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10. Meth High

Updated on March 1, 2013
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Meth High

Meth High is the continuation in a series of hubs in which I discuss my life of rebellion, dabbling in the Occult, drugs, crime and prison to life-changing conversion through Jesus Christ. Click here to read it from the beginning. In this hub, I will discuss experiences that I had meth.

Crank Capitol

At the age of 15, I was experimenting with methamphetamine. It was an epidemic in the city where I lived: Antioch, CA. At times, it seemed like just about every third person that lived there used a bike as their main method of transportation, looked emaciated, unkempt and like they hadn’t slept for days. I had a friend who’s mom was really strung out. There was a time when she snorted a huge rail of crank (meth) and got so amped that she took off out the front door barefoot and in her pajamas — for a week! At one period, she dated a meth manufacturer. They got pulled over in some old truck with a camper which contained a meth lab! He ended up getting 15 years in prison behind that.

Meth use in Antioch became so rampid that people were calling it the crank capitol of California. Every once in a while, a house would blow up from a botched attempt to cook dope. I once met a guy who was the sad victim of his desperate addiction in a failed attempt to cook a batch in someone’s bathtub. His face and upper chest were seriously scarred and in the process of healing. His face also had abnormal hues of blue and pink. I could tell that he would never look the same again.

While he was playing chemist with the hazardous chemicals used to cook dope, he lit up a cigarette and then—boom! The next thing he knew, he was engulfed in flames. He was rushed to the hospital by his friends. He told the doctor that his car radiator blew up in his face. The doctor bought his story. Lucky for him, because he could have gotten some serious prison time for that.

Stories of individuals like that are all too common. The average person might think, what in the world were they thinking? However, in their defense, they aren't thinking. That’s what meth does to people. It messes them up so badly that they cannot even think straight. Trust me on this.

Substitute Tweaker

I only experimented with meth for a short time in my mid-teens. I tried it for maybe a couple of months and then I stopped using it. However, I would still do some here and there. But when I was between the ages of 22 and 23, before getting locked up, I started using it habitually. Part of the reason is because I was selling it and had such easy access to it. Another reason is because, prior to that, I was a heavy cocaine user and I had lost my cocaine connection. In other words, it replaced my cocaine habit.

Methamphetamine is a really twisted drug. It seriously brings out the worst in people. Your best friend would stab you in the back for a sack of dope if he got tweaked out. There is a lot of lying and stealing between meth addicts. I think one of the reasons that is, is because meth exaggerates paranoia.

When you use meth, you can hardly eat (unless you get used to it). I would eat like once a day. I was really skinny, too. You can’t sleep for days. I would be up for about three days straight until my body just could not take it anymore; then I would crash for a whole day; although, I’ve heard of people being up for weeks! As a result, your mind plays tricks on you. You hear voices, see shadows and think people are out to get you. I experienced all of that.

Meth is also very addicting. The worst part of the addiction for me was the come down. That is, when the high starts wearing off. You go through a terrible withdrawal and need some more dope just to level you out. I would liken it to a diabetic going into shock and needing a quick dose of something sugary to recover. That is how people get caught up in the vicious cycle of meth addiction.

Meth is a highly addictive drug which completely ruins the lives of most of its users. It totally changes people to bring out the worst in them. My own personal experiences with meth were not pleasant ones. When I started using it, it was for the thrill of it. Also, some of my friends were using it and I wanted to fit in with them. After experimenting with meth in my mid-teens, I experimented with hallucinogens: acid and mushrooms. I did some ecstasy as well. You can read about that in my next hub. Just click on the link below.

11. Tripping on Halucinogens

Real Faces of Meth - Before and After

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      roni 

      4 years ago

      wow, that video made me cry a little.. it's really sad to see the beautiful people, turn into people with sunken in faces and lesions on their faces.

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      Rayne123 

      5 years ago

      Wow I must say I never knew any of this.

      I never did do drugs so I can't comment on this

      However it is a great hub for educational purposes and inspirational.

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      Kejanny - I'm glad you found it helpful, brother.

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      Kejanny 

      5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      Thank God for saving you. This is great educational hub on drugs, especially meth, and the ruin it can bring to people's lives.

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      Tamarajo - Praise God for the work that he has done in your son. Thank you for commenting; and God bless you!

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      Tamarajo 

      5 years ago

      I was fascinated when one day I in doing some deeper word studying I discovered the New Testament translation of "drunkard" has the root word in the greek "Methe" Which might be able to interpret as all forms of intoxication or mind alteration.

      I appreciate your story. My youngest son was on Meth for about 5 years and is on his 3rd year of his journey back home to Jesus. So Glad He has found you both and brought you back home.

      Continuing on in your series....

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      techygran - I am not studying sociology. I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Cynthia 

      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Indeed sad and terrifying! Thank you for this trip back in to that unpleasant time for you... you did another masterful job of re-creating it; a very good testimonial. (I also like your insightful survey questions... are you studying sociology by chance?)

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      6 years ago from The Free World!

      littlethespians - Wow. You are so compassionate.

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      littlethespians 

      6 years ago from Farmville, Virginia

      You did a good job! OMG that video! I am fortunate. Not only have I never even seen the drug, I know of nobody who uses it or has used it, sells it, been it troble for it nothing. Blank radar. Those people all have the SAME FACE. And it makes me sad for them. Sad for society. I understand drug dependence. A lot of people don't, and judge these people. This reminds me of the homeless animal videos and my heart hurts for these people more because they are just as helpless under something as controlling as you describe.

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