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Explain more about the functional meth addict


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Functional meth addict
I just read the post the Functional Addict and the dysfunctional addict. Can anyone explain more about the functional addict. Is this meaning everyday use and assuming no one knows what you are doing. My husband was / is using meth and now I am staring to feel like he has switched to coke to be a little more functional as it is less obvious. Can anyone relate?
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Sfj Re: Functional meth addict
Yes, functional addicts are much more common than some people realize. Although, there are a few hard core recovery folks who scoff at the the notion of "functional."

A functional addict can use a limited amount on a regular basis and maintain the appearance of a "normal" person. (normie)

But it is a very dangerous condition because the user has discovered a way to prolong the use and temporarily prevent the inevitable.
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suzette
Re: Functional meth addict
It means you work everyday.
....you don't look strung out, or ghoulish.

you pay your bills.

it actually compliments, enhances, and improves your life
at first.

I'm ADHD...
...when I first started using, it made me EFFECTIVE.
I was putting out poems and art like a prodigy.
...my house was organized and clean, I radiated health, and
sexuality....I was looking great, feeling great, my weight was lower than it should be for a change......

....the world was moving, I was right there with it.
AND I WAS!!!

well...

like a new lover...

...it's hot and heavy at first,it LOVES you, it HAS you,
then it does'nt care about you, and uses you up.
....takes the best years of your life, you friends and family hate it, you can't see it screwing you.

like a lava lamp it streches into other forms, and there's no way to predict what shape it'll be in later.
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townGIRL
Re: Functional meth addict
A functional addict can use a limited amount on a regular basis and maintain the appearance of a "normal" person. (normie)

But it is a very dangerous condition because the user has discovered a way to prolong the use and temporarily prevent the inevitable.

I think this is what I am observing in the person I know.
How long they can keep it up, is just a wait and see thing.
Penelope Re: Functional meth addict
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Although, there are a few hard core recovery folks who scoff at the the notion of "functional."
I'm one of those hard core recovery folks, because for MANY years I was one of those so called "Functional addicts."

I always worked in a professional capacity, at one point had a 3 bedroom home, a Fiat Spider for fun, a family car, a pickup truck, and a Harley Davidson (For even more fun.) I had an "Important" position at a State Hospital, lots of credit and credit cards, kids did great in school, always fed, always clean, always cared for.

I lost every bit of it because of meth.

10 years later, after re-establishing MOST of what I had lost, I lost it all again - BECAUSE OF MY ADDICTION TO METH (Among other things.)

I used before, during, and after work. I brought work home, cleaned the house all night, then back to work again.

I HAD TO HAVE IT TO FUNCTION...and in my mind today, if you have to have meth to function - YOU ARE NOT FUNCTIONAL.

"Functional" people should be able to function WITHOUT having to resort to drugs to do it.

I believe the functional addict just prolongs the inevitable - meth addicts are going to crash and burn sooner or later (Most of us, anyway.)

The "Functional" ones just drag it out longer and lose more as a result.
Catherine Re: Functional meth addict
OMG, I also had a 1979 Fiat (Fix It Again Tony) 2000 Spyder, which did in fact live up to it's name. I must have spent more money fixing it than what I initially paid for it. Still, I loved that driving that car down the coast in the summer with the top down.
Comtux Re: Functional meth addict
Functional addict lol i find this a joke people its speed this stuff makes you want to clean your house what is dysfunctional about cleaning.

I use to goto work high wash dishes like a mad man then go home and widdle a log down to a tooth pick repeat process untill you crash and finaly burn.

To me the differance would be
Functional still in decent health
Difunctional "sigh" poor health

See also:

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

Functional Addict - amount of using Meth question

Question about low-intensity Meth user


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