The author of this article interviewed a former meth addict recently. This person has been clean for four years, but they abused methamphetamine for the fourteen years prior to that. The former addict displayed certain characteristics of someone who has been exposed to abuse, either from themselves or others, for long periods of their lives, as well as discussing other habits or characteristics with which they battle every day.
“Are you able to maintain an acceptable standard of living now that you are clean?”
“Yes and no. I find that I don’t have the stamina for many things and that I just don’t have the guts to try all of the things that I’d like to try. I tend to withdraw into my art or my music for long periods of time in order to escape this.”
“Do you keep a job?”
“Yeah, I have a job and I have been working there for over two years now. I have my own place and my own vehicle now, but that’s about it. I’m kind of a loser.”
“What about your family?”
“I don’t have very many ties with my family anymore. I see my nephews and stuff like that, but my family keeps their distance overall. I don’t talk to my parents.”
“Do you hang out with your friends a lot?”
“No, I generally keep to myself. I’m kind of an introvert, but it also doesn’t help that I have been screwed over so many times in my life, so I tend to stay away from people in general.”
“How do you feel now that you’re not on meth, especially since you were abusing it for fourteen years? That’s a long time.”
“Yeah, it is. I feel more vivid. Things are not muted and in shades of gray anymore. I’m not out of it like I used to always be. I mean, I still crave the stuff every day, but I like living in color now. It’s hard, though.”
“What has been your biggest obstacle when recovering from meth addiction?”
“I don’t know. There are a lot, which are still here today. I don’t like a lot of stress, and I don’t like having to deal with drama, so I have a hard time interacting with people most of the time. At work, I usually keep a low profile so that nobody notices or talks to me. I think the biggest pain has been dealing with little everyday problems. I sometimes want to just get back on meth and zone out again.”
“Is there anything else you would like to mention to anyone who is interested in the effects of methamphetamine and why they should or should not take it?”
“Yeah, I’d like to say that life’s a lot easier if you don’t get involved with that stuff. I mean, it’s great. I’m not gonna lie. It makes you feel like there are no troubles in the world. But it also makes you feel like there is no innocence, either. It makes you want to live in reality, but when you come off your high, reality doesn’t look at all appealing. It’s instant illusion.”
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