Meth or methamphetamine is among the most addictive stimulants. A large number of people who have been trying this on regular basis end up becoming physically and psychologically addicted to it. Not only is the addict himself afflicted with this debilitating condition, but it also adversely affects those around him. Here are some ways that you can use to deal with a meth addict.
Every individual has his or her own learning journey and a mission in life. Just like the addict, you too have your own journey and mission. However, chances are that in your relationship with the addict, you may end up neglecting your needs and priorities. Most people who are close to an addict, experience a gradual and progressive deterioration in their social functioning. You may be neglecting your health, your career, or your finances. You may be withdrawing from your social network. Lessons of life are never learned from books but from figuring out the relationship amongst actions and consequences. Step back and allow the addict to experience the consequences of his or her addiction.
Be rational in your love
You might just have caught a glimpse of how irrational your loving behavior is in your relationship with the addict. Love, when it enables the addict to continue in his self destructive behavior, is misguided or misdirected. It is a natural response for you to protect the meth addict from getting in trouble by helping him out with money, so that he does not steal. This type of love is known as enabling in the realm of addiction treatment. By letting the meth addict know that addiction is not a behavior you are willing to accept or condone, you are helping him or her to face the reality of the situation. It may break your heart to see the addict get into trouble because you did not put yourself to protect him or her, but it may helps the addict to get his or her life back in order.
Guide the addict
There are several tried and tested methods of treatment for meth addicts. Most of these consist of a component of medical management of withdrawal from meth followed by long term rehabilitation and psychological counseling. Keep yourself informed of all the resources in your neighborhood or community through which you can quickly access such professional help. Get hold of some promotional literature aimed at the addict. Keep it around the house where the addict may notice it. Keep your communication channels open with the addict so that when the window of opportunity arises, you are there and approachable.
Seek help yourself
People who are consumed by the presence of a meth addict in their lives are often unaware of how deeply the problem affects their own lives. The term used by addiction treatment for such people is codependents. The central symptom of all addictive processes is denial of the nature and severity of the problem. This is not only the case with the addict but also with the codependent. You might have no clue why your social, emotional and spiritual life is worsening each passing day, and addiction might be the last thing that you will connect it to. The presence of the addict in your life results in deep rooted psychological and emotional changes, which you may not be able to cope with your own. Most organizations dealing with addiction have support groups for codependents. Connect with them for your own sake, not just because you want to fix the addictâs problem.
Live your life
Meth addiction can kill, not just physically but in every other way too. If you are in a relationship with an addict who is not only destroying his own life but yours too, try to get out of that relationship. This may be difficult in many cases, especially with siblings or your offspring, but it is often the more compassionate choice to exercise, keeping all interests in mind. If you have experienced an erosion in the quality of your personal life, do all that you can to regain it. Many codependents find strength in social or spiritual activities. Taking up a hobby or a study course can also help you recover from the breakdown of your personal life. Remember that if you do not take care of yourself, nobody else will. Putting out your time and energy to help others who are dealing with similar problems has also been found to be an excellent way to reclaim power over your life.