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Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Joseph, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Bozz

    Bozz Active Contributor

    An old friend used to be into his Speed while drinking and partying, he danced around alot! He was so skinny.

    When he kicked the habit, he still enjoyed partying and drinking. Must have only been a year before he'd managed to be 2x as heavy, swear he still danced round as much.

    He always says his favourite diet is a speed diet!
  2. Jani_pikki

    Jani_pikki Member

    I've experienced it myself, back in the days when I was still using I rarely ate anything and if I did, it wasn't something nutritios and very late at night. Now years later, I am paying the consequences. I haven't got enough calcium from my poor dieting and so my teeth are chipping very easily. I am also experiencing, now that I have messed up my metabolism, I'm picking up weigh and struggle to loose it again.
  3. Dame

    Dame Member

    I like how you call it more rewarding. When you using you forget and don't think about the weight loss as much you just think of the high. When you turn to a healthier lifestyle your not only more stratified but also feel better about yourself. You take more notice of yourself with a healthier eye and outlook. I think its awesome you chose the healthier route.
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  4. toppot44

    toppot44 Member

    This is so true! I noticed my weight dropped dramatically one I gave up alcohol abuse. When I was drinking, I drank many sugary drinks and often altered my eating patterns by trying to absorb the liquor which resulted in higher calorie and overall food intake. In addition, alcohol is a depressant that can lead to comfort food binging. Alcohol actually gave me the munchies as well.
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  5. RKB77

    RKB77 Member

    I'm a fat drug addict!!!
    Well it's been 6 years since I've touched an opiate which is my only DOC (drug of choice)
    All the constipation from opiates can cause you to swell and get an unnatural puffy look. But this is after years of use. I actually lost 40 pounds within 6 months of quitting the pills. Just saying it comes in all shapes and sizes. I've got a beautiful smile, my husband owned a business, I drove a Mercedes Benz and I had a dirty little secret!! My kids went to private school and I was a soccer mom and a piece of ****!! Snorting roxys in my car real quick before I walked into my daughters pageant. No one knew until I had to out myself before I killed my damn self. My husband and parents knew but there wasn't much they could do. Bottom line.......addiction never discriminates!!!
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  6. RKB77

    RKB77 Member

    I did the exact same thing when I was using so that is quite possibly the reason I was a drug addict and still fat! When I quit the pills and just started living normal, I lost 40 pounds just living a different lifestyle and get this... I was eating more just more often so my metabolism sped back up.
  7. RKB77

    RKB77 Member

    I think opiates are much more prevalent than many people realize
  8. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @RKB77... Better to be overweight than to be addicted. Congratulations on your 6 years of sobriety. Keep doing the next right thing!
  9. Jamiew72

    Jamiew72 Member

  10. gottanewlow83

    gottanewlow83 Member

    Recently, within about seven months, I have become a hardcore drunk. I should mention, I already take 100mg of the withdrawal med methadone. I lost control of everything. My poor family would drive 85 miles in one direction to help me. Unfortunately, I was beyond anyone's help. So here I am I need help, please anyone's answers will help. Thanks so much, new low
  11. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @gottanewlow83... I'm sorry to hear that you're struggling. Have you considered seeing an addiction specialist? They can assess your situation and recommend the best next steps for you. It would be a good step for you to take. It sounds like you're ready to make some changes, and that's a wonderful thing. We will help and support you however we can.
  12. Tae

    Tae Member

    I have been living on little ceaser's hot n ready for some 75% of my diet in past 3months cause of my habit. I still loss 20lbs. Used to be a meat and potaoes guy. Everyone noticed before I did (the weight loss)....a smoothie sounds good right about now, one of those anti-oxidents kinds
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  13. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Tae i love pizza, but yeah, that's a lot of pizza! glad you are here and you're ready to make some big life changes for the better!
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  14. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Tae... I love pizza, too, but if you're gonna eat pizza try to get something better than Little Caesar's! I know it's cheap, but treat yourself to something better once in a while! ;)
  15. RyanB

    RyanB Member

  16. StephenM

    StephenM Member

    I lost some weight while I was using, which coincidentally was around the time I was dieting to lose weight for personal reasons. I didn't use specifically to lose weight, but I was always kinda fat so I definitely didn't mind. What surprised me though is since I've stopped using, my weight hasn't gone back up much. I only used hardcore for a few months, which was enough to thin me out and turn me off to the lifestyle for good. I eat freely and don't make particularly good food choices, but I've only gained maybe 10 pounds the last couple years. I'm guessing it's because I packed on most of the weight as a kid, and as an adult my lifestyle is a bit different. Though from what I understand, this isn't typical and I would advise against intentionally using street drugs to lose weight.

    I should note that I lost as much muscle as I did fat and even though I looked thinner, my body was very weak and flabby. The REAL weakness doesn't go away after coming down and eating; you have to rebuild that muscle over time. I didnt even realise how weak I was until I ended up joining the military and posting some very embarrassing PT scores. Our drills went out of their way to shame the weaklings and fatbodies, so that made it extra fun being out of shape. It was also embarrassing running with the females (no offense intended ladies, our women in uniform are amazing ) and other Charlie runners because I was too slow to keep up with Alpha and Bravo, which were 99% male. I could barely keep up with Charlie at first, and they didn't even run at a speed that would pass a male PT test. Our drills would run beside us and roast us the entire time LOL. It sucked but I wasn't the only one, thank god. I managed like 15 pushups in a minute and it took me nearly 10 minutes to 'run' a mile for the diagnostic tests we did in the very beginning. But, ultimately, I picked up enough strength over the 3 months to pass the tests. But only barely and only because I did extra PT in the platoon bay at night.

    I guess the reason I posted this is to dissuade people from intentionally losing weight this way because I know they're out there and thinking about it. I didn't even do it on purpose and it was terrible building myself back up. So you can bet it'll be worse if you do it intentionally, for longer periods of time. I didn't plan to join the military afterward, but I did, and it wasn't until I got there that I realised just how much those couple months of using had torn my body down.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  17. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I'm glad you gained enough strength to pass the test, @StephenM. Are you still in the military? Regardless, thank you for your service.
  18. Joshstillclean

    Joshstillclean Stupidity Exists - Fact.

    i narrowly escaped joining the marines. i had already passed MEPS and was scheduled to go to paris island. i was doing marine pt training ( a pre- hell course before the actual hell) and i'm telling the truth when i say 24 hours awake then a midnight run on the coast and if you fell down from exhaustion, you were laughed at and punished by startng over. come to find out you were not going to pass until you fell down and had to start over. i'm sure if i had gone in i would have avoided much of my hardcore drug use.. but- life had a different plan for me.
    i admire you man. i really do that pt ( don't know what branch you are in ) but it's no joke. and it is made to beat up the weak that's for sure.
    i would have gone in to see combat for sure. so i'm sure that even though i did want in at the time this worked out for the best. but great advice. i'm a year and a half clean today and still building up strength that i though i had-HA.
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  19. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    @Joseph will you please tell us the truth?Many of us have come here for redemption and found it,you may not be making money but look in your heart this has got to be about compassion, I beg you to please bring back our 2 moderators,they have helped save lives, won't you allow them to continue changing humanity for the best.From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the site,and for @Dominica and @deanokat PLEASE WE NEED THEM
  20. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    @Joseph inbox me,I've been around long enough to talk to you 1 on 1.Please I beg you