Life after Meth IS possible

Living a prosperous and fruitful life is possible after addiction.

While quitting meth may be one of the hardest things an addict will ever do, it is possible. After an addict quits a meth habit it can be hard to find a sense of self. Often times meth addicts become so consumed with the lifestyle of using and seeking out drugs that a sober life can leave one wondering “what do I do with myself without meth”. This new life and new found clarity can sometimes leave ex-addicts feeling helpless and isolated.

It is critical to know that not only is your body many times capable of bouncing back, your mind is capable of amazing feats. You truly can move past the phase after addiction and live a rewarding life. One such example of this is DrPsych at the All About Addiction blog.

Postscript: (Link to blog removed because it appears the blog was replaced with another website). DrPsych’s blog was a fantastic blog and resource written by a man who was once a meth addict, turned sober psychologist.

DrPsych admittedly used meth through his earlier years in college in order to get through demanding classes and studying for exams. It didn’t take long for his infrequent use to become a daily habit that took 6 years to kick. Like many ex-addicts; after his addiction he had a choice to make: he could fade into obscurity or press on. Thankfully he chose the latter.

Today, DrPsych is working hard to earn a PhD in Psychology; specifically studying addiction. He also runs a successful blog that serves to teach others that life after meth is not only do-able, but is scientifically possible. He is living proof of that very fact. Taking the following from his “about” page shows that he is very open about his past addiction:

I’ve had my own experiences with drug abuse and addiction, and so don’t expect my writings to be devoid of personal input that I feel I can contribute given my experience. Also, I hope to serve as a source of inspiration for struggling addicts who aren’t certain that they can still make something of their lives after all the devastation. I’ve been on both sides and I can assure you that it’s possible!

His contribution to the world of understanding addiction is invaluable. How often do you see a doctor who has been through the same addictions as you (or is willing to admit it)? I highly recommed his blog if you are interested in learing about the mechanics of addiction from someone who has seen life as an addict first hand. One of my personal favorites is his series on addiction and the brain because I am fascinated at how the brain works; especially the effects of meth on your brain.

14 thoughts on “Life after Meth IS possible

  1. Hey again,
    Thank you so much for your words of praise and support.
    No doubt, the road wasn’t easy, but every day, I am thankful for having been able to make it here.

    I applaud your strength in having made it through a haze of addiction that surrounded you so strong that you look to help others rather than simply give up.

    I’m working hard on finding answers, but in the meantime, my own success gives me comfort that the answers exist.

    I’ll be coming out with a book next year that chronicle’s my story and teaches my lessons from a scientific point of view…

    I’ll keep you updated

  2. Hello DrPsych – It was my pleasure to share your blog with my readers.

    I will say it again – you are to be admired for your passion.

    Please be sure to keep us posted with regards to your book – I’m certain it will be great.

  3. Its incredibly refreashing to know that someone with a professional backround has fallen victim to the same demons asi and much like myself has happily walked away and stayed away from it. My wife and I went down that road together and managed to stick by one another during the binges and (by the grace of god) during the recovery. She managed to make it successfully through nursing school and I never lost my job. Our addiction lasted two years and and we have been clean for 2 years all without rehab and with no close calls of relapse. We had to cut off all associates who had anything to do with speed and I hear through the grapevine that many of them have been busted, and are either doing time or doing bad. I never forgot the lessons I learned and I never think of myself as above those who are still addicted, I pray for them and hope they can find their way out of the darkness because I know how hard that step is to take

  4. Kona,
    It makes me feel really good to hear your story. You and your wife are lucky AND obviously very capable. Making it out of a meth addiction is certainly not easy. I used regularly for somewhere around 3-4 years and I can tell you given my experiences back then, and since, that there are many professionals who fall victim to drug addiction, and many who make it out.
    One of my goals in coming out with my story is to get others like me to tell their own tales and slowly break down the stigma of drug addiction…
    Best of luck to you!

  5. That's an amazing story Kona. It's tough to walk away from everything you know and start a new life. You are obviously very strong and I hope your story here will also help others just like Dr Psych's story. I am so happy for you both!

  6. I SO admire what you are trying to accomplish. You are correct in saying that many, many professionals fall victim to meth. I have written about a few of them here and read about many, many more; it seems that the common binding factor is pressure to perform on the job.
    I'm just counting down the days until your book release 🙂

  7. My son was a victim of Meth…He spent two months in County Jail before a commpasionate judge court ordered him into rehab. Then he spent seven months in Teen Challenge where Jesus Christ became the center of his life. He was doing great, then another judge ordered him back into county jail, and we all stood looking at this judge in disbelief….We all know Teen Challenge is a twelve month program, and it needs to be finished….why are some so cold, and heartless? If my son has a relapse, I will blame that judge…..

  8. My son was a victim of Meth…He spent two months in County Jail before a commpasionate judge court ordered him into rehab. Then he spent seven months in Teen Challenge where Jesus Christ became the center of his life. He was doing great, then another judge ordered him back into county jail, and we all stood looking at this judge in disbelief….We all know Teen Challenge is a twelve month program, and it needs to be finished….why are some so cold, and heartless? If my son has a relapse, I will blame that judge…..

  9. my heart goes out to this person.my name is erica.i have been clean since october,and plan to stay clean.i cant seem to get out of bed.its the hardest thing i have ever done in life.

  10. I wanted to ask a question I been away from meth for 2 yrs and my so called friend introduced it to me again and I’m trying to quit I ended up smoking a few hits and I got some teeth marks on the side of my tongue I’m scared is that treatable? Or regular side affects?

  11. I need someone help me here and the police doesn’t want to help my brother and same with the hospital as well he been taking drugs after drugs here and its killing me inside it hurts so much and I want to cry and I don’t know what to do here. I have my family aka my mother is keeping on letting him into the house and distorying my house up and its hurts so much I had to disown my mother here. I try to help her and I tryed to be a good son to do the right things so far nothing keeps it in good terms so far I am in tears now. I am losing everything in this life of mine here and I am not into drugs here I never was for 24 years since I was 4 years old. I am almost 29 by this year in august 9 2013. I hope to hear from you if you like to hear from me please contact me my email is temchukarion@gmail.com thanks

  12. Hello i am here hoping and praying to find answers to help guide me in the right direction. About a year ago my husband was on meth for about a year. He got off of meth and has been clean for a year. My husband continues to belive that everyone is in on playing this mind game on him he feels like his every move is being watched and that they know things about him like who he truly is and that they are leaving him with little hints or other words tripping on him. He believes so much in his heart that I am hiding something from him and that I am involved in this mind game in him. He says that he knows that I know what they are doing.. My husband is my life and I would never do anything to hurt him or hide things from him but he doesn’t belive me. He says that I am his wife and why would I put him through all this that if I would just tell him the truth he would be better but the problem is I don’t know any thing and he won’t belive me it has even crossed my mind just to lie to him but I could do that so than I just stay quiet which makes him even more mad. He has called me a snake and tells me that I’m this horrible person for hiding the truth from him.. I just want to know will I get my old husband I miss him so much and feel so lost without him..

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