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Functional Addict - amount of using Meth question


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Amount of meth use question
Is it conceivable that a functional addict might use a small amount daily and then on Friday/weekend ...Party Time ... use more to party?
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Venus
Jones
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Re: Amount of meth use question
Yes, this is very possible. It's usually only a matter of time, though, before the use during the week escalates.

I continued to hold down my job during my 5 1/2 years of daily use but the amount I used on say a Wednesday became indistinguishable from what I used on a Saturday. I needed a certain amount every day just to feel normal and to get through the day.

It is possible for a while, though.
Hemet
chik
Re: Amount of meth use question
yes...my best friend..uses daily while she has held down the same job for years...pays bills..raises her kids..eats and sleeps...on weekends...we use to party together..that is when she sometimes would smoke...but only did a couple lines through the day to "get through"
Time4
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Re: Amount of meth use question
Hemetchik
For years? I'm wondering how long someone can do this? Wouldn't they eventually lose everything? I'm asking because I really really think this is my husbands situation. I'm thinking he's been messin with the shyt for at least 10+ years and I'm wondering how much longer he can be functional... although I'm not sure that he really is because he works for family so he hasn't lost his job and in a normal job situation he would have lost it time and time again ... and he's got major debt. Maybe he's not functional... just lucky.
Hemet
chik
Re: Amount of meth use question
my best friend in cali...i introduced her to meth when we were 15..but I know she has been doing it hardcore since 17...has worked at the same job..same home for 11 years...she is what I would call functional...she never understood what happen to me, why I couldnt stay away from needles and had to go overboard.. she is my age 34...plus..she has all her teeth..is a little overweight..doesnt pick or do anything compulsive..well sometimes she gets on the craft thingy..or painting thingy...her eyes are brown and it is easier for her to hide...
Time4
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Re: Amount of meth use question
Hemetchik
Wow... it doesn't sound like she shows any signs of long term use. It's just so weird how some people show it and others don't.

My hubby looks like death. His skin is real pale.. his cheeks and eyes are caved in and he picks sore on his face, sometimes neck and hands. He's always saying he's got ingrown hairs... yea whatever! He's got most of his teeth only missing a few..some are a little blackened. He has put on a little weight in the past couple of months. I think he's cut down on the use some trying to convince me and everyone else he's quit. I'm so used to him looking like that to me it was normal.

I really hope your friend doesn't have anything bad happen to her... considering the bad things meth does to a body. Thanks for answering my questions. I really appreciate it
forget
suzette
Re: Amount of meth use question
I worked my job 15 years, using most of the time, before I was told by my boss, if I was anyone else I'd be fired...
...and I dried out, (quit) and worked there another 3 years.

stayed quit 6 years...
...got a job doing the same exact thing in vegas that I did 18 years in atlanta, got strung out, and I got fired in 8 mos.
archi
bald3
Re: Amount of meth use question
Its only "functional" in the most superficial and technical sense of the word though.In my experience they`re still living a life filled with subtle and not so subtle lies and deceptions,energy or complete lack of it,contact in some form with shady criminal characters,feeling terrible about themselves etc.I`d be inclined to call them "disfunctional users". Arch
Hemet
chik
Re: Amount of meth use question
dysfunctional user would be me...i slip fast into dark insanity..cant control my compulsive behavior, cant be a parent, cant do what I should do...it becomes scrambled eggs in my head while I am on meth...

for her..she functions fine...that is the downfall of her addiction, it is lying so well...she believes it..
nine
years
clean
Re: Amount of meth use question
Yes, that's how it usually happens. But meth addiction is PROGRESSIVE. It can't stay at one level. It always has to move to the next level, then the next, then the next, until there is nothing left of you. Meth wants all of you, and if you continue using, it will eventually get all of you.

IMHO.

(I don't mean YOU, I mean the addict)

See also:

Explain more about the functional meth addict

Question about low-intensity Meth user

Functioning Meth Addicts - How long can they live like this?

Is there such a thing as an "occasional" user of meth?


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