Why People Use Meth

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I attended a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting, on (fill in the blank). The person who was sharing that night was a 28-year-old woman by the name of Christine (“Chris”). She discussed her journey through the program, stating she was six months clean as of that meeting but was just getting to the point of acceptance that she did in fact have an addiction to crystal methamphetamines (“crystal meth).”

Chris gave the history of her addiction as having smoked marijuana (“pot”) off and on since she was a teenager. She admitted that she had smoked pot increasingly more over time to mask the ongoing phantom pain in her leg that was amputated as a result of a motorcycle accident when she was 18 years old. Then about a year ago a friend’s solution to her complaints that the pot was “just not cutting it anymore” was to introduce her to crystal meth. That’s all it took was the one time and she was hooked.

It was interesting to hear her talk about the self-reflection of her addition. She was determined to show that in the beginning there was no real downside to her addiction. Instead, she opted to rationalize that others did not understand her plight and as such they were just overreacting. She was adamant that there were positive aspects of taking crystal meth in that she had more energy, the phantom pain was nonexistent, and she was thinner than she’d been in many years. She spoke of crystal meth as if it was a long lost friend. She reiterated many times that she felt like she had life well under control until about a year into her crystal meth use when her employer warned her that she would be fired if she did not go to rehab.

Feeling she had no other choice, she did go to rehab but stating it was only to appease her boss not because she had a problem. It was not until after a few weeks of group therapy, and listening to others, that she acquiesced to the idea that her boss as well as her friends and family had reason to be concerned. She acknowledged...
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