Being an addict and living with an addict means wasted money, neglect (of loved one, pets, even children), disruption to the family, lies, poor work performance and even death. Addiction to crystal meth affects more than just the addict. For the family and friends, it is important that they do not enable the addict. Recovery might get worse before it gets better.
Enroll in a 12-step program. Crystal Meth Anonymous lists 12 steps to help you recover from crystal meth addiction. The 12 steps are similar to those that are used by Alcoholics Anonymous. The website also has several links and literature to help you find the strength to beat your addiction.
Attend meetings. The Crystal Meth Anonymous website has a feature which allows you to search for CMA meetings in your area. The website also lists information on how to start your own meeting. Many find comfort and support at these meetings when they realize they are not alone in their fight.
Check into a hospital. Some people need help to initially stop using. The hospital’s chemical dependency recovery unit will help addicts safely detox from crystal meth and help give them a clean start so they can focus on recovery. Withdrawal symptoms can be intense, so it is important to be in a safe and monitored environment such as an inpatient treatment center.
Try a sober-living environment. A social worker or counselor may be able to refer you to a sober-living facility where you can focus on your recovery. Depending on the person and level of addiction, a safe detox at a hospital or clinic may be needed first. Sober living facilities often offer individual and group counseling sessions, and help addicts get back on their feet and transition back into life as a sober individual.
Intervene. If a friend or family member is suffering from crystal meth addiction, you may want to try an intervention. An interventionist will help you, especially when your loved one does not believe he needs treatment.