The Truth: You CAN Quit

 

You’ll hear outlandish statistics, that only a small percentage of us ever quit or stop using successfully. Cast that out of your mind. FACT: People quit crystal meth all the time.

Here’s a number to think about. Given the estimated meth usage worldwide (it’s an epidemic, btw), if only a small percentage, say less than five percent, have successfully quit, that’s well over a million people who have quit worldwide.

If over a million people worldwide have quit crystal meth successfully, why can’t you be one of that growing number?

There’s no reason you can’t be. I’ve personally witnessed hundreds of former tweakers who are now living their lives clean from crystal meth. You can be too.

Three things to remember, up front: 1) quitting is usually a process and takes time; 2) a lot of things in your life now (that is, your life of using) are going to have to change – but you’ll like what you replace the old life with, promise; and 3) it’s a lot easier to quit if you have help, a community of likeminded former addicts and supportive loved ones who understand the quitting process you’re going through.

Hopefully, this website will be of help. You don’t have to buy the book. I’d estimate over 80% of the book is on this website for free in blog form or another. The book is basically there so you can have all the information in one easy place to reference. On the website, I’ve included two chapters in their entirety: “Ch. 1 — Withdrawal” and “Ch. 9 — What About Relapse.”

And don’t forget to check out my blog. Most are designed for the person who is in her or his first year of quitting. In other words, they’re meant for you.

You CAN do it. If I and over a million other people can quit, so can you.

— Joseph

  • Wife

    Can u tell me how I can buy the book in Australia? I live in Melbourne.

  • Mel

    Hi there, I’m from South Africa, how can I buy the book?

    • Amazon uk should have it.

      • Mel

        Hi there, thanks for responding. I found that TAKEALOT.COM has it. You just order and pay and they deliver. THanks!

  • Lauren Palmer

    I’m not sure where is appropriate to post my question so I choose here. In the latter part of my addiction I have used to sustain the energy I need to just get through the day: work, dishes, laundry etc. Every attempt I’ve made to quit so far has ended in a need to be able to stay awake and handle my responsibilities. Recovery I feel would be a cinch without responsibilities. But I haven’t found any advice to help me stay awake at work, or even get out of the house successfully in the withdrawal phase…when calling in sick or putting life on hold just isn’t an option. (And coffee doesn’t cut it either!) Any advice??

    • As far as I know the only drug that will help somewhat with withdrawal is Wellbutrin. But you’re still going to have to go through it to some degree. Wellbutrin will help avoid the depression and some fatigue, but only some. Sorry I don’t have better news.

    • Lynn Gustaitis

      I am 53 I’m a week clean for the 29th time my friends say I’m a little old for meth. It came in my life when everything fell apart it didn’t ask me for an ID. I will fight it forever it has not been my friend for a long time.

      • Lynn Gustaitis

        I hope one day I will wake up OK but on it I’m scared to go to sleep

    • Shell

      Hello Lauren, best advise I can give is to give up the meth as a option for success all together. Those 2 words don’t even fit together sweetie. Have you tried a better diet? You would be amazed at what a difference eating well can make in yr level of energy. Exercise too. I been Meth free for almost a half a year now and I have more energy now then I ever did doing drug’s. Eating well balanced meals has made all the difference in the world not to mention quitting meth. I bought the 21 day fix and it taught me how to eat rite and I feel and look so much healthier. I don’t do the exercises yet but I’ve already seen a huge change in my energy levels. Let me know if you have any questions k. Ill be checking.

      • Shannon Sherrill

        We’re do u find 21 day fix

        • Shell

          Hi Shannon, You can either call or go online here’s both: 1-800-281-9776 or http://www.beachbody.com/21DayFix

          • Shell

            If you do get it and have any questions or need some support I’m here to help k. I’ve currently lost 20lbs now and I don’t even do the work outs. It really is amazing how eating rite can make such a huge difference. I just want to say if you’re meth free congratulations! This diet will help you keep control of any weight you may have gained by getting clean. I know as women we are really concerned about our size and if we can stay fit, it’s just another tool to stay clean. I knew plenty of women who used as a way to stay thin. Crazy rite but it’s a real fact. Good luck and good for you: ) !!!

          • Shannon Sherrill

            Thanks sweetie, I’m glad it helped u and I need all the help I can get lol

          • Shell

            My pleasure hun: ) I read that you mentioned that it took you a year to feel normal again. If you don’t mind me asking, how long have you been Meth free, and how long did you use for? Also, how old are you? I don’t mean to be so intrusive I’m only curious how much we might have in common. I am 36, I used for 20yrs. Gross rite Lol. I’ve been sober for almost 8months now. I use this site as a tool. My only guide, I have allot of questions nobody can answer. Things like… I don’t always trust my mind when it comes to making choices. I still battle with manipulation. I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I’m starting to isolate myself out of fear of making a bad choice. Anyways, sorry for that rant Lol just reaching out I suppose.

          • Shannon Sherrill

            Well i was clean for 5 years . I got
            A 2nd chance. I just graduated
            Hair school and loving it and meet
            Husband #2. We just bought a house I had it all from the outside. Then I did i relapsed for almost 2 years. I don’t Wana lie but longest if been clean is
            A few days. I’m 42. Which is old enough to not do this shit anymore. I’ve done it off and on. I so know wha u mean as far as
            Minipililation. My
            Mind races and people don’t get it. I heard of a
            14
            Day program if u want info let
            Me know. Hang in there sweetie. I apologize for my grammer I’m using my phone and can hardly see lol

    • Farrah Daigle

      I’m in the same boat as you and I have no energy and I miss it. I don’t know what to do so if I get any answers I will pass them on

    • Shannon Sherrill

      I’m in the same boat . I hope winging my self off helps. How long have u used? I got clean b4 for 5years then i did relapse a few times.

  • Farrah Daigle

    I am 3 months clean and my energy level is not coming back and the anxiety from the drugs has left me wondering if it ever gets better. I’m in a constant worry state even down to doing my hair over and over. It’s like my brain won’t shut down and its exhausting. Please any tips

    • Shell

      Hello Farrah, and let me start with saying congratulations on your sobriety! As for your energy level goes, from my own experience, diet is everything! I changed my diet after about 3months into my sobriety and my energy level changed drastically. I also lost 15lb. Do some research on what might work for you. If yr into energy drinks and sodas, I would cut those out completely. Veggies and a high protein, low Carb diet can really make a difference. Water, drink lot’s of water as well. OK, as for yr brain, it’s got some healing to do Farrah. Joe Sharp taught me a lot about what the mind has to go through to recover from the damage Meth can do. However, in most cases it recovers fully, but it can take 6months or longer. Keep at it! I’ve been Meth free for 7months, and my brain is like night and day. Next time yr on this site

      • Shell

        Farrah… sorry my thumb hit post in mid sentence. Next time yr on this site hit reply to one of Joe Sharp’s post. He has really been a God send in my many questions and frustrations. He always has great ad helpful feedback, and always replys. He’s a busy man but he actually gives a shit and takes the time. Stay the course.

      • Farrah Daigle

        Thanks for the advice. I started exercise and eating better and I sleep alot but I started back on my anti depressants so I’m sure my brain is trying to reconnect the wires slowly!

        • Keep the faith alive that you ARE healing, your brain will get better. The latest medical research back this up, too. It’s not just anecdotal evidence from my experience.

          • Shell

            Hi Joe. I used to post in rock bottom but I can’t find it anymore. Where has it gone? Anyways I need your advice as usual. I’m now 9months Meth free! I’ve lost my best friend to Meth again, she was my only friend. I’m so alone now. I dnt talk to her anymore because I can’t associate with anyone involved with it. Period. No matter how much I love them. I have one person who is now my everything and that’s my man. But now he thinks he’s holding me back. Sometimes I think we hold each other back. But we want to grow together! Is there anyway through this that doesn’t end in separation? I don’t want to say goodbye but we both will if we feel for one moment that one or the other is the cause of the other’s failures or shortcomings. Please she’d some light Joe. I know I need to start going to meetings an meeting other people. Building a life outside of his an our relationship. I know its healthy. I don’t trust me yet. I don’t trust my brain an it’s decision making skills yet. I so scared of making the wrong move and fucking up something I love so I do nothing at all an it’s not working either. He keeps reading all this doctor read shit about meth heads and it’s all so harsh. Painting us all as one, an not individuals with soul’s and feeling. I am shocked at what these doctor are describing us as. As if we are not people at all but monsters, a walking talking acting bag of Meth, is horrible. And this is what my guy is reading and he’s reading it about me in his mind. I’m going through some major challenges Joe. I know I paint rainbows and butterflys my last few post, mainly short of time I guess, but it’s getting hard out here. Not staying sober but coming face to face with myself. I cant escape me! I have to deal with all my feelings now like a grow woman. Its all new for me. Anyways. I’m sad. Really fucking sad.

          • Hey, Shell.

            First, congratulations on your nine months. With all that’s on your plate right now, I really encourage you to get some help from an outside professional (counselor, therapist) if at all possible. It’s unfortunate about your friend, but you’re right in my experience: at this fragile state of your recovery, it’s best you don’t associate with anyone who is using. And your instinct that it is time to go to meetings (NA if there’s no CMA) is a good one.

            As far as your relationship, I know there is a way through addiction while also keeping a primary relationship (even if both are recovering addicts) and I know it’s not easy. I don’t like to comment on relationships in particular, but I will say that, in general, in most relationships both sides grow and establish healthy lives outside of their primary relationship as well.

            Life is hard. But please don’t use over this. I know feeling all these feelings is a new experience. And it’s scary as hell at times. Get some help. Get a counselor you can trust, if possible. Get help with a recovery community (ready made by 12 step meetings). It’s okay to feel sad, but I want you to remember YOU HAVE 9 MONTHS CLEAN OF METH… when your man reads these outlandish things from his source, counter with: “And I’ve got 9 months clean.” Maybe show him some blog posts from here — the one with all the positive news about the brain’s ability to heal and recover from meth, for example. You have 9 months, Shell.

            Nine months! Remember what it was like that first month? Look at how far you’ve come. Yep, it gets hard sometimes (a lot of times), but there’s one thing we try to remember no matter what: my life now will only get worse if I pick up and use. I’m proud of you as I’m sure others who read your posts are. Thank you for your honesty here.

          • Shell

            Thank you Joe. Thank you. And I wont go back to using. I know it will only kill me and everything I’ve worked so hard for these past 9months. I’ll keep posting on my ups as well as the downs. Goodnight guys )

    • Shannon Sherrill

      Not sure how long u used but don’t give up it took me almost a year to feel normal again

      • Farrah Daigle

        I used for 2 yrs

    • I’m inflight and my wifi time might expire soon, so I’ll be brief. It will definitely get better. Search the blog for “the wall,” as you’re definitely experiencing some of that. Shell’s advice about diet is good stuff and will help the body heal. Your brain is in the process of healing and your anxiety is probably a side effect of that process — so, it’s a good thing. But if it gets too overwhelming go see your doc. I’ll add: meditation and exercise to the tips list, too. You’re brain is healing. It will get better.

      • Farrah Daigle

        Thank you for getting back to me. I have been trying to understand my drug addiction for the past 20 years along with the bipolar disorder. I had been using meth for 2 years and I think that drug caused the most damage. I lost time and memory on this drug. It’s funny how the brain works or doesn’t work on this. All I know is it feels like I’m never going to be able to live normally or as normal as possible.. But I’m going to try..

    • Shannon Sherrill

      It took over a year , so hang in there. That’s the reason I used to make it so my brain would stop. I almost gave up a few times but don’t. I would get myself a gift
      Every week I made
      It. Just take a day at a time. Your brain will stop

      • Farrah Daigle

        Thanks for the advice ! And your grammar was fine!! Lol. Well. The struggle is so real but I pray I am healing in the brain mostly from the drugs. Meth was the only drug I feel like I lost time and can’t believe or remember alot of my actions on the stuff.. Did it go that to you??

    • Shell

      Hi Farrah, I just been thinking about you and wanted to check in on you see how you are doing. I hope things are getting better for you. If you need someone to talk to I’m here and I’ll respond I check this sight every day and if you hit reply to my post I’ll get a notification. Don’t hesitate please. ☺

    • Katie

      I had the same problem. Yoga helped alot and I started taking hemp seed and flax oil which can be found at health food markets. These seened to help too 🙂

  • Robbi

    I really want to quit using meth. Ive been doing it pretty much every day for the past 15 years. Im only 30 so thats well, half my life. I wish I would stop, but I feel as if I dont even know how

    • Hey, Robbi. Over a million people worldwide have successfully quit meth. You can be part of that ever growing number. There’s no reason why you can’t. First, it helps to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. Read the various posts on this site. They ought to help give you pointers as to how to quit. There’s a link to a book excerpt on “Withdrawal” on this site, as well. It will prepare you for what you should expect to experience emotionally and physically with the withdrawal stage. If you can afford it, I’d suggest you order the book QUITTING CRYSTAL METH from Amazon. There are links on the left side panel at the top to the book page. But know that if you can’t afford the $14.99, you DO NOT have to buy the book because at least 80% of the book is on this website for free (in either chapter excerpts or adapted to blog form). The book is just a convenient way to have it all in one place. If you are in or near a large urban area, there is probably a Crystal Meth Anonymous meeting somewhere nearby. If there’s no CMA, there’s definitely an NA (narcotics anonymous) or an AA meeting, that’s better than nothing. If the 12-step thing isn’t right for you, there are many other alternatives. But read the most recent blog post http://www.quittingcrystalmeth.com/crystal-meth-anonymous-pros-and-cons-2/

      It will give you an idea of what CMA or the 12 step meetings are like. There’s a whole chapter in the book about it, as well as a detailed “What to Expect & What to Do” for each of the 5 stages of recovery from meth that you’ll most likely experience in the first year of quitting. Hope this helps. It’s hard to quit alone. Try to find some new friends who are not using friends. A CMA or NA meeting is the easiest place to locate these people… but read the blog post “Crystal Meth Anonymous: Pros and Cons.” It will help.