Methamphetamine is one of the most harmful drugs available. The highly addictive stimulant wears on the user’s body and mind, causing a noticeable physical change, deteriorating health, and mental shifts such as mood swings and depression. People addicted to meth often become isolated and engage in behaviors that might land them in jail, as was the case with Clint. Before becoming clean, Clint was addicted to meth for seven years. Five of those seven he spent in and out of jail with his continuing use of meth. As meth is a psychoactive substance, it reacts with the chemicals in the brain, which may cause lapses in judgment. In the grip of the high, meth users might go to great lengths, even ignoring laws in their pursuit of the drug.
Meth Use Increases Criminal Activity
In a national survey done on drug use and health, it was discovered that drug use might be responsible for up to seventy percent of property crimes. As meth users are known for losing their jobs, being cut off from their families, and losing stable housing and other things, they often turn to crime as a means for finding their next fix. No neighborhood is immune to the epidemic that is drug addiction. Upper and lower socioeconomic neighborhoods alike have meth users and experience the criminal activity because of it. Vacant homes are the subjects of break-ins, and users are known to steal various items when they are available to sell for money to purchase more meth.
Along with property crimes, meth users may also turn to trafficking to support their habit, or to make a profit. These drug trades are dangerous in nature as people who are trading are likely addicted as well and are unpredictable. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, violence surrounding the sale and manufacturing of meth is reaching an all-time high, despite the dwindling number of meth labs in the area. Tulsa police report that at least 11 murders, including two different cases where four people were killed at a time, are believe to be meth involved. Though the decreasing number of labs is credited to the legislation of Oklahoma passing stricter laws restricting the availability of key ingredients needed for cooking meth, the violence involving meth continues to climb. Sergeant Dave Walker of the Tulsa police told the media that violence involving the drug might have to do with dealers taking care of unpaid debts.
But, while meth is responsible for so many problems, is there a way out? Can a person come back from meth use?
Coming Back from Meth Use
Clint, a graduate from the Narconon program, spoke about his experience during his extended meth use. Addicts normally turn to crime as they lose control of their lives in their seeking of the next pill or needle. “I had completely destroyed my life. I was addicted to methamphetamine for a little over seven years. During those seven years, I lost basically everything I owned.” That was before Clint found Narconon. As he worked through the program, Clint purified his body through the sauna program. “During the sauna portion of the program I actually started feeling a change. My body felt better. I was more alert. I realized what my life had become so I was willing then to give it my all to change.” Clint also obtained life skills, which gives the recovering addict control of his life. The person is able to repair the damaged parts of their past and reestablish themselves as a surviving, positive member of the community before returning home. “This program was really great. By the time I graduated, I felt so good. I regained my ability to control my actions. I could do things I really enjoyed doing again. I’ve been clean for a year now and still feel as happy today as when I graduated.”
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