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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Meth

methMeth or methamphetamine is a dangers and addictive drug. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about it:

Methamphetamine Is Commonly a Homemade Drug

Cocaine and heroin are produced in countries thousands of miles away and have to be smuggled across international borders to make it to the United States. Marijuana may in some cases be grown within the U.S., but it is also commonly smuggled in. Many other drugs including ecstasy are produced in Europe and Asia. Prescription drugs, among the most commonly abused drugs in America, are manufactured in massive chemical plants owned by pharmaceutical companies. Methamphetamine, on the other hand, is typically produced in clandestine meth labs, many of which are operated in kitchens or basements in suburban houses or apartments. Many people live right next door to a meth lab and have no idea what is going on only a few feet away from where they eat dinner, watch television and sleep. Continue reading

How Tim Got Off Meth

First Tried Meth

Tim is a big man with a calm and humble air. But he told a rather startling story about substance abuse, addiction and drug trafficking in Texas.

He started using marijuana and alcohol in high school but they were never used so much that they were problems. The drug that did bring him to his knees was methamphetamine, a drug that was destructive not only for him but for his entire home town in Texas.

He was in his early 20s when he first used methamphetamine. A friend brought the drug to his bachelor party. He didn’t touch it for another couple of years but then when he started using it again, his use became continuous.

He ran into the drug this time on an oil rig in West Texas. A salesman for the oil company, he was working long hours and was exhausted that night. A worker on the rig told him he had something that would wake Tim up — methamphetamine. That was the turning point for his whole life — for the worse.

Tim Lost Everything He Had

He went from being well off financially with good credit to losing everything he had. It got bad enough that the drug finally owned him.

Meth Tore Family Apart

Meth tore his whole family apart. His family was lost trying to understand what the problem was and how to handle it. He continued to use methamphetamine and started selling it in his community to finance his habit. He joined in with other groups who were helping distribute methamphetamine that was coming across the border from Mexico.

He avoided his family as much as possible but showed up for a few holidays. His mother would cry when he would nod off at dinner after not having slept for days. She would beg him to please stop using drugs but he wasn’t able to quit without help.

He tried using a short-term program to get off meth but in the end, it was not the program that he needed to help him. He commented that it did not give him hope to consider that he had a disease, he felt that it was his bad choices that had got him into trouble.

Finally, in 2010, after eight years of addiction, he was working on a ranch, building a fence and thinking over his life. He realized how much he needed to recover from the addiction, that nothing else was as important and nothing else would go right until he did. With the help of his family, he made his way to the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

He found that through the Narconon program, he could understand why he had made the bad choices that had got him into trouble and he could find his way out of those choices into a new sober life.

Tim Gives Back to Help Others After His Recovery

Tim Recovered from Meth

After his recovery, he knew he needed to give back, to help others recover from the same situation he had been through. He decided to stay at the Narconon center where he found recovery and use his understanding of addiction to help others win the battle.

“Recovery is all about regaining control of your own life,” he said. “I don’t believe that addiction is a disease. It’s a choice. The end result of addiction can only be one of three things: death, penitentiary or sobriety. By working here, I can help others find sobriety instead of the other two outcomes.”

Tim added that his new sobriety taught him how to be a better Christian. What he had learned about himself and the new discipline he gained “made me a more spiritual person,” he said.

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How Stephany Got Off Meth

Drinking Alcohol & Smoking Marijuana

From the Moment She Tried Drugs, She Started Using Everyday

S.B.’s first exposure to drugs was through her own mother. She was twelve and her mother was just 31 years old when her mother began giving her and her friends alcohol and marijuana. From the first moment she tried these drugs, she started using them every day.

It was a few years later that she discovered methamphetamine. After her first try, she knew she was going to get totally hooked so she got away from all the drugs by moving in with a relative. That helped her stay clean of drugs for a few years until she suffered a severe setback that changed everything.

For three years, she had held a job while getting herself through the remainder of high school but just before graduation, she was kicked out of school because her job was being a stripper. She had started working as a dancer because, as she put it, “My sister and her two kids had moved in with me and my boyfriend wasn’t working so [my job at] Sonic just wasn’t cutting it.”

Started Using Meth

She was crushed by the disappointment of not finishing school and called her friends to tell them that she was ready to get high. That was when she started using meth. It was easy to get the drug to use because her aunt and uncle in Northeastern Oklahoma were manufacturing meth or she drove to Mexico and brought it back with her.

She stopped eating and stayed up for days. She said that at one point she had been up for so long that a friend of hers found her walking down the street completely oblivious of her surroundings. He had to get out of his truck and shake her to wake her up.

She started missing important family events because she was high all the time. When she did see her family, they knew she was high because they had had their own drug problems but had gotten clean.

She Got Clean for 3 Years for Her Baby

When she got pregnant, she managed to get off the drug for nearly all of the pregnancy. In the middle of the pregnancy, she went to a drug rehab in Tulsa so she could stay clean until the baby was born and then stayed for months after the baby came. She found stability in going to church each week as well and her sobriety lasted for three years.

She Started Using Meth Again

But in November of 2009, that good period ended. From having a good life with her baby girl, she started using meth again. Home life became disruptive and she neglected her daughter’s needs.

Narconon Drug Rehab Center Help

When she found the Narconon drug rehab program, she found recovery to be easier and more thorough than any other time she’d tried it. The depression she’d suffered in her earlier attempts didn’t show up this time because of the techniques used by the staff to keep recovering addicts from focusing on the withdrawal. Instead, they kept her attention directed outward on the environment and the future. As she progressed through the steps of the program, she found that she was able to use what she was learning to be honest with herself and avoid even the thought of drug use.

Narconon Helped Her Get Her Life Back

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, the phase of the program that utilizes a low-heat sauna, exercise and vitamins to help a person flush out drug residues, provided her with a whole new level of energy. But this time the energy was generated just from health, not methamphetamine like had happened before. Her communication with her family also became easier to understand, according to the family members she spoke to. She began to make plans to get a new job, create a new drug-free life and bring her young daughter back from her mother’s house.

These results are simply what happens every day at the Narconon drug addiction treatment rehab. In fact, seven out of ten graduates stay clean after they go home.