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Can a person smoke crystal meth for a few months and then stop without intervention and not be addic

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by showthelifesint, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. I am worried about my 25 year old daughter. We were told by one of her friends, who has gone into a recovery program, that our daughter smokes crystal meth. She doesn't know that we know. She still lives at home w/ both parents and a 20 year old brother. She was diagnosed as being bipolar & ADD. Her father and I have never seen the "real her", so it is hard to know if it's drugs or being manic. We located a live-in recovery home w/ 12 step program & is linked w/ a great church. We were going to do an intervention but now we don't know if she is still using, since she has been better the last few weeks. It will soon be Christmas & we thought it would be better to wait after the new year. She has always been secretive and never really talks w/ us, also she lies constantly, so rationally talking to her isn't possible. She uses confrontation to make any such communication impossible. Could she have stopped using? Do we need further proof of her drug usage to send her to a recovery program?
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  2. Rowe992

    Rowe992 Senior Contributor

    Well I think meth is highly addictive but with that said it is still different for each individual. Some people could stop on their own free will but others may not be able to. It is not a standard thing for every individual because some people are just of a stronger will to do something.
  3. krc7210

    krc7210 Member

    I have had a lifetime experience with meth. My aunt and uncle used my entire life and I watched them throw their lives down the drain. I also used for a brief time. I am considered an addict even though I only used for months and quit without any help or intervention. It all depends on that individual. It has nothing to do with the actual drug. It is mind over matter.
  4. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    Dr. Phil would say that you are enabling her to have an addiction and to maintain that addiction by allowing her to stay in the home. They are able to continue their drug use because you are furnishing everything that is needed at a basic level (food, shelter, safety). First, you should talk to a good counselor. At 25, she is old enough to be on her own and cannot be forced into a treatment program anyway. Most of the time a person will maintain an addiction until they hit "rock bottom" or get a "wake up call". My sister was a meth addict and didn't stop until she was arrested. If she is bi-polar then she should be on an antidepressant and mood stabilizer that should be stopping her manic phases. If she is not on her meds then that is an area of concern. But again you can only suggest you can't force someone to take their meds. Some bi-polar people don't take their meds because they are addicted to the high from the mania stage. Is she in counseling?
  5. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    This is really not the best arena to find the answers that you are looking for. She needs to be seen by a professional who can determine where to go from here. However, as far as your primary question: Yes, a person can stop using a drug like crystal meth on their own without intervention. People do it everyday. It is possible. But that doesn't even begin to answer or solve your daughter's problems.

    Since she has co-morbid disorders (drug abuse and bi-polar) she should really get treatment for both- and not all drug rehab or recovery places will take someone who has a psychological disorder as well as a drug addiction. If she is in a manic state right now, and is a danger to herself or others, you can try to get her into a regular mental health hospital where they can assess her and test her for drugs.
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  6. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    i say no, even though she has stopped for now, meth is an extremely addictive drug and it is also one of the worst drugs you can do. start the intervention immediately, get her to the recovery home and in the 12 step program asap. i dont know if she is being treated for the add and bipolar disorder, maybe it's part of the program you found, but that may cause her to use drugs too so act immediately! good luck, i really hope it works out for you and your daughter.
  7. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    I hate to tell you this but only 2% of meth users ever recover. I'm sure there are spans of time when they don't use, they seem to always go back to it. Talk to your daughter no matter how hard you think it is. She may respect you in the long run for being aware rather than being silent.
  8. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    I never tried it before but my school had an assembly and they told us that 3 out of 35 will try and stop but 1 will really break the addiction so i really dont know but i doubt it
  9. regicide3342

    regicide3342 Member

    I mean I guess you can but scientifically speaking its really hard. Meth contains reagents that make the brain addicted so it might be next to impossible to stop an addiction. Your free to try though.
  10. rightct

    rightct Community Champion

    I find this question is quite though. Nobody could really give a specific answer, but still statistically speaking, there's a slight chance to 0 for the respective person, given the fact he has taken crystal for such a long time, to be able to quit this easily. Like someone said above, meth is highly addictive and unlike other gateway drugs such as marijuana, it gets time and patience to get rid of it. It doesn't go away in a blink of an eye, unfortunately. But it depends from person to person.
  11. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Yes, it's better to send her to a recovery program. And meth is highly addictive, so there is a huge possibility for her to be so. There is no such thing as "recreational meth use". So take action asap.
  12. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    Crystal meth is a dangerous drug. If your daughter has health problems or disorders, she shouldn't be using meth. The side effects of meth could probably kill her, that sounds serious. You might need some intervention. The hard thing about this situation is she's an adult, and you can't force her to do anything. Maybe you should have some one from your church talk to her, and join a prayer group faith always works.
  13. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    This is a tough situation for your family but you are doing the right thing now.
    That junk is JUST SO ADDICTING, and chances are she has developed an addiction.
    It's hard to say, as everyone is different.
    It's important you show her how much everyone loves her and how important she gets better.
    The worst part is she has to WANT to get better, you cannot force it on her.
    Perhaps her friend going into recovery will help show her the path.
    God bless your family she is lucky to have people who care about her health.
  14. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    I don't think that any recovery program may hurt, even if the person is not an addict, but the problem is her bipolar disorder and unwillingness to talk to you and your husband about her concerns or simply about what she does.

    You might try to din what her mind is on this topic (send her to a recovery program) by talking you and hubby each other about random facts on such a program, but without being personal nor associating it with her.

    By commenting on the program as you would comment on any other topic of interest, she might pick the idea and start elaborating in the possibility to have this working for her, or simply opening to you to express what has been going on with her and the use of drugs.
  15. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Possibility it would fun you I to an adict and there is a possibility that it won't. It depends on the individual. I do know that it is very addictive so it would be hard, but its possible not to get addicted to it.
  16. Nate5

    Nate5 Active Contributor

    I have not personally used crystal meth, but I do have some friends that had been addicted to it and other similar drugs such as cocaine. They definitely attested to the fact that these drugs are very addictive, and will be very hard to quit on your own. I would definitely recommend her to attend a recovery program as it will only get worse from here on out.
  17. celestecerna

    celestecerna Member

    I would look at the facts as in, do you have addictive behavior? are you easily addicted to things and do you jump from one bad thing for you to another or replace when one is gone. Determining whether you have addictive behavior or not is crucial because that will show you if you have a mind set of an addict. Crystal is very hard to quit i had 45 days off and relapsesed and haven't been able to stop since then. It's one hell of a drug if you don't mind being out of touch with reality and becooming somebody that people aren't going to recognize, the change in person once using is tremendous and you are used to it because the drug has control and you don't even care about you, you just live to get high and get high to live