December 11, 2017

Drug Awareness

Drug Awareness – Life Cycle of a Meth User

ALLATOONA COMMUNITY AGAINST METHAMPHETAMINE
LIFE CYCLE OF A METH USER
(Consider the children at risk for chemical, emotional, physical & sexual abuse
in a meth user’s envrionment)

EUPHORIA – RUSH PHASE……………………5 – 30 + MINUTES

  1. A brief state of intense pleasure

HIGH PHASE……………………………………….4 – 16 + HOURS

  1. High energy
  2. May be aggressive
  3. Increase in self-confidence; feels smart, super human
  4. Talks a lot – meaningless chatter
  5. Not eating, not sleeping, not bathing
  6. Hyper sexual; unprotected sex likely
  7. Performing meaningless, repetitive tasks, such as cleaning or walking activities

BINGE PHASE……………………………………..3 – 15 + DAYS

  1. Continuation of high but begins to feel like coming down – so takes more meth to maintain/extend the high
  2. Sleep deprived psychosis
  3. Gets small euphoric rushes wit h each use until there is no rush – no high left

TWEAKING (the most dangerous behavior at end of Binge Phase) 4 – 24 HOURS

  1. When more meth does not help and there is no high
  2. Irritable and feels bad, feeling of emptiness
  3. Children in environment area especially at risk for physical violence, aggression, sexual abuse
  4. Domestic violence
  5. Possible suicide attempts
  6. Commits crimes; car jacking, home invasions, etc.
  7. Will focus on anything to avoid crashing, or, drinks to bring on crash
  8. Takes things apart (computer, engines, appliances etc.) – never puts them back together

CRASH PHASE……………………………….1- 3 + DAYS

  1. Long hard sleep
  2. Unable to wake up
  3. Eventually may wake, eat, and crash for more days

“NORMAL” PHASE ………………………….2 – 14 DAYS
WITHDRAWL PHASE ………30 DAYS – 2 + YEARS after last use
CYCLE REPEATS Phase length and activity will vary with each user depending upon meth use duration

Reference: April (2007) ‘Georgia Meth Alliance Conference Responding to Meth in the Community;
“Linking Child Maltreatment and Methamphetamine: the Parental Impact”

It is never too early or too late to get HELP
GEORGIA CRISIS & ACCESS LINE 1-800-715-4225 24hrs-7days

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