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I had tried meth a couple times at age 24 but my oldest beother’s suicide started my addiction. I was suffering from depression already and was seeing a counselor but I still needed to numb the pain. Like anyone else, I didn’t jump right into heavy use, it grew over time. It started as monthly use then weekly, then daily. I used with my former best friend. After watching her go from user to full blown addict, I quit. I had used heavily for 3 years. I realized how bad she needed to quit but refused and I made the choice right then and there. I was clean 6 months before my grandma passed. I had my first and only relapse. I tried to stay friends with her after I quit, but she was so far gone. I knew she’d never slow down, let alone stop using and I had to put myself before her. I went to drug classes for years before starting my own. I did that for two years before my health started suffering. I’ve been upfront and honest with my kids on why I used and why they shouldn’t ever do it but I’ve been clean for over 8 1/2 years now.
I’ve seen this addiction firsthand. It usually starts as a solution to a problem, but it ends up creating way more problems. Family and friends get pushed away because of the addicted person’s selfish behavior. You start out thinking you can control the use of this drug but you can’t. It’s hard to quit – there’s a lot of relapse going on. It becomes a vicious cycle.
I grew up in a good home and one day when I was 14, my uncle let me try it. That led to 8 years of heavy use and several arrests. One day I woke up in jail and had over 20 charges. That’s when I realized this was serious. After I got out of treatment I started hanging out with the same old friends and relapsed. I hated myself and knew I had to change and finally I did it. My advice is to never try it.