How to Help Someone on Crystal Meth
Crystal meth (methamphetamine) is a highly addictive drug that speeds up parts of the brain and the body’s functions. People who use meth usually smoke or inject it to get high faster than if they snorted or swallowed it.
A high from crystal meth can last over 10 hours but coming down can take days or weeks. Each user has a variety of different reactions while being on and off the drug, that’s why medical detox is so vital for their safety.
Here are some tips on how to help someone calm down from crystal meth.
A person on crystal meth often experiences paranoia, hallucinations and confusion. They also can be short-tempered, aggressive, irritable, and panicky, which makes them very unpredictable.
If they are high and having a bad reaction, keep your voice calm and steady, give them space and move bystanders such as children away from them.
Give them water and food
Meth causes a lot of sweating, which can lead to dehydration. Encourage the user to drink water, slowly and in small sips. Water also keeps a user’s lips moist and reduces cracks, blisters and risk of infection.
Eating a bit of food will also help them sleep better as they come down.
While someone is coming down on meth, make sure they remain relaxed and calm. This will allow them to feel safe and minimize any panic they have. Tell your loved one that they will be okay and what they’re experiencing will pass.
You will want to also take them to a quiet place to rest while coming down.
It may be a difficult, heart-breaking, and shocking time, but it’s not a time to argue. You need to ensure the safety of everyone around you.
Have a calm two-way conversation
With that in mind, you will want to choose a time to talk to a crystal meth addict when they aren’t using. If the user wants to talk about their addiction, try to listen to them without interrupting, judging or becoming upset.
Once they are done, repeat what they said in a calm voice, this helps to see that you’ve understood them.
Don’t ask too many questions
Meth seriously damages the brain, which can result in users feeling very confused, irritable, aggressive, depressed and even suicidal. While talking to someone on or coming down from meth, it’s vital to not ask many questions to keep them calm and focused.
Use the person’s name and constantly reassure them that they are safe and being listened to.
You may feel hopeless or desperate for an immediate solution, however becoming sober and long-term change takes time.
It’s important to keep everyone around the user to stay safe. Finding support through family and therapy will help everyone start to heal. If your loved one is thinking of treatment, contact us today.
As always, in the case of an emergency, call 911 if your loved one is having any breathing issues, passes out, experiences a seizure, racing heartbeat and chest pain.
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