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Message Board > Methamphetamines > Meth...can One Stop Use On Their Own?

Posted by: Rich L. August 2, 2016, 1:09 PM
My son lives several hundred miles away and the last 2 times we talked on the phone he was high on meth and was paranoid about lots of things.

I only recently reconnected by phone and he swears that he has stopped using meth and alcohol (he professed to being an alcoholic) on his own without rehab.

Should I believe him?

Posted by: Papa Bear August 2, 2016, 1:31 PM
I'm an alcoholic.

I know many who got and stayed sober without rehab.

I know NO ALCOHOLIC of my type to do it without regular meetings.

It's not a cure - it's a daily reprieve.

Bob R

Posted by: jjenakabc August 3, 2016, 10:42 AM
My first instinct is NO. Why is he paranoid? How will it affect you if you knew for sure? Would it change anything?

Posted by: marykat80 August 4, 2016, 2:56 AM
Hey rich, yeah it is possible...I definitely think someone that hasn't been using for a long time would be on the possible side. The thing with meth though, I think more then any drug are the lies. I guess I'm saying, yeah it could be the truth but a bigger chance of not. I've watched meth addicts deny they use to other meth addicts...they've gotten that insecure with their addiction they can't even admit to people who do the same thing! I don't mean for this to sound contradictory in any way...either is possible

Posted by: HoldOnPainEnds January 23, 2017, 12:40 PM
As a meth addict for going on 5 years, I can definitely say that yes. Someone can stop using on their own.

Stopping forever? No. From the first time i hit that pipe I've tried to quit numerous times. And
I was successful every time... For a few months. Recovery is not something you can do on your own. And I'm only just beginning to realize this. I leave for rehab in three days. I havent used since December 28th. Some people I know have been saying "Why do you need rehab? You haven't used in almost a month?" Well, because, this is the cycle I go through every time. Except this time, I'm opening myself up to every option I never surrendered to before. I KNOW I cant do this on my own. Which is why I'm seeking help.

Your son can't quit on his own. But you can't force him to get help. An addict will not seek help until they are fully ready to change their life.

Do not let that discourage you. Talk to him. Show no judgement. When (if) he admits to using, do not get angry. Anger is not what he needs. He needs love, compassion, and understanding.

Posted by: on my own February 19, 2017, 8:28 PM
I would like to ask the guy who just posted that he was able to quit on his own for months at a time .... can you give me advice as to a good schedule for the days on how to stop on my own successfully? Is there vitamins, excercise, etc that could make the withdrawal easier. I am a depressed person initially prior to begin the use of meth. Any advice for me to go by would be appreciated. Thank you.

Posted by: Bassclef72 February 20, 2017, 9:58 PM
Regading "QUITTING ON YOUR OWN". My personal experience quitting alcohol, cocaine, and meth, (OPIATES ARE A SEPARATE STORY) . AT SOME POINT IN MY ADDICTION.. WHEN I BECAME SO FED UP, ASHAMED, HOPELESS, nothing else I thought could be done to remedy the situation. It "FELT" as if it LIFTED from me by God. Without real effort, just endless pain, the craving dissolved. I consider myself to be very very very fortunate to have been given mercy by the LORD..
Tracy Anderson