Family must realize that the person they love is not himself anymore. they are talking to someone overwhelmed with addiction. the addict has lost all sense of integrity and self-respect. He has stopped taking responsibility for anything at all. in fact, to him the fault lies with everyone else. to ask for help is to admit “wrongness” and he can’t do that at this point.
However, to wait until he comes to his senses is extremely dangerous. a prison sentence or death can happen before he asks for help. it takes more than just the family pleading and begging or even threatening. yes, sometimes threats work, but it can be much more effective to get a professional interventionist to assist.
What is Life Like for A Meth Addict on a Daily Basis.
For the meth addict, their daily lives are based on living a lie and ways to perpetuate that lie—whether it is lying and manipulation, stealing, committing crimes and other forms of tyranny. In many respects, what the meth addict does in their daily life mirrors that of other addicts who perpetuate their own addictions in the fact they can rationalize without forethought or guilt why they act the way they do or look the way they do. For the meth addict, there are tell-tale and oftentimes harrowing physical signs of abuse.
The effects of chronic methamphetamine use can cause users to have rotting teeth and open and festering wounds and is often said that once hooked on the drug, the user can appear many years older than their actual age. Because of their ghastly appearance, they may avoid going out in public or when they do they may ignore the stares and hushed talk from others. Others may notice other strange behaviours that are associated with chronic meth use such as the constant itching of the skin, bouts of outward panic and excessive talking and mannerisms.
Since meth is an extremely powerful stimulant, users often binge on the drug and can stay up for days.
Daily activities may seem normal, but are extremely obsessive and compulsive. They may repeatedly clean their house or apartment several times over or they may completely take apart and rebuild their car engine. They find activities that hopefully will help expend the seemingly limitless energy they possess.
Ultimately, the meth addict’s daily life revolves around paranoia. They may be afraid of getting caught or may be afraid on what will happen to them if they run out of money and can’t get another fix. They may be afraid of going to the store and buying the items they need to make more meth and wonder if store personnel will turn them in. They may be afraid of coming down from their high and feeling withdrawal symptoms from meth. They may be afraid of losing everything even though they have already done so but their addiction keeps the blinders on and moves them forward and deeper in their addiction until the inevitable happens: jails, institutions or death.