Signs you are living with a meth user

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Jun 25, 2013
 

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It's important that parents and other family members are able to tell when someone they care about is abusing methamphetamine.
The user is likely to get overheated and may appear sweaty without it being hot or his being involved in physical exertion. His pupils will be dilated. His blood pressure will also increase. He or she may become sexually excited.
An overdose of methamphetamine can cause overheating to the point of convulsions, cardiovascular collapse or death.
A period of heavy meth use is usually followed by a crash in which the person can't control his sleepiness. He or she may sleep long hours or keep falling into a sleep. There will be heavy drug cravings during this time period that can lead to another binge.
You might see remnants of the use, such as straws, pieces of tin foil, small bags or pieces of plastic wrap, razor blades, lighters – you get the idea. These things are all standard meth-related items. If the user snorted it, he could be touching his nose often because of the sensation/irritation of sucking it up his nose.
Hey we’re just getting started. This is where you enter the picture and start to see things.
The High
The skin is warm to the touch and heart is pounding. You will see a mood that is a little bit too happy. And lots of energy. Meth users often get little or no sleep for days after using. They will also display exaggerated or semi-uncontrolled mannerisms, such as constant cleaning, preening, talking, etc., along with uncontrolled twitching or facial tics. During the high, the meth user often lacks an appetite and may go an entire day eating virtually nothing. It’s not uncommon to see them overly productive, such as cleaning or doing repetitive tasks, even in the middle of the night. They might pick at their hair or skin repeatedly. Almost obsessively. When they do sleep, it might be agitated and filled with movement, sweating, talking, laughing, or gibberish. The user may exhibit a heightened sexual arousal. You may even notice that the person has an unusual odor.
So why do meth users want to be this way? They don’t. Those are only the things being externalized. Inside, they are experiencing a sense of euphoria, confidence, and well-being that is far beyond what they feel when sober. They live for the high, and deal with everything else.
Those of us on the outside can’t imagine how it becomes worth it. But it does.
The Plateau
There is a brief period between the high and the crash in which the user begins to shift behavior patterns. I call this the Plateau. The high is coming to an end and the user begins to display new symptoms. He begins to slow down. He might still be animated, but in a less energetic state. If he can’t get more meth, he will start to head quickly into the crash.
The Crash (aka “Coming Down”)
When a meth user has exhausted his supply and what he ingested has worked its way through his system, we have the crash. A crashing user might spend several days in bed. He might be asleep the entire time, or is awake but lethargic. He might only getting up to use the restroom or have a quick snack. The worst part of the crash is that it’s typically accompanied by a very agitated and foul demeanor. The user can get violent and display psychotic traits and huge mood swings. Lethargic, irrational, angry, moody, and confused – these are all signs of the crash.
From my perspective, this was by far the worst part. Whereas the user is mostly irritating during the high, he is more likely to focus his crashing ire directly at you. You will likely get sucked into absurd arguments or even find yourself dodging violent behavior.
It can last a few days. A few days of hell.
The Recovery
As the crash wears off, the meth user begins to revert back to his pre-high self. He might even exhibit better than normal behavior.
And just when you think life is back to normal, the cycle soon repeats and the roller coaster ride begins again. It is exhausting and frustrating for the loved ones enduring it.

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Jun 25, 2013
 
You should go on to mention some of the lasting side effects. What it does to the body long term.
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Jun 25, 2013
 
Wow .. I guess you should know the facts when you live in the meth hole of marble hill
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Jun 26, 2013
 
I feel ur pain. Then it is so hard when they try and make you believe the are not using any more and the signs are written all over the place that they still are.
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I would like to add a few things,yes I know from experience the grief and heartache! I have seen first hand the damage and the damage to the family. Trust is gone, and it its place is fear, that once they are clean it will start again! Fear of not knowing where they are or who they are with! first thing in recovery is get a new set of friends! You can no longer hang with the old crowd, old places, even music that you listened to when high on meth will trigger a relapse!
Life after meth is no longer the same, damage is done that cant be repaired! One time on meth does permament brain damage, takes 18 months of being clean for your brain to even come close to resemble what it was in the beginning. It controls your life in so many ways! Your emotions are mever the same! You also are paronoid, thinking everyone is watching you, totally consumes your very being! Meth is straight from the pits of hell, and it will take you and everyone who loves you into this same hell. People can stand in judgement but until they have walked this path they have no right to stand in judgement! There are several young people is this community now that are from good families, were raise in church, we cant place all blame on the suppliers but I will tell you that a 16 yr old child DOES NOT understand the seriousness of meth!! We have older addicts in this town who know all too well of its effects but they still give it to our children, destroying their lives, hopes and dreams!! I have seen so much in the last few yrs that I as a mother who loves her children never dreamt in a million years I would see! The next time you hear about someone being on meth please pray for God to help them and their family!
Please dont get on here cutting down not only them but their family! It is not something to laugh about and make rude jokes about!Its hell on earth! The young people in this community that are on meth were once innocent babies and in their parents eyes they are still their child!! We need help not condemnation!!
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I wonder if people know how many people are in boarding homes ect because they totally fried their brains because of meth and other drugs!
Not really the dream of a parent instead of sending them to college, we now have to place them in someones care because they can no longer take care of themselves and function as a normal adult.
Who do we blame?? lack of education on drugs??
bad parenting? the crowd your child has decided to hang with? the older meth user who so willingly gave it to your child? Bad law enforcement? I dont have the answer but I do know that as a parent of a recovering meth addict I was the best parent I could have been, I beat myself up for a long time, thinking I shouldve done this better or that better, now I have to deal with the anger inside of knowing who gave it to my child knowing that I cant let the anger consume me! I am sure the same person gave it to many of the other young people in this county!
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Why is it the poor kid that didnt know the effects, but the older user that did?.. I know for a fact there isnt a age limit on not knowing the effects of meth!! I know older meth users who come from very good families, the age thing doesnt work when ur talking about meth.. Guess it makes people feel better to blame it on a older person, they knew better & the poor young kid was just innocent.. Bullshit, a meth user no matter the age CHOSE to do the drug!!!! The excuses have to stop: the church going families 16 yr old son is no different from the 46 year old father of 2; they both chose to do meth and they are both addicts!!!
The sad part is the innocent family members who suffer everyday.. But again, the selfish meth user doesnt care, as long as they have their drug they dont give a dang about us!!! How many times can they choose meth over us before we just give up? I dont know that answer, but i do know i wish my brother, my hero would have chose me!!

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Jun 27, 2013
 
There needs to be better rehab type facilities around here. Gibson center is just a breeding ground for more contacts. I'm not impressed with it. We as a community lack in that area.
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How about you stopping it as a parent, friend or family member. People that use drugs are just plain out stupid low life's and the ones watching them do it to themselves are just as bad. I have no use for anyone using any illegal drug or even misusing prescribed drugs. For your sake you gotta get out and keep yourself safe. Let the druggie deal with his/her mess on their own. It will only bring you down.
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This is to "get help", u have no idea!!! I hope it never happens to you, thought it would never happen to my family; but it did!!
My family member isnt low life trash, hes my brother, my mom & dads son, his kids daddy, he is a person we love... So unless ur dealing with it in your family, keep your smart ass remarks to your self.... Thank you & again i hope it doesnt happen to your family.. I WOULD NOT wish it on my worst enemy!!!!

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Get help wrote:
How about you stopping it as a parent, friend or family member. People that use drugs are just plain out stupid low life's and the ones watching them do it to themselves are just as bad. I have no use for anyone using any illegal drug or even misusing prescribed drugs. For your sake you gotta get out and keep yourself safe. Let the druggie deal with his/her mess on their own. It will only bring you down.
Enlighten us how you "stop" it as a parent...
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I would think that a married man with children and a wife would know a heck of a lot more than s 16 yr old kid!!
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Jun 30, 2013
 
Yes a 30 plus year old man knows the effects of addiction on his wife, children and family. The 16 year old sees it as something a cool ( IDIOT to the real world). Old man does. Because to a 16 year old a 30 year old is OLD and should know right from wrong, and that what he does will influence those around him. Then can you imagine if the 30 year old offered it to a 16 year old- what kind of life behind closed doors is he really living? Shame on him
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Jun 30, 2013
 
A 30 year old thats been addicted since he was 17, doesnt think the way a normal man his age does.. SHAME ON METH!!!
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Jun 30, 2013
 
how about meth bodies? look @ all these skinny meth bodies and im talking about the older women I see, they think they're shyt don't stink and when they look horriable . cuz they can't stop using it!most of them have lill boy shapes lol it's true tho..and then when its dry around here all those skinny chicks start to put on the pounds. if they was smart they would study those meth bodies and follow them to find out where they're resourch is from. i could toss out alot of names even the ones you think would never do it and oh my gosh they do lmao..
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Jun 30, 2013
 
Shame wrote:
A 30 year old thats been addicted since he was 17, doesnt think the way a normal man his age does.. SHAME ON METH!!!
Makes you wonder who got him hooked!! Probably the same; so called candy man
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Jul 2, 2013
 
What cash do they use to feed and buy clothes for their children when they spend their cash for drugs
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Jul 2, 2013
 
Whats sad is you people!!! yes you know it all!! and what is it you are doing about it??? O yes!! telling people who have no lives an nothing better to do but sit around an get high, wheather it be your pot, pain pills, or yes even meth!!!! Whoever your fake chicken fessies are should get the neighbors droppings outa your mouth and try being something!!!
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Jul 5, 2013
 
As long as you put down the pipe you dumb sounding idiot. What, ur supply drying up for a few days. Oh don't look behind you the boogie man is gonna get you! HaHaHa
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Feb 17, 2014
 
All u people think u no it all. When none of u no shit. People r who they r so what if they do drugs. Y u people judge others? Dont judge people u don't no or u think u no.

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