Feeling “done” with crystal meth?

Done with a high that isn’t a high anymore, but is more like daily maintenance? Done with focusing EVERYTHING IN LIFE around your dealer and getting more ice?

Done having to lie again and again to your family and friends about why you missed the wedding, graduation, funeral, birthday or whatever? Done with tensing up every time a police cruiser drives by? Done with having complete strangers you meet online inside your home just so you can host the party and play?

Done with lying to your family about why you missed Christmas or Thanksgiving? Done with watching the brightness of real life from the sidelines as you get pulled further into meth’s darkness?

Done with getting sicker and sicker as you avoid seeing a doctor because you’re ashamed? And how about done with shame? Are you done?

With the drug itself? With the lifestyle of secrecy? Done with peeking out of windows?

Whomever you are, know this. No one can tell you exactly how a person’s quitting process is supposed to look. But I can tell you what to expect physically — like exhaustion, body aches and so forth — and what to expect psychologically — like depression, hallucinations, waves of anger. With this knowledge, you don’t have to be subject to the whims of withdrawal. You can soar into recovery!

Join me and let’s be done with it together.


Additional Resources: the entire chapter on “Stage 1: Withdrawal” is excerpted. Look in the menu bar and you will also find the excerpted chapter “What About Relapse?

  • Becki Hansen

    Every word of this post spoke to me; everything that’s been weighing on my mind. I’m SO mad that I started up again after being clean for 13 months after 11yrs of using! Now that I’m unemployed – again – just gotta make the time to do it all over – again. I will surely be reading your book again this time. Thank you, Joseph, for being one of the things to refer to during my recovery that actually helps!

    • Hi Becki, you know one thing for certain: you can stop using because you did so for 13 months. Yes, withdrawal will not be a cakewalk and all the other stuff that comes with it. Just remember all the negative voices you’re hearing are the lies your “addict mind” will tell you. You’re going to have serious dopamine depletion, so be gentle to yourself. At the beginning, we’re mostly talking brain chemistry and so you’ve just go to get through the withdrawal. Don’t believe your thoughts about failure and hopelessness. I see a lot to hope for. You CAN do it. Stopping for 13 months is progress. Focus on that. Not the so-called “failure” of sobriety. In the larger scheme you are dancing around at the end of your addiction. Quitting is a process, not an event. But there’s nothing to me that indicates you are not at your end of using. Stopping and starting (after 11yrs) is great progress. This can be your last relapse. Why not? You can do this.

      • Becki Hansen

        You’re amazing, thank you for your kind and supportive words!