Drawing upon the wisdom and experiences of recovered addicts and recovery professionals, Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do is a concise handbook that explains what you’ll experience during the first year of recovery from crystal methamphetamine. It is a no-nonsense how-to manual written by a recovered meth addict for the addict-reader who wants to quit.

I wrote Quitting Crystal Meth because I wanted a simple “how-to” book when I was quitting myself and found, to my surprise, there was nothing on the market. Most of the books were memoirs. I wanted a direct handbook that explained to me what I was going to experience in the journey of quitting, what to expect, and what to do to maximize the possibility of success. Once I sobered up, had over a year’s clean time, I began interviewing lots of other recovering tweakers and researching the process thoroughly. I’d never heard of the 5 stages of meth recovery when I went through them, but I through them I went nonetheless. Most of us do. I believe it would have helped me a lot to have had this book. I hope you feel the same way. All I can say is that many recovering crystal meth addicts have told me how much comfort these writings have given them.

If you’re just starting to quit, or thinking about it, read the excerpts “The 5 Stages of Meth Recovery” and “Stage 1: Withdrawal,” to get a flavor of the book. You might also want to look at the “Contents” page under “The Book” tab up top. But please don’t forget to check out my blog on living the full and free life beyond crystal meth and addiction here at It contains the collected wisdom of a lot of friends, strangers, and other fellow addicts and will remind you of a very important fact: you are not alone in your journey of quitting. I’m a big believer that we can’t do it by ourselves. No man is an island when it comes to beating this hideous drug. We need help from others who’ve gone before us. And then we’ll need to give that help back to those who follow. But that’s just me. It’s your book to do with as you please. I do ask if you are buying it for someone else, you check out the “If You Are Buying This Book for Someone Else” tab under “The Book.” It may give you some insight into your loved one’s condition.

My goal wasn’t to change the system of recovery with this book, just to make the scientifically evidence-based information available to a common meth user like me. Also, it’s not about harm reduction, per se. There are some wonderful organizations, all online, that can coach you on how to be a better, safer addict. This book is about how to quit crystal meth, hopefully once and for good–though relapse is a common part of our story and I address that as well. In fact, I’ve included the chapter on relapse in this website as a bonus excerpt because I think facing relapse is such an essential part of recovery’s journey, especially with meth.

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Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do is divided along the five stages of meth recovery, Additional chapters look at “Crystal Meth Anonymous Meetings – What It’s All About” and “What About Relapse?” Upbeat and positive, Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do approaches the reader with respect and the disease of addiction with dignity.

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And my bio, in brief: Joseph Sharp is the author of Quitting Crystal Meth: What to Expect & What to Do, Living Our Dying and Spiritual Maturity. His books have been translated into four languages.  Joseph served as chaplain for terminally-diagnosed cancer and AIDS patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas and is a longtime survivor of HIV and cancer himself. A recovered crystal meth addict, Joseph lives in Palm Springs, CA and lectures nationally on crystal meth recovery.

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