia”, and while it is not permanent, it is one of the major reasons why you need medical supervision during withdrawal.

In other words, the chance of relapse during meth withdrawal is very high because you can’t stand the way you FEEL. In order to successfully stop using, addicts should seek support from other people who have gone through the exact same process OR from medical professionals trained in treating psychological symptoms. Going cold turkey off meth by yourself without help can lead to relapse, or to symptoms of severe mood disorders.

Stopping meth cold turkey risks

While meth is not physically addictive (does not cause many symptoms of physical dependence), psychological withdrawal symptoms can be present and severe. A person coming off meth can feel extremely, horribly depressed for awhile, and their brain will crave a meth high to make them feel better again. A former meth user will also probably sleep a lot (both because they haven’t been sleeping enough for awhile and because they’re so depressed, and sleep is an escape) and they may also eat a lot, both because they haven’t been eating enough for awhile, and because they are using food as a replacement drug.

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The main risks of stopping meth cold turkey include:

  • extreme drug craving
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • psychotic symptoms
  • relapse potential high
  • suicidal ideation

Alternatives to quitting meth cold turkey: Tapering

How can you help a meth addict get through withdrawal? Quitting “cold turkey” is not for everyone. Instead, tapering doses can help minimize the severity and intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Sometimes experts recommend that you try cutting back your use in steps. Use twice a week instead of every day, or twice a month instead of every weekend. You can also cut down on how much you use. Use 1/4 gram instead of 1/2, or use 1/8 instead of 1/4. This can help with withdrawal as well!

Getting off meth for good

Trying to quit meth cold turkey on your own with no emotional support is not likely to be successful. Instead, doctors recommend that you seek supportive medical interventions during acute detoxification and withdrawal, as these are effective. Ongoing psychiatric care with antidepressant drug therapy may be effective in recovery, and treatment needs to be longer than traditional alcohol/drug treatment programs. The user’s thinking, expectancies and behaviors need to be modified to increase skills in dealing with life. Go to meetings and find people to help who can support you as you to move past your meth addiction.

Can I quit meth cold turkey?

While it is possible to quit meth cold turkey, it is not recommended. If you do it alone it is VERY likely that you will relapse and have to go through the whole process again.

If you`re interested in finding out more about treating meth addiction, please ask your question at the bottom of the page. Hopefully, we can find the information you’re looking for as soon as possible.

Reference sources: NCBI: A Qualitative Exploration of Trajectories Among Suburban Users of Methamphetamine
State of North Dakota: Meth Summit
NIDA: What are the long-term effects of methamphetamine abuse?
Drug addiction support: What things to do when going cold Turkey from meth?
Alltreatment: How to Quit Meth & Stop Using Methamphetamine
Projectneon: Quitting Crystal – 15 Tips to help you quit or reduce your use
Answers: What happens to someone when they stop using meth cold turkey?
NCBI: Withdrawal symptoms in abstinent methamphetamine-dependent subjects

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104 Responses to “Cold turkey meth
crystal g
5:26 am December 21st, 2014

Please continue to encourage others who desire to break free of such an addiction. I got off meth addiction through tappering and relocation. I think that the relocation from my primary ‘play grounds’ played a significant role but have seen how difficult it is for others who do not have the same motivations. The one other difference I have noticed in my old meth buddies not being able to overcome their addiction as I did was my way of thinking and how I opened my self to outside sources that helped me to change the way I think.

Alien
2:38 pm April 16th, 2015

Meth is the ONE drug that I truly wish I never would have laid my eyes on, and I didn’t try it until I was almost 50. Fortunately it only lasted for about 4 years but your reccomendations for cutting would never have worked for me and I strongly think the same is true of a lot of other methheads. The problem with Meth, aside from the obvious, is a 1/4 of meth will last me 2 days, a 1/2 of cocaine will last about an hour, so one can stay high for hours just a couple hits of meth. Similar to cocaine, whatever you put in front of me, I was going to do. I’d buy an 8 ball and stay up doing it until it was gone. Maybe it’s me and my form of addictive personality, but there is no way I could have gone from daily use to twice or even 3 times a week.

In ending, seriously, just stay away from it. Use the crap to clean out the kitchen sinks pipes and toilet bowls since that’s basically what you’re smoking (my choice) or snorting or shooting.

Roger
2:44 pm April 16th, 2015

Crystal,
First, pardon me while I notice the humor (?) from your name to the drug. Your method was what I found to be my method. Get yourself out of the physical environment. The hassle of a move is well worth it. As much distance as possible. Myself and two friends, real friends but we all did meth, were successful. They moved 60 miles away, I stayed out there as often as I could. Not being a physical addiction I found that it took about 3 months for me to completely overcome it. But I succeeded to the point where I can’t even remember when I stopped, and I don’t dwell on it so I don’t care how many years it’s been, as long as I succeeded. People, I’ve been a Heroin junkie. Meth was the hardest drug for me to quit.

Mz
10:02 pm May 19th, 2015

after 20 years being totally abstinent with NA and raising two beautiful kids with my partner ……. was a heroin addict and knew addiction was never cured. At 23 my son took his life. He took mdma on weekends but got clean and was getting married and in a job that he loved. Anyway, since Gus died I am so ashamed to tell anyone that I have used ice monthly since. I have only used a small amount each time but have injected. My excuse was to stop my feelings. It does that for a short while and then my shame and disgust become my comedown. I don’t like the stuff except for the initial rush and I don’t touch anything until the next 3-4 weeks. Psychologically it never leaves and since my son’s death I have lost all faith in NA. I feel it made my kids feel like they failed us because we didn’t use or drink. I sound pathetic and I feel my head is messing with me. I don’t trust health services as we saw the lack of help Gus got. I don’t want this excuse to use anymore and I know it’s my addiction in action again. I got some hope from this site and thanks for letting me comment. Mz.

Steve
3:36 am August 30th, 2015

Thanks for this post. I’ve been using for 12 years. I’ve managed to keep a job that I love, my own apartment and a car that gets me around a city that I also love. But I’m 53, in debt up to my eyes with very little retirement put aside. I’ve been in and out of 12 step mtgs with many sponsors. There have also been therapists and day treatment programs. But I’m feeling like I’m at the end of the line… just hopeless. I can’t fix this no matter what I try. Hopeless indeed.

2:47 pm September 8th, 2015

Hi Steve. The fact that you wrote here proves that not all hope is gone from within you. And, meth is not easy to quit. Maybe there are some things in your life, which you need to identify, that trigger and compel you to use again and again.

Bri
12:00 am September 20th, 2015

I just recently quit Meth “Cold Turkey” I was shooting about 3.5 grams a day. I woke up, realized my life was complete shit and decided I didnt want to be high anymore. Today is day 10 amd I am 24 years old. I am a rare case but I am a living example that it is possible. It is not easy, nor is it fun. But it is worth it. I I can honestly say i have not had one craving. I have like, no energy but at least i am able to be lazy in my own house instead of in an unfamiliar and very uncomfortable jail cell. Anyone can do whatever they set thier mind to. I have always been my worst enemy. Now I am my biggest support system.

3:11 pm September 23rd, 2015

Hi Bri. This is wonderful to read! I am very glad you were determined and motivated to make it and you did!

Valerie
8:49 am September 27th, 2015

I’m trying to get off meth now.i need help on what I can do to help the detox part be effective and faster.

3:34 pm October 9th, 2015

Hello Valerie. There are currently no medications used during meth withdrawal. Researchers are looking into prescription medications that can counteract the specific effects of methamphetamine or that prolong abstinence from and reduce the abuse of methamphetamine by an individual addicted to the drug…but nothing is on the market yet. The most effective treatments for methamphetamine withdrawal at this point are behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency-management interventions.

No namer
8:05 am October 19th, 2015

It’s been a week since I quit, cold turkey. Something snapped in my brain and said “NO MORE”. I started repeating the phrase over and over for hours under my breath while I broke and got rid of anything that reminded me of using….I deleted and blocked any numbers of “sources” of co-depending friends…..I figured if it hurts their feelings, you know what? Oh f-Ing well! Every time the thought crossed my mind to go back to it, I repeat the phrase no-more and think about my organs and teeth etc. I’m lucky they are still in tact. My run was about 6 months. I’m sure it would have been harder if the stretch was longer….I read somewhere that every moment you delay quitting the harder it becomes….reading that statement actually helps. Good luck. God willing I’m done for good.

lisa
6:34 pm October 19th, 2015

I was addicted to meth for about 2.5 yrs. I snorted capsules at first and then just ground up real crystals. I was buying 2-3 grams a week and was doing it every day. When I did quit I had no intensions of it – I refer to the day as ‘the day I broke my brain’ because I was so paranoid, nearly everything I believed to be true were lies of the most awful sort. I became extremely paranoid (like every person I saw was watching me) delusional and frantic. I confessed to my mom I was on meth after being up for atleast four days and after that I never did it again though im still very paranoid. Im wondering why I didnt suffer extreme withdrawls from cold turkey? Is it because of a psychological thing? Like because I.chose right hen and there enough was enough thats why I didnt feel physical pain? Was it because I only snorted it?

christina
2:08 pm November 2nd, 2015

I’ve been using Meth on and off for 30 years. Every time I relapse it causes problems due to my changes in behavior.I recently relapsed after bei g clean a year. I decided again I need to detox and get clean again. My daughter called me yesterday and informed me of a new job offer . She has to go out of state for 3 days and needs me to watch my grand kids. There is no one else to watch them . I’m goi g to her house tuesdsy. The kids are 2 , 5 and 6 I’m worried because. All I’m goi g to want to do Is sleep. I don’t know how I’m going to pull this off

Mikky
8:11 am November 5th, 2015

I went cold turkey from a 9 year addiction. My motivation was falling pregnant after being told many times I couldn’t have children. I’m 12 weeks clean. My willpower has really surprised me as having it around while going cold turkey I still never looked twice. Now I’m in the clear my partner is somewhat unwillingly forced to stop. He is a 13 year addict going through the day 5 withdrawals due to a baby girl on the way and tight finances. Once he gets paid from work though that’s when the dry spells stop. How do I convince him to continue quitting even when money isn’t tight?

5:24 pm November 5th, 2015

Hi Mikky. I believe counseling for both of you would be a great thing now. He needs to not use when the paycheck arrives, and you should be able to resist temptations once the baby is born. Take this pregnancy as your recovery time. Now you both have the biggest reason to stay motivated and sober.

5:55 pm November 5th, 2015

Hi Christina. Please make sure that you can watch and take care of them properly. If you need help ask someone to assist, like a babysitter or a close friend that can come with you. If you feel you aren’t fit for the job it’s better to tell that to your daughter rather than take the responsibility and god forbid something happens.

6:00 pm November 9th, 2015

Hi Lisa. Well, I guess the power of our thoughts should never be underestimated! How long ago did you stop using it completely? Be careful to recognize the cravings and thoughts that tend to sneak up and compel you to use again. Otherwise, I wish you all the best on your road through recovery. For any other questions, feel free to write us again.

greg
5:55 am November 15th, 2015

I used heavy all day every day for 4 months and in that time I lost over 30 lbs and my job etc. I have used and quit before, don’t know why I started again, it obviously has zero benefits and I could see how obvious it was I was fucked up and slowly fucking up my life. I took the last gram or so I had left and put tiny amounts into 6 empty pill capsules. Honestly this method won’t work for most because the drug is too addicting but it can help keep you awake for the day if you really need to be awake. Once I took the last dose I slept for a solid couple of days just waking up to eat and use the restroom. For the next few days after that I would sleep pretty much all day, but feeling a lot better. It’s now been about a week, and I finally went back to the gym today! You can quit, it sucks, but it won’t kill you, just man up, make sure you have at least a week where you don’t have any responsibility and do it. Good luck

Lisa
9:35 pm November 16th, 2015

The four year anniversary of quitting for me will be August 17th. My triggers are easy really, when I look in the mirror I feel ashamed at all the weight i’ve gained, I was never big before – not until after I stopped using did I gain the weight back that I lost and then about another 50 lbs. I feel like meth really screwed up my metabolism, now I barely eat and seem to gain when it was never like that before. Another trigger is working in a kitchen, I just can’t keep up like I used to, don’t have the overwhelming confidence and expendable energy/ desire to go above and beyond with cleaning (the one place meth actually helps make you look like a star employee). Ultimately however, I love remembering, even if I fucked up I’m glad I can atleast recall what I did wrong. I love being able to listen to other people speak as opposed to just ramble on never ending sentences that go nowhere and everywhere. I’m happy that now when i make a list I complete the tasks on it, and that I don’t just make hundreds more and then a list to identify other lists. More than anything though, I’m glad I have control and that I dont scream at my loved ones like a child when I can’t get what I want out of them. Admittedly though the first six months I was on meth were the best of my life, all of a sudden I lost that last ten lbs every girl never gets rid of – without even trying, i could cook circles around everyone in the kitchen, I wasn’t shy or nervous, spoke my mind… but I was cheating at life. Nothing was challenging and I was a shining star for ya, about six months before it all went to hell. Nothing like that will last forever and I guess it all comes down to having to suck it up and take the bad with the good that life throws at you. It’s really refreshing when you only have yourself to blame for things you’ve done, but more importantly when you achieve something great – yourself to be proud of.

12:08 pm November 17th, 2015

Thanks for sharing your success story, Lisa. I’m sure it can motivate others who are currently trying to stop meth.

Shannon b.
6:44 am November 21st, 2015

I’m on day 9 (or is it 12) of stopping meth cold turkey. I used intravenously since 2011 after divorce. I avoided meth my whole life only to fall into it when I was almost 40. I have sold my body to the most fat disgusting creatures on the planet to afford my habit. I don’t have a choice in the matter the last shot I did almost killed me. I don’t know if it was an almost brain abscess or almost aneurysm but something in it floored me and I’m only today able to walk again. I am 41 years old and homeless and unemployed and with two felonies on my record now. I can’t stop crying and I hate everyone who crosses my line of vision. I am a domestic violence survivor…. my ex husband was a mean bastard….. ex meth user with serious mental illness…. I hear words coming out of my mouth like he would say…. words that are horrible and solely meant to cause pain to the intended victim… how do I control the rage that makes my chest so tight and on fire?

Vivian
7:18 am November 24th, 2015

To nite is the first time I really ever thought that’s it I’m 58 I’m a granny I have been using meth since I was 28 I got rid of everything so what should I expect I’m scared
But cold turkey is the only way for me I will check back in tomorrow let you know how I’m feeling I’m a pretty strong person well not that strong CUZ I would have done this sooner

6:08 pm November 24th, 2015

Hello Shannon. Your life story is truly hard. Please, call the helpline number displayed on our site to get in touch with our trusted treatment providers who can help you access adequate treatment program.

Lisa
12:05 am November 25th, 2015

Shannon, you gotta forgive everyone, everything and mostly forgive yourself. Then your rage will go away..

James
9:18 am November 27th, 2015

I had been using meth for 11 years, daily. I have now been clean for 8 days, my expectations of everything are far too high.
How can I help myself to see the little things to make me feel accomplished, or happy with myself? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

John doe
4:22 pm December 1st, 2015

The only way for me being able to quit was going to prison for 2 years. It worked

Robert
6:27 pm December 3rd, 2015

I recognize that we are all different so I’m not saying that my method would work for everyone. First, you have to have been and even better, be a pot smoker. Second, I was under psychiatric care for other issues already so had been on anti-depressants along with other psychiatric drugs. Before and after I am still on Xanax, which was a great help, but nothing helped like pot. They call it the gateway drug. I call it the go to drug. I’ve escaped life since I was 13 and pot was always the drug I went to when I went too far with the hard drugs and totally screwed up my life.

Well, there is my .02 worth. I should add, however. I was a coke head all together over 2 decades, and meth head for about 2 years or so. But the truth is I was always a downer person. If you put the same heroin that I was doing in the 1970’s, I can’t promise I would say no. If you offered me a gram of cocaine or meth, I know I could say no.

Bea
12:35 am December 8th, 2015

How can I quit at the same time work is there an outpatient program?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:38 pm December 8th, 2015

Hello, Bea. Of course there are many outpatient programs, you only need find the right one for you.

Check out SAMHSA’s treatment locator on: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/geographicSearch.jspx to find the appropriate treatment program near you.

Hi Bri
11:06 am December 12th, 2015

What I just read was amazing I was searching the wed to see if it was possible to stop but after reading what you wrote there is no doubt in my mind. ?

I am meth
12:03 pm December 16th, 2015

hi I am in a place I was born and raise so let’s just say I no these streets been using for the last …..seven or so years daily and I don’t run out I’m the biggest dope phene I no but my sac is just bigger so u don’t see that phene side often I hate the drug but it sadly brings me $$ all I am getting at is …. you have to HATE the drug hate it for everything it’s fukd upp in your life hate everything about it and for a while hate any and everyone who doesn’t. like the post a few up from this one said relocation is a must get away from the dope man’s house and away from all your meth heads homies if they ain’t down to pack upp and get killeen with you, leave the mofos behind and go far preferably where you don’t know anybody especially anyone who gets high on anything ….. out of site out of mind go to New town where dope cannot be found (easily at least) best luck to my junkies you know where I’ll be ….

Kat
5:03 pm December 16th, 2015

I quit four years ago. I did it cold turkey. I’ll never forget that day I gave it up and I haven’t gone back in 4 years. Quitting came pretty easy for me, but I did start smoking a whole lot of weed as a substitute. I’ve recently cut that out too now, though. I found that simply not having meth available to me worked. Out of sight out of mind.

Dave
5:39 am December 17th, 2015

I been fighting meth addition, by holding on to a small amount in a bag for security blanket as figure of speech. I thought of using it but, I been solid on stopping cold turkey for 6 months today. Now, ran into a bit of a problem, my girlfriend found the small amount of stash that I hold as my security blanket. I feel like I can’t get thru the day mentally and psychologically without it in my pocket. Now; she”s thinking that maybe I’m back on it and I have been dishonest the whole time again in our relationship. But, mentally I cant apart from it, just holding it makes me feel like I can make it thru the day. If I don’t have it, I feel that I wont be able to function without it. Is this normal after stopping meth approximately 10 years? Also, Has this ever been heard of?

lisa
1:44 pm January 1st, 2016

I have been using for 18 years now.It caused my mom 2 massive heart attacks. Poor woman is so worried about me and you would think i would quit after all that but no still using.Stil have my own biz and apt but barely making it and debt is getting higher each month. If i don’t do it ii just want to sleep and can’t work. If i don’t work I can’t survive financially. Recently got reunited with a guy i used to work with 14 years ago and we are dating. I don’t want him to know but most important I am turning 42 in a few months and its my last chance to have a baby cause i really would love to have one. Not sure if thats a good idea after using all these years but it would be a gift. I know i have to ge clean first. Please help!

Mary
2:09 am January 4th, 2016

I have been on meth for over 20 years and I’m a normal person I work eat and sleep everyday. I pretend to be normal but my hair is starting to fall out and my brain keeps getting a feeling like it’s popping so I think I better stop. I’m scared cause I still have to work to pay bills

Mary
11:01 am January 5th, 2016

I want to quit I’m on day 3 cold turkey and I feel so horrid. I feel like I’m being squished. I have been a chronic smoker for twenty years do u think I will be OK doing this on my own?

victor
11:34 am January 5th, 2016

I was 17 when i first tried her out, for along time (years) id puff once or twice a year and Never thought in a million years id allow this drug to control me..here I am puffin away and looking for a way out.its been along year of constant usage and I just pray for a better day for myself and everyone whos caught up in there ways. Thank you for the article of encouragement. May the Holy Spirit bless all yall

Crystal G
6:13 pm January 5th, 2016

Hello all. Been reading some post, as I discovered this site earlier last year in 2015 and left a response.
My mother still uses meth among other drugs and she has been using for at least 30 years now, as I am 32. My older sister has now been using for nearly 15 years that I have counted and has recently taken to the streets. Myself, I first used at 15yo and was a chronic Iv drug user before I was 20. My drug use continued until I after I turned 23. I have a brother who has spent over half his life in prison, serving a sentence currently. My childhood step mother was on drugs. Nearly every aspect of my life has been impacted and still is impacted by drugs, particularly meth. But, I have been drug free now for nine years in March 2016. I wen on to get a degree in hope of helping others.
In so many of these post I hear “something clicked in my brain” or “I just had enough”. These are prominent thoughts I truly believe are necessary in recovery. You see, I agree that recovery from meth, among many other narcotics is highly affected by our cognition. The ‘thoughts’ a person has. Their beliefs, their truths, their definitions.
While my sister is out on the streets, I will not try to convince her that she has had enough. She needs to come to that conclusion herself, to redefine what she thinks about her own meth use.
I personally, tapered don in private after relocating and engulfed my self in “self-help”/ retrain your brain (i liked to call them) books such as Dr.Murray Banks and Norman Vincent Peal.
Best wishes to all in your endeavors.
Hate the drug, love the people.

Liz
7:37 pm January 7th, 2016

I have been an addict for 15 years with a short 3 month clean period 8 yrs ago. This sight is going to save me. Like so many other stories I dont have the option of getting help because of the fear of my family finding out. My husband is also quitting with me and has a very positive additude. We are on day 4 and this has been the hardest day so far. I am also praying that God will get me thru this and to never forget how shitty I feel so I will NEVER TURN BACK. My question how much longer before I can at least get out of bed?

Crystal G
5:46 pm January 8th, 2016

Liz,
This site is extremely limited on it ability to keep anyone clean. I strongly recommend finding a 12 step meeting in your area, particularly NA, and many church’s host these as well and do not require your attendance in church. These groups are anonymous and often have different hours (late evenings, after work for example) which should help in your desire to limit who knows about your process. Please do not think that you are just going to wake up and it will all be over with. There is much more to out addiction than just the drug. That is why the work involved in a 12 step program offers true, long term healing and recovery because in reality, there is ‘work’ to do for an addict to recover, similar to cleaning up a dirty house that has been neglected, except that dirty house is inside us, our minds and hearts.
Best wishes to you and your husband.

veronica
12:25 am January 12th, 2016

I am going to residential treatment this Thursday. Trying to stop cold turkey isn’t getting it. Can someone tell me if I should tapper off.

MMS
8:29 pm January 15th, 2016

Today makes 3 weeks of my choosing to quit cold turkey. I started last year, December and promised myself I wouldn’t let it get passed a year. So here I am, and though I waited till the last minute, I’m walking proof that… It IS possible. I want to urge everyone who might be in denial, who may feel helpless or in my case, hopeless… That you must also see, and it’s noted, miracles DO happen. But also, as I always keep in mind, and as science proves that absent the miracle, it is possible. I am 20, I used everyday for just over a year… Minus my occasional crash 😉 and I can only speak for today… But I have no urge and no crave. I did not move, I did not attend 12 step (though I think the 12 step is great and can be applied to anyone in many ways) I did not do an out patient… Rather, I stocked my fridge, pantry, freezer and I bought comfy blankets. I paid my rent one month in advance and my wifi (so I can stream movies from Apple TV)… And there began a serious hibernation. I am only now beginning to get up and out. Don’t get me wrong, my ambitions are still low… I had some days where I craved so much I began the infamous “carpet crawl”… In fact, I tore up my carpet and shook it over a black sheet one evening – Clearly I was out of my mind – Greatfully, and thankfully, a friend vacuumed the life out of my carpets a week prior. It’s been a week now, and I no longer keep count of the days sober. I do not think much about it… I like to google and read about the different vitamins and other healthy choices that might help aid me back to a healthy self. I read that exercise is imperative… Only I hate exercise and I am still pretty lazy, but recently I have spent an hour trying to learn the Beyoncé single ladies dance…, that counts? 😉 Friends made a difference, I never had many that used as it was so i called upon everyone to come around and get me up and out. That helped sooo much. So I guess what I am trying to say is I AM doing it, and I believe YOU CAN too (:

Bigscott
11:55 am January 16th, 2016

I did use it to clean the sink and pipes and the backyard under my house the addic that’s what tweakers do

Joseph
2:50 pm January 17th, 2016

I Came across an ample supply soon after thanksgiving. It will most likely last me a couple more weeks. I typically suffer from low energy, and lack of motivation. So the meth us huge for that. However it does get me rattled and somewhat paranoid and self conscious. It’s nice to have a bit of a boost. But I know it has to stop,. I have had problems with opiates in the past, and I believe every drug is dangerous, and impossible to depend on. So as nice as it is for me to have a chemical boost, I can’t help feeling the more I rely on mind altering substance to make creative breakthroughs, the les of a naturally gifted artist I feel.. It would be nice to have on Crain occossions, but when new has it on hand hand, it calls you everyday.
I know my relationships suffer because of isolation, and not being honest with those closest to me. I need something to cope and get me through, but feel very intimidated by the long term commitment to get to a peaceful place with oneself. … With the exception of common fools who accept everything at face value. Some just need a Ford F150 and their life is complete.
I know I can get off the meth, ,and it it will make me cranky and tired…. But hopefully after a short time, it won,t be haunting me..
Anyhow… I want to move past this and live a more genuine life , in stead of being up or down from the most recent weeks of throwing caution to the
Wind. I am nervous as always when coming of a period of opiates or speed… Anxiety always sets in heavy. And I suddenly feel like I have much less of a ritual to help structure my day to day.. So I constantly feel like an alien… But it usually doesn’t last too long.. But it happens every time. I also don’t feel very confident that Without my familiar mood and performance enhancers… I just can’t live up to all that is expected of me.. That I can’t be the best version of myself without the chemical help…. That is all for now, thanks for listening

Kat
10:34 pm January 22nd, 2016

Im going threw day 3 of quitting cold turkey after 6 month spell please tell me how to ease the withdrawal symptons? The aches and shakes

Tina Mc
4:28 pm February 12th, 2016

I am a 49 year old mother of a 20 yr old. I had been smoking meth for the 7 years. not everyday but for sure every weekend and sometimes more. on Nov 23, 2015 I smoked my last bowl and today marks 81 days with out it. although at the time I t was go as long you a unit cold turkey I never thought I cound but surprised that I fid. however I am experiencing some issues that I wonder if they are side effects like some nights fatigue other nights insomua, some days eat everything, other days don’t eat anything… here recently very bad migraines where if I got them before smoking some meth always got rid of them.. depression gasping for air when I breathe sometimes. my doctor never knew of my addiction and I have an appointment with him today..

Robert
4:50 pm February 12th, 2016

Trust yourselves, you can do it. I went cold turkey, it’s been at least 4 years now, as I was finally able to figure it out. I smoked it. I don’t think about really, never crave it, never, and when I think about it because it’s in the news or on some TV show, I’m repelled by it. You can beat it. From 13 into my 50’s I’ve been on something. I ran the gamut. Okay, I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been a narcotic person and I’m not giving up my Norco, but it’s at least controlled and it doesn’t my life, especially monetarily.
I’m not one of those people who believe everyone has to quit all drugs. Some do, some don’t. I am one of those people who believe anyone doing meth has to quit doing meth. I have not teeth. That has caused a lot of self esteem issues. I won’t smile, when I talk I try to keep my mouth as closed as possible. Just do anything to get away from it and quit convincing yourself that you can’t. I got off Junk in the 70’s and early 80’s, up the arm. You can quit. But I’ve always liked pot, and I still do at 59, and that’s my thing.

lisa k
8:13 pm February 12th, 2016

Crystal G, your story inspires me. I too want to pursue an education in order to help others and have recently gotten an acceptance letter for a college program in social service work. I agreed with everything you said and.hope one day to be as sure as you seem to be in your knowledge and know how when it comes to helping addicts aswell as knowing when not to force help. Its tough knowing what to dowhen someone Iis in the midst of addiction and eveyones rock bottom looks different but its important to never forget the ones who seem lost and be there for them whenever they want to be found I suppose.

Julian S.
7:22 am February 20th, 2016

I am trying to so hard to quitar meth but i cant go past one week

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:42 pm February 22nd, 2016

Hi, Julian. If you are looking for addiction treatment, call our trusted treatment hotline, our consultants can help you make the best decision.

Anthony
1:50 pm February 25th, 2016

I quit cold turkey 5 months ago I did gram plus a day for a year weeks with no sleep.I detoxed by myself no programs just my head doctors and therapy. Lots and lots of weed.my only weapon.to this god awful drug is to train myself to not think about it good bad times nothing never a thought that’s how I stay sober never think about it and surround myself with non users and take one day at a time…

Daniel
1:27 am March 6th, 2016

Currently using Meth at this point of my life sadly, like I know it’s bad and harmful but I just can’t put the pipe down. I think a reason why is the area where I live theirs a lot of tweekers which makes its easy to get… Abyone have any tips of like cutting back of smoking. Also I’m age 16 I know all young.

valerie
10:29 pm March 7th, 2016

My son was a meth addict but was put in jail for 7 months. He has been home with us for 2 months now and does nothing but sleep, play video games and watch tv. I drug tested him after leaving for 3 days and he tested positive for aderall. He tells me has no desire to use meth again but we want him to still go for treatment and he’s refusing. We told him treatment or homeless and I know he doesn’t want to be homeless as he was almost for 3 years in another state. He’s 28 and I’m at a loss. Valerie

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:28 am March 9th, 2016

Hi, Daniel. You’re very young to have addiction like this. First, I’d suggest you speak with your parents or a close relative, and tell them that you have problems with meth. Then, detox your body. Understand meth withdrawal since its symptoms can be intense and harsh. Also, search a support group who can lead you through the process of quitting. Here’s suggested reading on the topic:
http://addictionblog.org/tag/meth-withdrawal/

Susan
6:55 am March 12th, 2016

Two weeks ago, I discovered my adult son was using. He says it’s been about 5 months. It has changed him so much. He was a loving, social, and empathetic person. Now he thinks he’s being watched and that practically everyone he sees is involved in drug and/or human trafficking. He won’t hang with his old friends (who are clean), he hates me and says I’ve betrayed him and refuses to talk to me, he spends all his free time on the internet on filthy sheets he hasn’t changed in two months. He won’t even consider talking to a professional must less going into rehab. He says he wants to quit and that he is tapering and I should trust him. Should I trust him? It’s heartening to read of others who have kicked it on their own. I know in my heart that only he can decide to get clean. Is there anything I can do to help him?

Brian
5:46 am March 14th, 2016

I was addicted to meth for 1 1/2 years. I was snorting and smoking up to a 8 ball a day. My life dramatically changed I lost all my friends, I went broke. I started thinking people were following me. I seen traccers. I would stay up for days at a time. I stayed up for over 2 weeks straight multiple time. My normal body weight is 220. After that 1 1/2 years I weight 160. I quit doing meth because I hite my rock bottom. I never did rehab I never had any medical attention. But I knew that I was about to die and I went from being handsome popular in physical shape to feeling like shit about myself. Don’t get me wrong everyone has there own way of handling shit. But I weened myself off it. I was doing it every day, then stopped for a couple days and then did a lil( stayed up for a night) then I waited a week and did a lil( stayed up a night) then waited 2 weeks, and did a lil ( stayed up a night) then waited a month and did a lil( stayed up a night) then waited 2 months and did a lil(stayed up a night) then waited 4 months and did a lil and after I did it. I didn’t even get high at all, I just came down the min I smoked it and after that I hated it. Now it’s been 5 years and It blows my mind wat I went thru an the way I acted wile I was on it!

Richard
11:31 am March 16th, 2016

i just know i need to quit meth i need help and i need to talk to someone please!!!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:33 pm March 16th, 2016

Hi Richard. Call the number you see on the site to get in touch with our trusted treatment consultants who can help you access an appropriate treatment program.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:18 pm March 18th, 2016

Hi Susan. I suggest that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help:
http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/

jamie
9:43 am March 21st, 2016

Is there any vitamins or foods that can maybe ease the withdrawl….im very scared cause i know first hand it hurts horribly and your so tired and miserable in your own skin. Im planning cold turkey. Im gonna pray n have faith. I hope there is fruits or juices or something over the counter. Im blessed to have a great support system. Meth is the devil.

Irish
1:32 am April 5th, 2016

I am a former meth user and relapsed once,first time I had quit was after off and on usage for 2 yrs and was clean for 3 yrs and relapsed used again for 3 months and that relapse was in 1999 and have been since,it is now 2016 and since my relapse I have had no desire to use again,now my own daughter I found last yr had been using for almost 3 yrs,her once beautiful home now looks like an episode from the series Hoarders,she lost her high paying job as a Bill Decoder for a Heart Specialist Center in Fresno,CA and my son inlaw lost his job working on highways for Fresno County,I flew out there from New York unannounced and my son inlaws parents and I were on the same page to do an intervention and it went well until the night before I was to leave to go back to NY,she had a cat that was ill and I contacted a cat hospice who was willing at no cost to her to get her cats illness managed and then get him back to her but she got pissed off at me on the phone and accused me of trying to get her taken from her and then proceeded to tell me I allowed my own cat to die,wrong,I tried to tell her the only thing that I was guilty of was keeping my cat because I was too selfish to let her go but I finally did and I have to live that,my daughter knows I’m involved in cat rescue and TNR (Trap/Neuter/release) so for her to say that to me angered me and I hung up on her,this all happened in August of last year 2015 and my daughter has yet to reach out to me,I worry I will never see her again due to my own health issues,3 days after I left Fresno she and my son inlaw moved in with his parents and I do know that if they do any kind of drug they will be kicked out,I have a 13 yr old grandson by them and back in October of last year the inlaws suddenly stopped answering my calls,texts and emails and my grandson deleted me from his facebook page,I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that somehow I became the bad guy,will my daughter want to ever talk to me again? she and I had been so close,so tight,she was my world,I even walked her down the isle in July 2013 and to think I may have lost her over a cat hurts like ye cannot believe,anyway thats my story!

Sam
2:44 am April 7th, 2016

I need help I’m five days clean n I’m freaking out n can’t be alone

Christopher
11:34 pm April 8th, 2016

I am trying to quit and not miss a day of work. Well it hasn’t worked yet. I’m in a program which doesn’t really help and my girlfriend says she will accept me on or off dope she loves me no matter what, but I am a better man sober and want to quit so dam bad. But like now I haven’t smoked for about 8 or 9 hours and I feel sick like I wanna puke. I am really trying my best to quit but am scared when I get home in 3 hours I’ll be hitting the pipe. Just to go to bed. Ya meth doesn’t keep me up all night it has a reverse affect on me it calms me down and makes me think . I feel fucked……. Like I have no choice but to keep smoking. I can’t do rehab cuz if I don’t work my family will be homeless and no money. I am the only bread winner in my household my girl, kids are all depending on me to bring home a check. But I don’t feel like I can go on doing dope. I wish I never started to begin with

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:38 pm April 12th, 2016

Hi Christopher. Why don’t you call the helpline on the site to discuss your options with a trusted treatment consultant.

AC
12:07 pm April 13th, 2016

I need to stop. I’ve came down to my breaking point. My boyfriend was helping me. But recently hasn’t been around. I’m scared of what I have done to myself, and my son. I’m killing myself slowly and I feel like I’m unable to stop the enjoyment of it.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:23 pm April 13th, 2016

Hi AC. If you are looking for addiction treatment, call our trusted treatment helpline, our consultants can help you make the best decision for you.

juggalo
5:26 am April 15th, 2016

Man I tried that crap for the first time on 2-17-16 still SPEEDING balls finally starting to see the end of it. Man I NEVER want to mess it again. It was OK when I did it after 2 weeks after the line scareed me

Melodie
4:15 pm April 15th, 2016

Hi there,

My finace is now home with his parents, prior to getting him on a plan he was using meth for 2 weeks straight, with very little sleep, if any. This pattern was happening (what we know of) for 2 months with the longest break (that we know of) 5 days max then back out for 5 to 15 days.

My question is, do they ALWAYS have withdrawals, we are finding it very strange he doesn’t want to go to detox and says he feels fine, his parents said he is acting completely normal and it has now been 3 week (sober).

I have a thought that is substituting with something he may have access to there, he is taking reg Tylenol for his back and Robaxacet as well.

We know he has smoked some week, but that wasn’t until he already had 2 weeks in. We are concerned someone is bringing him cocaine, as we know someone down the road uses tht drug.

So, I guess my question is do ALL addicts of Meth go through withdrawls? When he was home it was bad about day 2 he was crawling out windows to leave, and stealing my car to get high. I find it very very strange he is “fine” this time. :(

Thank you

Tracey
7:22 am April 18th, 2016

I used for 4 yrs. Then I left the state and had to quit cold turkey. Nobody in my family knew about my secret life. I had no support system. I found myself flying back to my old stomping grounds twice a year for a visit. I would smoke as much as i could then start all over again. The biggest problem doing it by yurself is i no longer feel anything. Nothing. U could b shot right next to me and i wouldnt care. I think of suicide often and i also have thoughts of hurting people. Ive been out of the state for 4 yrs now. I still go back. Nobody knows anything and i will never tell them. Eventually it will take me. I know this. Ive almost accepted it. Ive even talked my husband into moving us back to my old stomping grounds. He agrreed. We move at the end of this year. I fear for what im gonna do to him. He has no idea what he iis in for. Good luck to u all who quit but honestly, i cant wait to blow that damn cloud once again.

Christopher
9:58 am April 19th, 2016

I don’t have the option of rehab or going away to treatment for a week or a month. Last time I went to jail(because of good old dope) my girlfriend and dog ended up homeless for a week. It’s messed up. She don’t do it but yet is put through all my bullshit cause she loves me. I work 6 daysva week usually and 10+ hours a day. I also pay the rent at this motel where we live. I need to just quit. And tonight is my first night without it. It’s 1 am April 19, 2016. Not sober yet but I will be ….. And that’s it.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:40 am April 19th, 2016

Thanks for sharing, Christopher. If you need any help, call the helpline you see on the site.

T-bone
10:29 am April 21st, 2016

Be doing Methadon now for 5 year in. When I can’t get that or have extra drug money I’ll pay harion. I’m sick of it all and want my life back. About two years ago I starting smoking speed (Methafedimine) and I can’t quit. I’ll go home from a day or two speed veng,and go home and be so happy I’m done with my drugs and promise myself I’ll never do it again. It could be days,but all of a sudden I’ll go to work were some of my co workers do the same thing(meth) and with in seconds I crave it and want to smoke. I hate it,know I shouldn’t touch it,but it never fails I jump head first on the pipe. How to I pass this part,over come my weakness once I get around friends. Please help if you can,thank you!

Can't Crash
5:23 am May 6th, 2016

I have been doing snorted meth for 10 years pretty much every day. I live by myself and a full-time 9-6 job that requires me to be alert, make on the spot decisions and meet deadlines. This is a very stressful job. I want to quit but worry about crashing at work. I have gone to work on days when I i’ve been out and have basically been falling asleep at my desk. I cannot do this kind of thing at my current job and therefore have put off quitting because I can’t be coming down on the job. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can get off a month without struggling too much with it at work?

jarrod
12:10 pm May 9th, 2016

I quit meth a couple hours ago. I dont want to use it again, or any substance or alcohol. I can’t seem to make it even a few days lately, and I’m worried if I go to the local detox that I will have a weak moment and walk just a few blocks away and use again. I am in a whole i’ve never been in, and it is going to kill me very soon. I don’t know what to do.

Bryan
9:16 am May 11th, 2016

I am 50 years old. I am headed toward the door. I want out and I want my life back. I’ve heard that quitting meth can potentially have health implications in that the olfer user can suffer from physical maladies, such as heart attack or stroke. Any truth to this? I really need to know. Ty for your help and caring.

Joanie
8:18 pm May 11th, 2016

I have a grandson smoking meth and has been for several years and we just found out for sure. We have been paying bills, helping with food,rent etc believing he had a chemical imbalance.He cannot hold a job and every word out of his mouth is a lie.He is gay and his face is all broke out and he is soooo skinny.We have tried to help him, not knowing he was on drugs but realize now we were being fooled.Cannot talk to him because his defenders are so high and anger happens What can we do to help him and ourselves ?I know death is emmanent Is there a way for us to have him committed

Unknown
11:15 am May 20th, 2016

What advice can I give to a friend that is injecting meth? Are there any substitutes to help him ? I’ve heard people get addicted to the injection itself, are there doctors that will administer some sort of placebo? Any and all advice is needed it’s an ongoing battle that’s lasted almost two years. How can I help him save himself before he kills himself or ends up in prison??

Crystal
11:05 pm May 20th, 2016

Many people here continue to describe the very challenges every drug addict has ever had to face, but to lighten the process, quitting any form of addiction can lead to surprisingly similar symptoms. That is because a large part of the quitting process is psychological/ mental process. Quitting coffee, cigarettes, even a daily exercise or a losing a long term job includes similar ‘withdrawal’ symptoms. With that being said, there are unlimited things a person, any addict can do to ease these symptoms & there are things others can do to ease this process for a loved one.
If you do not make changes to your daily life routine, then no changes will happen. For example: I you don’t read books, time to start…. if you don’t take walks, time to start… if you don’t eat vegetables/ fruits, time to start… get the picture yet. Removing anything from your life means filling that new void with something else, that will have a positive impact. Sites such as this one (and there are many more) offer free advice on other concerns…. not used to asking for help, time to start!
Reach out, get advice, make a plan and don’t give up on yourself or the person in your life. Learn new ways to live as thousands upon thousands do every day. There is hope, there is a way, but you have to make the move.

Cheyanne
10:06 am May 25th, 2016

Hello everyone, my name is Cheyanne and I am an addict. I am new at being sober. My choice of drug was opiates first, then suboxone / subtext and last was methamphetamines. I have been a drug addict from. Age 13 and I just turned 23 so ten years. I never really thought I had a problem till the day the doctor came in and told me my new born baby girl is going through withdrawals of subtext. Not enough to go to childrens hospital, to be put on a morphine pump (thank God) she was healthy and so beautiful. Her weight was very low, she was only 4lbs 8 ounces. They say because of my drug use… True or not I felt like it was anyway. Knowing I did that to her because mommy couldn’t quit doing drugs while pregnant (which I thought I could and would quit cold turkey the moment I ever found out I was pregnant) but nope relapse 3 days in. So since then I been actually trying to live a sober life. And man it has been rough. Sometimes I got worse then I was before my daughter and sometimes I do it one day and I’m good for a couple weeks. The last big relapse was the worse by far. And the only reason I am even alive right now was because someone called DCS on me and almost completely took my child from me and put her in foster care. Luckily my child’s father only had thc in is system that he got temporary custody of our daughter. And they just removed me from ?our home and gave me supervised visitation with her. At first I ran away and got my using on because I was devastated that it had happened and played the guilt trip of I’m not a good enough mother. I have failed her and my family. I felt like straight trash, no good junkie. I finally looked at my phone from a three day splurge and there is all kinds of mean, scared, sarcastic messages from everyone because they don’t know whether I was dead or alive. And there was one message from the morning after DCS came in that was from my child’s father saying that she is passing the house lost and looking for me. That’s when I said to myself “what are you doing? This is not helping the situation at all. This is what got you in this situation” So I called my child’s father to come get me and let me shower and eat. (now my child’s father isn’t this amazing guy as he sounds) he is very controlling and abusive and is one of my biggest triggers. He holds our child over my head because he knows he can. Use to beat the hell out of me when I used. All kinds of things. The parenting classes and the a&d assessment and recommendations, plus being open minded and wanting to change is a big part of my success as I have been little over a month clean until today. And I need to build my support system stronger so I don’t let my child’s father control the rest of my life and keep me in the dreaded depression state. But I’m so locked down I can’t get it figured out. I don’t know if my experience so far can help anyone but if it helps one person. Then I am one happy camper:) as for me how do you deal with an abusive relationship while trying to deal with the emotional pary

MJ
9:10 am May 27th, 2016

Hello All. I buy about $100 – $150 worth of meth every four days and normally smoke my whole purchase overnight. The crash comes the following morning and it leads to be normally being in bed for three days. I have decided to smoke it at the same frequency but with lower doses. In next week, I will get an $80 and a $120 bag. The following week I will reduce it to $60 and $100. In the third week, I will go down to $40 and $80 but will also introduce some Zoloft 100mg 1 m (this combination will not cause me to suffer serotonin syndrome but this combination is not best with everyone). As I reduce the meth intake more, I will increase the Zoloft up to 200mg and will continue Zoloft treatment for 6 months. Zoloft 100mg x 2 needs to be tapered slowly (ideally over about 4 weeks), so rebound depression does not set in.

Joanie
6:50 pm May 27th, 2016

If you know someone is on meth,can you have him arrested?

Rose
6:27 pm June 8th, 2016

Our 35 year old daughter who started using Meth at the age of 14, stopped cold turkey at the age of 33. We later come to findout, she was instead snorting Oxyci pills for 2 years. In other words, she never stopped using but just changed the drug. Question, other then she relasped~~~ does this mean she has a severe problem with drugs (because she was snorting it instead of taking it by mouth)? We are having a hell of time trying to convience “the people” that live close to her and see her on a regular basis that she needs treatment, counseling, AA (all the above). Any input would be greatly appreaciated. Gracias!

Ian
6:25 pm June 9th, 2016

Hello everyone, im 17 and I’ve beenusing every day for about a month and a half now. I live with my sister who is introducing me to the same path as herself as well as my mother. It’s very sad that both of my parents, and my sister have ruined their lives with the drug I never thought would’ve caught my eye to even use let alone snort and smoke for this 30-45 days now

Shawn
6:59 pm June 13th, 2016

I started using cocain at 16 . Was bad for about 3 months then the one night there was no blow around but there was METH . Ever since then I have not been the same and I am nearing 21 years old . I have been trying to quit for almost 3 years now I was successful and stayed away for about 9 months . Then relapsed HARD . I’ve always believed I can do this on my own . As I am back to an everyday user and I hate it ! But something keeps putting it off even tho how desperately I want to quit . I always say “after this bag I’m done” then after I sleep for days I think my girlfriend is cheating on me or hates me so I snap and then don’t care . Then I just cry and cry . I was raised way to well for this idfk what to do anymore . Suicide or intentional overdose has been an option but I couldnt do that to my family as I have all the support in the world . Reaching out to those who have overcome the addiction double the 9 months sober I’ve done in the past

Pauline
9:50 am June 20th, 2016

I have a friend from high school who recently contacted me through Facebook. I had cut off contact with her in 2009 because I could tell she was still using crank (meth?). At that time, I wrote her a letter calling her on the carpet for her behavior, and ended by saying that I was ready for friendship when she ended her fiend-ship. With this recent contact, she stated that “I used to have a drug problem, but so what? I don’t anymore.” She stated that she was now an RN, and named the agency she works for. I went to their website, and they don’t employ RN’s. I next looked up her license with the state of California, and there isn’t one in any of the three surnames she’s used. I then looked at her Facebook page, and it clearly states that she is a PCA! Years ago, she stated that she didn’t think she was an addict because she just snorts one line in the morning. I believe this may be a cry for help (?). She knows that I don’t do drugs, and keep myself healthy with natural methods. I texted her phone and LIED to her, telling her I knew someone who had found their way out of meth addiction after 30+ years of daily use. PLEASE HELP! There’s gotta be someone out there who has quit after 30+ years! It’s just got to be possible somehow. I do not have the financial means to assist her directly, and could assist someone who wanted to quit tobacco, coffee, soda, etc., but this is beyond my level of knowledge and expertise. If she thought I wouldn’t see through her lies, it could be proof that she’s burned out too many brain cells, but I’m thinking it’s a call for help. She would PERHAPS listen to someone who’s “been there and done that” and I think that she contacted me because she knows I love her, and won’t stop searching until I find some true helpfulness for her, that won’t berate her and speaks from their own experience. She’s been using regularly if not daily since she was 14, and is now 47. She’s gainfully employed now since she can’t collect welfare for having children anymore. The little bit of research I have done on meth scares me! I am a plant person who doesn’t tolerate synthetic substances very well, so I would really like to find some resources to direct towards. PLEASE HELP! Thank you.

Miranda
1:29 am June 25th, 2016

I used meth from the age of 13-17 then I relapsed at age 21 was using again till 22 and I I stopped. Couldn’t do it anymore. Was so sick of it I quit cold turkey and I was still around people using but didn’t care. I just had no interest in doing it. I also quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey. Watching all the bad it does, hit me I didn’t want to end up like that. It is possible to quit cold turkey, I’ve done it. Do I have regrets, no. I had fun while using but it isn’t a life. Their literally is no hope with dope. You will lose everything. If it hasn’t happened yet, good, get out while you can!

Someone just like you
3:28 pm July 1st, 2016

I am on day 5 of cold turkey quitting. Loved to smoke it and snort it but never shot up. I am 27 yrs old and a closet smoker. I got caught up in it when I swore I wouldn’t. I am coming off of a 7 month binge. I feel like I am waking up from a dream. A dream where I thought I was super human. But instead I have no money and I’m stuck in a rut. It is time for a fresh start. I hope and pray everyone on here gets clean. If you are reading this I hope you know you are not alone.

Daniel
3:38 pm July 5th, 2016

I’ve been using meth for one year now in the Fresno area of California, the meth capital of the state if not the whole west coast….right before meth I used large amounts of heroin which I smoked off foil. I did that for three years and it was by far one of the hardest drugs to ever kick with withdrawals symptoms so extreme you couldn’t believe as you all have heard I’d assume. I immediately resorted to straight meth when i moved from my home twn to fresno. Now I’ve been smoking for almost a year everyday. How bad will my withdrawals become ? Do I actually need rehab, will I ever be me again psychologically?

josue
4:22 pm July 18th, 2016

I’ve been using meth since I was. 17 used cocaine before that I’m 31 now and this past two years have been the worst I want to stop using but I can’t before I would stop using it for weeks months but now. I can say that I’ve smoke every single day this year and 95%of last year. I need help

Zachariah
10:34 am July 24th, 2016

I am almost 15 months sober. I am a very rare case, i quit cold turkey with no relapses, no cravings or anything without treatment. It can be done. You just have to put your mind to it and stick to your plans. I hope anyone out there struggling with addiction to see this as the beginning light to a great recovery. God bless

Ks
1:57 am August 9th, 2016

I only smoked meth for 2-3 months, but for the last month, it was everyday and night for a month straight. I’d smoke about 3.5-4 grams within 2-3 days. How i didnt overdose, i do not know. I’m 23 years old. I quit cold turkey, without telling anyone that i had an addiction or was even using. The first few days were hell. Getting out of bed was hard, and my emotions were all over the place. I was around 170 lbs before i started smoking ( a bit overweight, ~18% bodyfat). By the time i decided to quit, i was 130lbs, 3% bodyfat, and sickly skinny. A month later, i am sober, have not used, am 145lbs at 5% bodyfat (gaining muscle mass). Quitting cold turkey is possible. I did it, and i did it on my own, by myself. One of the things that got me through the withdrawl, was telling myself constantly, “i dont need it”. Another was getting in the gym and working out. It is by far the hardest drug to quit, but you CAN do it. Be strong, and get clean. The best decision i ever made was quitting cold turkey

Jenny
11:46 am August 16th, 2016

My boyfriend ran me over about a month and a half ago breaking my neck & rib. When I went to the er, I found out I was pregnant. I’m trying to stay with him & help him get off the methamphetamine so he can be a father to our baby. Right now he has been clean for almost 2 weeks. We moved away so we child get away from all the drugs & people he knows. We don’t fight nearly as much, but our situation is very difficult to say the least. I was recently put on disability due to PTSD with night terrors & flashbacks as well as other problems & he hasn’t worked in years (aside from dealing drugs now & then, before meeting me). Living off of only my disability causes a lot of our problems. It’s hard to have enough money to eat & keep a roof over our heads. Let alone keep him “happy” with cigarettes & something to do to try & keep his mind off of putting a needle in his arm. Because of my past (reasons for PTSD) it’s hard for me to deal with his mood swings. Especially because of his past actions with me aside from running me over. We’ve tried getting him medical help, but they turn him away, saying he’s not suicidal or a threat to others (even though they know he ran me over & tried to hang himself). My family & friends are not supportive, understandably & he has no family really & only addict friends. He is depressed all the time & gets worse & even angry when I talk with my friends because he has no one but me to talk with. I am not going to drop my friends that I continue to remain in contact with because they are important to me & sometimes all I have when I’m needing a break from his crying spells, mood swings & depression. Sometimes I really wonder if I am even doing the right thing at all, let alone for myself & the baby, but I know he would be homeless & have no one if he didn’t have me.

Robert
4:20 pm August 17th, 2016

My nightmare had started only 8 months ago jus after new years 2016. An since has ripped my life apart, family/ marriage, small business ever since, an leaves me with shame, remorse, guilt and disgrace..it has stripped from me my morals,values,a loving beautiful wife, home, and happiness. And knowing that’s facts an the turning of myself and the heedings and warnings from heaven above,i traded it in for numerous hookers and whores/ debauchery.. basically homelessness, self employment barely above water, physical and mental malnutrition, legal issues of the criminal nature, an most importantly a relationship with God as I turned my back on him and went my unruly path. It all started with one shot in the arm from who I trusted an thought was a friend who had tempted an enticed while I was half in the bag at a local bar jus after new year’s. I remember telling my wife ” honey I’m going to walk up shoot some pool and have couple beers, back in a couple”.. she hasn’t seen me since.. Before I end not all is lost. I have Hope… God has been faithful to me and has never turned his back on me,it was i who committed that act. But still loves you an me the same… So I’ll part with this, I have heard this quote in church I’ve never forgotten it since” our loving an living God alone, can, will and wants to take all of our human wreckage an turn it into heavenly treasures for his glory, if we will jus change direction an lay it down at the cross…. An found some comfort in this as well…hebrews 14:15 ” for we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we do have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are ,yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace in confidence, so that we may receive Mercy and find Grace to help us in our time of need” ESV…

Sammie
1:09 pm August 20th, 2016

Wow I’ve read every comment..thought about if I should share or not and said what the heck might as well…while some of these comments are inspiring and some make me feel like there’s no hope.. I think a lot of it is mind power and the will to want to change n it’s sad because to get that u have to hit rock bottom before you finally understand you fucked yourself n worse some won’t understand so they never change or don’t have it in em to want to. As for me I’m currently high and have smoked or snorted meth for the last 3 years. I understand I fucked myself but that’s not what hurts what really gets to me is how its affecting my daughter who probably most likely hates me by now I havent seen her in almost a year she’s 7 she’s my main reason I need to be the person I know I can be and have been before. She was my shadow went and did everything together she use to be a mommies girl..I did meth for the 1st time at age 14 for about 5 months almost everyday my mom was a dealer so wasn’t hard to get then one day I could take the come downs anymore so I moved to my dad’s and stayed sober for 7 years ..I left my daughter’s dad in 2012 he got drunk one night we argued he hit me I went to work the next day like really why am I’m still with this asshole I put up with his drinking, his jealousy I’m not gonna let him hit me too so when I got off I had my dad pick me up take me to apt got some stuff packed n told him I’m done he said I’m sorry I can’t remember what happened last night I told him that’s the problem. So anyways that led me to going to a friends and she just happened to be smoking meth so I said fuck it why not and ever since I’ve been doing it theres only a 3 months time period I was clean cus I went out of state I went from 146 pounds size 9 to 97 pounds size 0 in less than 6 months. It felt good to be clean but as soon I as got back i just started fucking up. My baby girl lives with her dad weve never been to court..I need to stop using I need my daughter in my life cus she’s my happy and it took me a while to figure out what the hell is wrong with me why am I so sad and just angry n depressed and it’s cus im failing as a mother and that hurts so much and its all my fault and I’m the only one who can change this.. I’m going thru just a lot right now n I don’t want write a book right now so…. I’m almost completely enrolled in a recovery program just have to do assessment test I plan on being clean for that which is on Friday..I have so much drive to get clean and have a good life and make it in this world…Hoping and praying I will overcome this addiction…

6:02 pm August 22nd, 2016

Hey Ks. Thank you for sharing your experience with quitting meth with others here. I am sure someone will find your comment helpful. Best of luck in your sober life :)

Michelle
12:39 am August 24th, 2016

I’ve been off Meth for 2 weeks today & I spent most of the crying. It’s only today and otherwise I’ve been feeling good. I just wanna know if this is a normal thing that happens to people who are getting clean

Kassandra
6:01 am August 25th, 2016

Hi I am 25 years old and i first started using meth when i was 16 for fun up until I was 18. I got married and had a child. Then I started using again when I was 21 and eventually started iving… i was iving for 7 months then I went tk jail for 7 months for a possession charge. I got out and immediately started iving again for about 3 or 4 months. I quit cold turkey because I missed my daughter ao much and I didnt want to go back to jail again. I have had 2 more kids since then a 15 month old girl and a 4 month old boy. They are my angels they are literally the only things that keep me from using, because I could never bare to part with them if I ever got caught using again. However, the thought that I might not get caught again keeps slipping in my mind and I WANTBTO USE SO BADLY I cant even stand it. My heart just races my stomach turns because I need to get high sooo bad because its hard fo explain but when Im high it seems to make me normal instead of super tired and lazy and depressed. It makes me into a better happier more productive and even smarter person? What are your thoughts on this what can I do to prevent a relapse I dont want my kids to suffer from my addiction Im at war with myself mentally and I just want to break down and cry for hiurs

Ricardo
5:25 am August 26th, 2016

Usually I don’t like discussing the feelings I have associated with this drug but I do want you guys to know , “YOU GUYS CAN QUIT COLD TURKEY !” Today marks my 11th month meth free . I’ll tell you it’s not easy and it’s super shitty but believe me if your just as tough as the drug mentally you will do it . If no one can support you tell yourself and self motivate yourself. It helped for me. I’m 22 and I was addicted to meth for years . Pretty much an everyday user . I would do it at home , work , bars , anywhere I would go I would take it . I snorted it never once have I tried any other method . I went from 250 to 235 in a week and a half . I was turning into a fuckin monster . I fuckin loved that shit . Some of the best people I met are fuckin addicted to meth , people I consider friends/family and now I can’t even acknowledge them for my own fear of turning back on the drug that once made me who I was . It’s still been almost a year and I still get moments of withdrawals . I have a hard time dealing with life but slowly each day that goes by clean I feel a return of the self that I once knew and loved before the bullshit . If I can give any advice it would be to stay away, focus and maintain , try to keep out the bad while bringing in the best you can .

Guillermo
9:28 am September 2nd, 2016

METHAMPHETAMINE

How can I forget you if you arrived so profoundly
In the odysseys of life, one imprints in those who put their trust in you, many brave have fallen prisoners of your chains, many have left defeated because of your poison.
Truly, there is nothing that you can offer but a miserable life full of pain and unconformities.
You penetrate even the most spiritual souls of those who for a little carelessness, their life and their dreams may be lost without measure and without compassion.
There is no doubt that your origins are from the depths of hell.
During the nights I can see your shadow wander through the room trying to intimidate me.
I can hear your voice clearly telling me an awful lot of lies.
I know that you seek my total destruction, I know that I’m on the spotlight and hell wants my soul.
I stumbled in your tramp indeed and I have fallen prisoner of your lies!
Time passes by quickly and only one truth approaches, your total annihilation for all the pain that you have caused, the lives that you destroy and the families that you separate.
Your sentence is already written, forever you are the damned daughter of Satan.

by Guillermo

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:43 pm September 2nd, 2016

Thanks for sharing your poem, Guillermo.

Amanda
1:37 am September 3rd, 2016

I’m a single mother of two beautiful girls, I work everyday & I’ve been a meth addict for the past 16 years. I’ve quit several times but didn’t have a job to worry about. Now I do & I can’t just take off work for 2 weeks to get clean. My family helped me with my kids before but this time they have no clue that I’m using again. I pray hard I hate the way I feel I hate this drug

Guapo
10:45 am September 3rd, 2016

Hi
I need advise I’m a user of meth and I live with the most wonderful girl in the world I don’t want to distroy her love for me .did I mention my father ,great man needs to see better from me
so I want to stop but what and how do I do it
I’m on my antidepressants while I’m using and NO ONE KNOWS and it has to stay that way . I’m tired but the sex is good lol I just want to stop

Nicole
4:57 pm September 4th, 2016

When you decide to stop using, please get all the knowledge available about preparing your body for this rough change. I used daily for approximately 5 months. I only used about 1.5 grams per week but it can still take a tremendous toll on your mind and body. I began taking detox baths about a week before stopping and the day after I quit using, I started mega dosing vitamin C. I spent 3 days being quite sleepy and a little despondent.(oh, and when you mega dose the C, expect the toilet to be your new best friend.) I only stopped using 8 days ago and feel fantastic. I know that the research and actions I took to clean my body up were what really helped me. I could have used this info years ago and I probably would have never used opiates. Opiates are pure evil!!!!!! Stay away!!!!!

Just a friend
4:33 am September 9th, 2016

I have been sober for the past 12 years. I quit smoking crystal meth after one night where the realization came to me that it’s either “life or meth”. The last time I smoked, I had an extreme panic attack and legitimately thought I was about to die. I remember laying in bed thinking “This is it, they’re going to find you dead tomorrow morning of a drug overdose.” That was enough for me to say enough is enough.

Fast forward to present day… I graduated my university with honors, have been lifting weights and living a healthy lifestyle for the past decade, have a beautiful daughter, and a job that pays six figures.

I also still keep in mind to this day, no matter how sober I am, that I will always be an addict. For this reason, I will never risk trying a drug recreationally or even pain pills for that matter, because I know my tendencies and will never put myself in that position to be a slave again.

Becoming clean and succeeding in life is never out of reach, but only you can help yourself.

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