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why is meth so destructive & so addictive?

Discussion in 'Methamphetamine / Meth' started by Denise, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Denise

    Denise Member

    I have been off meth for 8 months, longest time meth free in 15 years. I'm done with it for good this time. But I'm wandering how and why do we love the drug so much and the feeling of it, even after we have seen what it does to a person and families and towns? When I'd do it I knew what the end result would be, I seen my husband and "friends" tweaking out acting stupid. I had a nice home, decent husband, 3 kids. I was a stay at home mom and wife until he and I started doing meth together. Then he started dealing it and cooking it, he sold his business he started, we had $200,000 blown in 6 months. My kids went to my parents and I stayed out hanging onto my husband at first then it was just the meth. I finally got put in jail for 4 months, got out and went to my friends house, who is a big drug dealer. Stayed strung out for a few months, then I had hit my rock bottom. No, I wasn't homeless or selling my body or stealing for my drugs, but I was empty. I finally left my hometown with out telling anyone where I was, ended up 150 miles away from home. To get away from the drugs, people and places. I had no contact whatsoever with my kids or parents for year until I was sure I was done with it. I didn't want to run back home and get into the same mess I ran from. My husband is still out there worse than ever. But I cant understand why people cant see the hell that meth produces..
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  2. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    I'm sorry to hear about your situation, but I'm glad you've been off meth for almost a year now. I think everyone sees the terrible effects that meth has on people. However, it's difficult to get off something that you're addicted to. You'll either think that that's not going to happen to you or that meth makes you feel too good to give up. I feel like those two thoughts coincide with each other. Addiction will often make a person overlook what's going on and what could easily happen in the future.
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  3. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Well done for finding the strength to do what you needed to do. You should be proud of yourself for leaving that lifestyle (and addiction) behind. I think a lot of people don't understand just how destructive meth can be with many people seeing it as just another form of Speed. Of course, speed is also destructive but it's nowhere near as potent or destructive as meth. Having been through what you've been through, I suspect that you will never ever want to go through that hell again. Of course, a lot of meth users don't realize what it's doing to them whereas other people can see them going downhill rapidly. When on meth it's all too easy to lose awareness of time, hygiene, appearance, etc and many meth users only wake up to it once it's too late.
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  4. RobertNick

    RobertNick Member

    First of all, congratulations are in order.
    It's addictive because it is a strong stimulant that profoundly affects your brain and the way it works. It causes your body to release 10 times the normal level of dopamine, the brain’s pleasure chemical. It also fills you up with adrenaline.
  5. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I've never touched the stuff before, so my point of view or info comes from other people that were addicted to it. I've had former addicts tell me that meth is highly addictive. Some people experiment with cocaine and other drugs, and thats just recreational. But form what they told me that Meth was a once and hooked drug. The feeling they got from that one usage was enough to get them hooked. Once they started coming down from it, they couldn't naturally normalize. Taking more meth was the only way the get back what they just felt. So the addiction begins.
  6. Mackmax

    Mackmax Active Contributor

    I've never used meth, but I have done research on it and watched documentaries. Meth was made to be addictive, so that people will be drawn to buy more. So in short, meth is so addictive because addiction is what makes dealers money. There is a lot of science between exactly why meth is so addictive, but that is the boring chemical talk. Meth has a very distinct and powerful high, and while there are plenty of other strong drugs, there are none that even come close to meth, which is another reason why people get hooked to meth specifically.
  7. petesede

    petesede Active Contributor

    The dangerous part about Meth is that it is highly addictive and it happens very quick. People have become absolutely life-shatteringly addicted after only 2 or 3 uses. There are people who have been using only a few months who are basically living shells and everythign about them has been changed and destroyed. Most other drugs takes a year or two of frequent use to develop addiction, with Meth it can happen inside of 2 weeks.
  8. primalclaws1974

    primalclaws1974 Senior Contributor

    That's an incredible story. I have no doubt that you are sincere. Unfortunately, sincere people can still go back to the drug that chains them. I don't know if you will truly be free without some professional help. If you really want to stay off it, at least go to outpatient therapy, and find a support group. I really hope you stay clean. If your (ex?) husband doesn't want to stop, he's a fool, but your kids need at least one parent that can be there for them. Good luck!
  9. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    Why? Because of all the different chemicals it has. Due to the number of chemicals that go into making it, the body deals with each one differently; becoming addicted to some and rejective towards others. The problem with this is you get both at the same time, causing a rage streak and addicted to keep feeling that state of go-go-go...

    I've done many tests and it always routes back to the horrible ingredients that go into making it.
  10. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    I congratulate Denise on her 8 months free of the drug and I look forward to hearing of many months more until total freedom. Everything I know about the drug, I learned when I joined the forum. If it's common where I live it's keep under the rug. In my country marijuana is still illegal and that's the only substance I have personally seen at work.
  11. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    Another reason why it's destructive is the effect it brings on society (the wear and tear)

    It forces a group of people who fiend for it to work together, to cook it, to procure the items to even cook it in the first place (Drug stores included) and then pits them against each other when the finished product is done. It's destructive in its core nature. People hoard what makes them feel euphoric and good about themselves.
  12. JulianWilliams

    JulianWilliams Active Contributor

    The main issue is that it's very very addictive. once you're on it it's very hard to kick the habit and you end up in a downward spiral until you reach rock bottom. Hopefully your husband will manage to get himself out of the hole he's dug for himself as well.
  13. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    Meth is not a helper in any problem and may, seem like getting away from problems in short term and the problems are still there and your mind will think it is good to have. I know someone who still does it he got in to the wrong crowd when younger it resulted in being kicked out of house from parents and still does not get along with his dad who is a cop retired and other family. He had a life of running from cops, and even lost friends to this and should have waken up how bad it is and it is not a friend but a enemy.
  14. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Because it makes people feel high and lightheaded, like they are on cloud nine. It produces some sort of a pleasurable effect, that's why some people love it.
  15. Kappys

    Kappys Member

    Is the effect of meth not similar to that of weed? I understand that its highly destructive and more addictive but the one and only time i had tried it, it made me feel sick and during my time high i basically felt the same as if i had smoked pot.
  16. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Kappys i have no idea.... i am glad that you did not enjoy it though :) b/c it can be a nightmare if addicted to it.