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Crystal Meth Knowledge Guide

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In this knowledge guide I’m going to quickly go through the effects of crystal meth with you.


We will talk about what it is, and the effects it produces when you take it. We will talk about the side effects and how they get worse.


I will also explain why crystal meth is so addictive and dangerous. It’s destructive and damaging, and once you are in its grip there is no way back.


So what I want to do here is give you these quick facts so you can spot the danger and admit something that yourself before it’s too late, so that you can turn around in the road and head back the other way.



What Exactly Is Crystal Meth?


Bizarrely, Crystal meth was first synthesized in Japan in 1919. During the second world war it was used to keep troops alert and awake, because it did this more effectively as a methamphetamine than the previously used amphetamines.


So it’s a central nervous system stimulant that’s been artificially made, and originally for express intention of keeping you alert, awake, focus, and positive.


The key positive feelings of methamphetamine are:


  • Euphoria
  • Self-confidence
  • Wakefulness
  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Feeling totally relaxed


Right up to the 1970s, methamphetamine supplements were used without prescription. They were used by athletes, truck drivers, and basically anyone who wanted alertness, focus, and a rush of positivity and happiness.



With more scrutiny though, it became obvious this stuff was highly addictive and damaging. Therefore, it was banned.



But criminal gangs quickly realized that there was still a market for it. Crystal meth is easy to make and highly addictive, making it perfect for producing high and repeat profits at the expense of people’s rapidly diminishing health.



The Key Signs And Signals Of Crystal Meth Abuse


When you take it, Crystal meth produces an intense high. Your body will produce and flood itself with both dopamine and adrenaline.



This produces an incredible pleasure feeling. It’s addictive in itself, because it makes you feel so fantastic.


The problem is that it’s highly addictive. The part of your brain that deals with memory and emotion quickly links crystal meth use with pleasure and reward, especially because it spikes dopamine which is our risk and reward chemical.


Once you are hooked, and it will be rapid, these are the key signs of use and addiction:


  • Rapid speech
  • Inability to make sense sometimes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Significant body overheating
  • Vomiting & nausea
  • Delusional thinking
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and irritation
  • Changes in physical appearance (especially facially)
  • Significant weight loss


There are definitely other signals to watch out for though:


  1. There are financial signals that you are addicted, including running out of money, stealing, borrowing money will never pay back, and cutting back on food and clothing for yourself and others in order to fund your habit.


  1. Lying and cheating are key signals of heavy methamphetamine use. You literally lose all of your morals to get your next hit.


  1. All of your thoughts end up about the drug. No matter what you’re doing or where you are, you will be having thoughts about meth, it will be on your mind. Money, who’s going to sell it to you, when you’re going to take it, how it’s going to feel, all of those things will be rushing through your mind almost constantly.



The Risks Of Using Methamphetamine


One of the worst problems with methamphetamine use is the horrific meth face that you can develop.


It attacks the gums and destroys your teeth and gums completely. Facially, you will start to look sunken around the mouth.



Because you aren’t eating you will lose muscle tone and energy. Your skin will go grey, and you will look gaunt and haunted.



Because you are so stimulated and aren’t sleeping properly, you will look and feel exhausted. At this to the rest of the facial effects and it can almost bring on half dead appearance once you are fully addicted and heading down the line.



There are also social risks. You will lose everything eventually. You can’t keep juggling it forever, and you can’t keep hiding the signs.



You also cannot keep paying out increasing amounts of money when you are wanting to work and earn money less and less.




The Positive Feelings That Get You Hooked


Although people mostly get addicted crystal meth because of the spike in dopamine and adrenaline it produces, alongside the addictiveness of the substance itself, is the positive feelings it induces.



Some may use it to get high, while others may use it to stay awake. But whatever the main feeling that drives it, it’s all about pleasure.



In the beginning it can really mask the horrific danger you are in. By the time the positive feelings start to become an escape from the overwhelming horror of what the drug has done to your life, it’s too late.


Side Effects That Will Get Worse


When it comes to side effects of crystal meth, in the beginning they can be tolerable. They can seem like a bearable downside the pleasure you get using it.


However, very quickly the side effects will become horrific. It becomes a spiraling problem as well because of the side effects.


Because the comedown feels so awful, you start to want to take it to offset that, to stay in a good place. So use becomes more frequent.


That means you start to fear the side effects, which drive increased frequency of dosing. The side effects get worse because this cycle. When you can’t get meth, you feel so hideous that you will do almost anything to get your hands on it again.



One side effect that can be a huge issue in the long term is seizures. This is alongside a diminishing in the cardiovascular system, and increase pressure on the heart, lungs, and kidneys.Seizures can be fatal, and can also lead to stroke and other serious health conditions as your addiction progresses.



Your Appearance & General Health Will Diminish Dramatically


When using meth, one of the biggest problems is the change in physical appearance that quickly becomes so noticeable that it’s impossible to hide.



The problem with meth is that it affects the part of our brain which is related to decision-making, which means we have a warped sense of proportion. This stops people getting help or seeing the problem, because they are delusional.



Basically, you become absolutely incapable of seeing the damage that is being done. Because the cycle is so frequent you don’t even have time to step back and take a look at the mess that taken place.



But eventually you will notice and others certainly will unless the only people you know are also users.


Muscle wastes away through malnutrition. Problems in the mouth occur, and you are generally exhausted when not stimulated by meth. All of that together makes you look skeletal, weak, pale, and half dead. Almost at times unrecognizable.


Don’t think this can’t happen to you. If you are in the early stages of meth use, I’m telling you it can come on quick. In a matter of weeks, because the delusion is so bad that by the time you realize, it’s too late a few months down the line and your entire life is destroyed.


Can You Take Crystal Meth Recreationally?


In the beginning you will fool yourself that you can keep control on this, you can keep a lid on it. You can take Crystal meth recreationally and be fine.



But it just isn’t reality. What happens once happens again. It happens with bigger doses, and it happens more frequently. You can’t stop the snowball running down the hill unless you have an incredible sense of self-awareness, which the crystal meth is chipping away at every single time you take it.



It literally dismantles the part of your brain that allows you to make an objective decision making, turning you into an unpredictable, aggressive, deluded, and erratic.



This will creep into your normal life both financially and in terms of your interpersonal relationships. It always does, and you would be the only person on earth who manages to avoid it if you did.



Crystal meth even destroys the dopamine receptors. That means you are chasing that high and wonderful feeling with higher and higher doses and actually having little chance of actually getting the rewards you are seeking.


That is the point of no return. You will then do anything to try and get that feeling, huge doses, all the time. The frustration of never quite getting there, never getting that reward again, drives criminality, despair, anger, and an even more rapid onset of the problems.



So please don’t fool yourself, look at what I’ve been telling you here. You simply cannot take crystal meth is an occasional recreational substance.



It is simply too addictive. Because of how it targets the reward and decision-making hormone and areas of the brain, and gives you a rushing high at the same time, it is targeting the very center of your central nervous system, tearing it out and destroying it so that you are stuck in an endless loop of trying to get a feeling like you experienced at the beginning.

Top 10 Best Ways To Help Regain Custody After Drug Abuse

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Along with the other horrors of trying to get off drugs or alcohol, is the realization that you have lost your children to chase your habit. It may not be your fault, and domestic abuse could be part of the problem that led to drug use.


What I’m going to do here is help you change that with some simple steps you can take. I’m going to talk you through the top 10 best ways to help regain custody after drug abuse. None of them are a magic bullet. But done together, over time, alongside a positive attitude, you can get your life back on track.


I’ve seen people lose everything. I’ve seen them lose houses, and marriages, and I’ve seen their houses be used by cuckoos and ripped to pieces. I’ve seen the children taken away and the pain it brings for everyone, especially them.


But you can get the kids back, and your life back, if you are prepared to totally kick the habit and everything around it, and consistently do the things that will get noticed and help get people on your side.


1. Join And Shout About The Programs You Are On

You must join every single help program that you can. Every support group, every network of people trying to get better. Do everything you can to show that you are actively getting support to improve yourself.


But more than that, you have to shout about it. So tell the relevant people. Keep details, show the courts, show social workers, everyone.


Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help so you can be seen to take it. Ask for help from all of the authorities you deal with, and make lots of enquiries, so that there is a documented trail that you can point to show that you are trying to get better in order to regain custody and build a relationship with your kids.


2. Everything You Do Is Now About Stability And Demonstrating It

The courts, the authorities, child protection, all of them are looking for change and stability. Nobody is going to give you custody back unless you can demonstrate it.


That’s also the case with the other parent if that’s applicable. They are not going to relinquish custody in an unstable situation. They are likely to have issues with you because of what happened, and are going to be very suspicious.


Therefore, everything you do must be about demonstrating and gaining stability. Housing, work, savings, and interpersonal relationships, all of it must be stable and decent.


If you do struggle, and you face a drug test because of it, you could use a detox drink (especially if it’s an observed test), or even synthetic urine, to make sure that you pass and maintain that stability.


If drug testing could be the difference between success and failure, use the options out there. The best ways to get completely clean again is to do a natural detox and to use detox pills to speed that up. But don’t let falling off the wagon once ruin everything.


3. Understand The Actual Situation You Are In (Permanent Or Temporary)?

You’d be amazed how many people are so confused about what’s happened that they don’t actually understand the decisions that were made around the custody.


A lot of people think they have been permanently removed from the custody of their children when in actual fact it’s a temporary order. It can be muddling and confusing, especially when your head is a mess.


The first thing to do is to speak to anyone official you can who knows you and the case. Find out the exact details and paperwork, and make sure you are 100% clear on the status, duration, and conditions around the custody orders in place.


4. Get The Other Parent On Board

This should be obvious, but, if possible, you need to get the other parent on board with helping you to get custody back.


They may be reluctant, but you have to try and build bridges. Even if it’s just a few hours a week, a trial, and a discussion about an end result, you should open the conversation. If they aren’t on board, and they have custody, then there’s no way on earth that they are going to give you anything.


So look at how you can connect with them and get some discussions going on having time with the children so that they can see you are being responsible.

But don’t mention custody in the beginning. Don’t jump the gun and panic them. Just talk about a few hours a week to see your kids and bond with them. You have to take baby steps because everyone is going to be skeptical and suspicious of you.


5. Ditch Your Old Life And The People In It

In order to show everyone around you that you are moving on, you need to ditch your old life completely.


So anyone related to drugs has to go. Friends, acquaintances, even the person next door if they took drugs with you or sold on to you. You have to move; you have to get away from it all.


There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s to get rid of temptation. If the people are around you is going to be too easy to get drugs like meth, or whatever, and slip back into the old ways. Plus, those people will try and drag you back in. It’s what they do.


Secondly, you need to be seen to ditch your old life. Nobody is going to give you custody back if you are still hanging around in the same bad places with the same bad people.

So be ruthless. If you took drugs with them, if you think they might lead you back in, if they have access to drugs and could you back into the crystal meth, then ditch them.

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6. Complete All Court Contingencies


Whatever the court contingencies are, you have to abide by them and deal with them.


You have to show that you are willing to change and willing to do everything they tell you in order to stand the best chance of getting your children back.


Make sure you are communicating at all times as well. Both on your progress, and on problems you are facing. Honesty at this time will also really help you if they can see you are desperate to get clean and make a fresh start.


7. Work On Providing A Safe Environment

Whatever your situation you must work on providing a safe environment for children. That means no drug takers, no drugs, and in a place where anyone could see children could be happy.  You may not be able to do that straight away. But with money and support from local authorities, it is possible.


Whatever your situation, wherever you are, work at making it as safe as possible and be seen to be doing it. That’s half the battle, especially in the beginning.


8. Work On Your Strength And Attitude

You won’t do this for yourself or your children unless you get the strength and positive attitude to not take drugs and to be a parent.

As you are kicking your drug habit, or whatever drug or alcohol problem you have, then you need to work on your attitude. It’s going to be tough and you will be in a bad place at times. But the kids and social workers mustn’t see that.


So work on your personal strength in your attitude. Be strong and positive, look forward, and show people you are doing that. Use apps, courses, coaches, whatever you can to develop positive mental attitude and personal strength.


If you really are struggling, an alternative to heavy drugs like meth is kratom. Good quality red kratom will really chill you out and calm you down, and give you some relaxing and peace. White kratom will slightly energize you and chill you out as well. Small doses can perk you up and give you some positivity while minimizing anxiety.


9. Provide Money And A Home (And Shout About It)

You may not be able to do it, but work towards getting money in the home. Talk to the local authorities, whoever you can, to try and get some proper accommodation.

Try and work in conjunction with everyone to get somewhere where you can feel safe in progress, and your children can spend an increasing amount of time and safety as well.


Work hard at your job, save money, provide what you can, and make the best of the environment you have. These seem to be doing that as well, because they need to see you are making progress and are trying so hard to get somewhere that your children could potentially live, even if only part-time.


10. Strengthen The Bond With Your Children (Where You Can)

Finally, nothing is going to work if the kids don’t want you. You may have burned some bridges with your habit. They may be scared of you, they may not even particularly like you if you destroyed the other parent and their lives.

So do things a bit at a time. Just a few hours per week of positive bonding and doing something nice can really help. It can also show that you are determined to be clean and are trying to do the right thing.


Even if it has to be supervised, don’t get depressed. Be positive that you are still in a situation where you have a chance.

You’ll want to try and build bridges with the other parent/carer as well, so they will give you the time and the chance to strengthen the bond with your children so that they start to indirectly pressure everyone around them to give you a chance and let them spend time with you.