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How can you tell if someone's taking meth?

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by eveliner, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. eveliner

    eveliner Senior Contributor

    Hey, guys. For the first time in my life, I find myself in a rather difficult situation. I suspect a family member taking meth, but I just can't tell the difference between it and other substances. Could someone in here tell me the most obvious symptoms of someone taking meth? Keep in mind that I don't believe he's been taking for too long, so it's just in the incipient phase now.

    Thank you in advance for your help, and hopefully I can fix this matter as soon as possible.
  2. darkfiendje

    darkfiendje Member

    The most obvious symptoms i know from my experience in Meth is large eyes, like they drink down a crate of redbull and shaking.
    You can notice the shaking in the hands and also overtime the paranoid symptoms comes.
    This is what i experienced with meth.
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  3. karmaskeeper

    karmaskeeper Community Champion

    I was told to look for weight loss, restlessness and sores on the skin. I also believe blackening of the teeth is a sign a person maybe doing meth. Then again I suppose if the person hasn't been doing it for long it would be hard to tell.
  4. stridee

    stridee Active Contributor

    Large eyes, weight loss, sores, and being very restless are common symptoms of taking meth. Usually these kinds of behaviors are not too hard to identify, but sometimes it can be mistaken for something else. I know that meth users are also very hyper and tend to get excited for a lot of things. Meth is a very dangerous drug so if you see someone using it you should stop them immediately. There are lives out there that are being damaged by the use of meth.
  5. daosasoriza

    daosasoriza Member

    Taking benedryl or tylenol pm to rest, lack of appetite, bad dental and skin health, and tweaking, among others.
  6. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    The symptoms and sign are pretty obvious. If you have known them for a long time, the difference will be night and day. If you are asking it, then I'm questioning the validity of the question for the sake of creating a thread.

    The difference in a year is painfully obvious. Eradicate behavior, constantly moving like they are on a caffeine high.
  7. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I have known some people who have eyes who look like they are high and seem to have a lot of energy and also the person can seem to do more than they need as the weed, can give the energy and the person may seem like they are mighty and have energy. I reckon that a person can get the need to eat more and also say they need the munchies, as they think it can give them the energy and try and hide the effects it is having on their mind. It can be interesting to see what a person can look like, and also a person can think they may even be a god as well which does occur at times.
  8. sksmith094

    sksmith094 Member

    A long term user will develop "meth mouth" and most of their teeth will be falling out or rotten. They also have buggy eyes all the time, and you can really just tell that there's something 'off' about them. It's usually pretty obvious. Baggy eyes as well.
  9. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Trust me, if you know how this person normally behaves you will have no problem telling if they are on meth. As mentioned above, difference in pupil size and they will also be more restless. If they are a smoker then they will smoke a lot more and they will find it difficult to relax. They will also talk a lot more and won't get tired or yawn. Rather, they will be so full of energy that they may be able to perform for days. The lack of sleep may affect their appearance, as can the dehydration which will cause them to drink a lot more. The biggest clue to look out for is constant moving of the lower jaw and/or lips and grinding of the teeth. You may also be able to smell it on them.
  10. itstotallyher

    itstotallyher Member

    In my experience, the restlessness is your first clue. Someone who is high on meth is always going to be on the lookout for something to occupy their minds. They may dig into a project, which will look like hyper focus and obsessive attention to detail. If they don't have a project, they will be more likely to flutter around looking for one. A new user will have a lot of fun with their projects. You may see them fixing things around the house, or doing art, or cleaning. They will take longer than normal doing things, but it will be done well. As they become long term users, their ability to do things properly and neatly will decrease. I watched a friend spend 3 days installing a car stereo once.

    Beyond that, shakiness, dilated pupils, decreased appetite, aversion to sleep, and weight loss are your biggest signs. They also tend to grind their teeth a lot, or pick at themselves.
  11. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    These symptoms sound horrible! Bad skin, teeth, etc. Definitely help the family member out as soon as possible.
  12. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    If you are close to the person or you daily communicate with him, I think it is easier to look for a sign if he is using for a short period of time.
    It is easier to tell for long time users and as I can observe, they are so thin and looks like the person do not sleep anymore.
  13. BrandonA

    BrandonA Active Contributor

    They'll lose a lot of weight in a fairly short amount of time. There are a large number of meth users who take it for this very purpose. Usually it'll be accompanied by "meth mouth" and sores on the skin.
  14. Mara

    Mara Community Champion

    Hmm...meth users are somewhat hyperactive when they're high. I know someone who used to be addicted to the substance (thank goodness that he's okay now). Back then he was always restless. He does not sleep for days. And he lost weight really fast. Those are just some of the things that I noticed. You should watch out for them. And one more thing, he used to perspire A LOT. I’m just not sure if this may be considered a sign but from what I recall, when my friend was using meth, he perspired more than the usual.
  15. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    Meth users have bags under their eyes, always seem irascible, tired and crave junk food or sweets. A dude told me that his meth abusing friend always had a bottle of cola with him because he needed sugar. Also, they often pick their skin and their eyelids are twitching. If you see any of these symptoms, try and make that person seek help as soon as possible, as they can still be saved. Good luck!
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  16. Carnold23

    Carnold23 Community Champion

    In my experience an obvious sign is talking to much, moving to much and thinking to much. Next is pupils, and constant fidgeting. Weight loss, not sleeping and irratibility.
    Crystal meth is a drug that makes you feel powerful, but also so afraid. It is hard to explain. If someone you know well is doing meth you will be able to tell. It's not the type of drug you can hide.
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  17. cpinatsi

    cpinatsi Senior Contributor

    It gets quite obvious after a while. Black bags under the eyes, loss of weight and weaker body than usual. Also, a changes in behavior is a good sign that something is going on.
  18. Drandolph

    Drandolph Member

    Grey skin
    Dehydrated look
    They don't shower
    Avoid conversation
    When they go to sleep? They twitch talk in their sleep
    They stay awake for long periods of time
    Fixing things for hours
    Lack of affect
    They can't recall past conversations they disappear for a day or more.
    They stink
    They lose weight.
    Obsess over things. I.e. there teeth for 3 hours
  19. roseannepark

    roseannepark Member

    i was addicted to quartz and the typical side effects i got were(ofc it depends on the person i guess) that i used to sweat a lot, my body temperature increased as well as my heart rate, my pupils were dilated, i didnt want to eat anymore, i couldn't sleep and i was paranoid, you know i always thought this woman with her dog in the street wanted to kill me etc. Sometimes i was overexcited , i was doing repetitive things for at least one hour, and i had tremors too.
    hope it helped,
    roseanne xxx
  20. LexieLu

    LexieLu Member

    My good friend from high school started taking meth a few years ago, and he was pretty good at hiding it from all of us for the first few months. After a while, he was very irritable and started lashing out at us--not like him at all. Plus his lack of hygiene and sleep was extremely apparent.

    He became extremely paranoid about every person who talked to him, and so I started researching these symptoms. His mom and I figured out it was some sort of substance abuse and later she discovered his stash.

    He's been in recovery for the past year and a half. It's been a rough time and he still tries to push us away.

    If you have a loved one going through a meth addiction, know that they aren't directly trying to hurt you. They need you to be there for them.