Saturday, October 08, 2005

Methamphetamine Addiction & Treatment

Since writing the post I am in a deep quandary, I have been reflecting and praying about my friend’s addiction to methamphetamines. I thank the 7 readers of that post who left comments; those comments have helped me a great deal in understanding what is going on with my friend. They have also helped me realize that I can’t “fix” the addiction. My friend has to want to deal with it. I can support his dealing with the addiction; I cannot support nor enable his drug use.

I have also been doing some Internet research on methamphetamine addiction and treatment. I had thought about distilling the information I obtained in this post. However, there is too much of it and I have yet to fully comprehend all of it myself. Thus, for those interested, below are links to some of the best Internet sites on methamphetamine addiction that I have come across. If you know of others, please provide me with the URL in the Comments section of this post. I will greatly appreciate the information.

Drug Rehab and Treatment Center: FAQ about Meth

Drug Policy Information Clearing House: Methamphetamine

Voice of the Victims: About Speed (Methamphetamine) Drug Facts: Methamphetamine


Methamphetamine FAST FACTS

Methamphetamines: A Guide for Parents and Other Caregivers

Stop Drugs: Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine Information and Methamphetamine Drug Rehab Programs

Meth Treatment Takes More Time

Drug treatment court: A glimmer of hope in the fight against meth


  1. What stands out to me about addicts is that they always spend more time sick than they do high. They must be terribly unhappy to be willing to trade a a few days of pain for few moments of peace.

    This sounds trite, but I really think the addiction rate would go down if we had a system of mental health care in this country.

  2. i wish all my friend were like you. you are a great guy y'know

  3. I know it is Candy not a "he" friendbefore you gave the hint. Nick, you should know better than anyone, after all your years of counselling, that people with addictions become liars. A covenant is one more way to extend your support so they can continue as they are. "Honey, I'll never do it again and I mean it this time, I promise." Yeah, that's the ticket. On my Mother's grave. Yeah, that'll work.

    I admire you for what you try to do, but I wouldn't have the inclination, much less the patience.

  4. So you were really writing about Candy? Wow! You must be really hurting. I'm sorry.

  5. Jody: You are most welcome.

    Thomas: You are so right. This addict, at least, spends more time sick than she does high.

    As “a real friend” wrote below, I tried to hide the identity of my “friend” by referring to her as “he.” But my friend is my significant other, Candy, and she has been ill most of the past 2 months. It was by comparing her symptoms—dry, itchy skin, sore on her body, headaches, etc.—with the effects of methamphetamines that made my suspect she was back on the shit.

    Trish: Thank you. You have given me a real compliment. Were you not in Thailand, I’d give you a big hug!

    Real Friend: You and Prill recognized Candy in my posts. I hear what you are saying. Thanks for the admiration, but I wouldn’t wish my life on anyone.

    Abby: Yes. “Real Friend” and Prill found me out.

  6. My nephew is a meth addict. He's been through treatment and has done better but I suspect he is using, if not meth, then something again. It's a long long road but I've met real live meth addicts who have been able to move on, get master's degrees, and help others with the addiction. It is a TERRIBLE drug. Sorry I'm posting before I've read your previous blog. I'm off to it now.

  7. Sonson: I agree: methamphetamine is a terrible drug. The more I learn about it the more dangerous it seems. The worst part seems to be that it stays in one’s system for up to 6 months and reinforces the urge for more of the damned stuff. I shall pray for nephew.