Recovering crystal meth addict shares astonishing images and hard-hitting story after getting clean

“I was homeless on and off for the last four years. I got into a slew of legal trouble – multiple felonies and misdemeanor charge.”

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A former drug user has shared his astonishing ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures following a harrowing five-year battle with ‘crystal meth’ – and says he’s so happy to be sober.

Minnesotapolis, as he’s known on Reddit, has shared his experiences in an online post that is as inspiring as it is emotional.

And he warns those who do not have any drug issues that no one chooses the path he sadly went down.

Writing on Reddit, Minnesotapolis – who describes himself as “a recovering meth addict with six felonies, all drug related” – reveals that he made the changes after a brush with suicide.

“I finally had just had enough one day and I was going to jump off the Smith bridge in Saint Paul. But the police stopped me and brought me to the psych ward.”

Am I addicted to crystal meth?

Ask yourself these questions as honestly as you can, then decide.

– Do you lose time from school or work due to using crystal?    Yes   No
– Is using crystal making your home life unhappy?    Yes   No
– Do you use crystal because you are shy with other people?     Yes   No
– Is using crystal affecting your reputation?    Yes   No
– Do you use crystal to have sex?    Yes   No
– Do you need crystal to have the kind of sex you want?    Yes   No
– Have you ever felt remorse after using crystal meth?    Yes   No
– Have you ever gotten into financial difficulties as a result of using crystal?   Yes  No
– When you’re using crystal, do you hang around people or place with whom you wouldn’t normally be associated?    Yes   No
– Does using crystal make you careless of your family’s welfare?   Yes   No
– Has your ambition decreased since you began using crystal?    Yes   No
– Do you feel a regular urge to use crystal meth at certain times of the day?    Yes  No
– Do you ever use crystal when you wake up in the morning?    Yes   No
– Has your efficiency decreased since you began using crystal?    Yes   No
– Is using crystal jeopardizing your job, school or business?    Yes   No
– Do you ever use crystal to escape from worries or problems in your life?  Yes   No
– Do you ever use crystal when alone?    Yes   No
– Has your physician ever treated you for your crystal use, or for any problems related to – your crystal use?    Yes   No
– Do you use crystal in order to boost your self-confidence?   Yes   No
– Have you ever been to a hospital or institution because of your crystal use?    Yes  No

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be an addict.

How many questions did you say YES to? Be honest with yourself.

Just for Today – January 13

“Help for addicts begins only when we are able to admit complete defeat.”

Basic Text, p. 22

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Complete defeat-what a concept! That must mean surrender. Surrender-to give up absolutely. To quit with no reservations. To put up our hands and quit fighting. Maybe to put up our hand at our first meeting and admit we’re addicts.

How do we know we’ve taken a First Step that will allow us to live drug-free? We know because, once we have taken that gigantic step, we never have to use again-just for today. That’s it. It’s not easy, but it’s very simple.

We work the First Step. We accept that, yes, we are addicts. “One is too many, and a thousand never enough.” We’ve proven that to ourselves enough times. We admit that we cannot handle drugs in any form. We admit it; we say it out loud, if necessary.

We take the First Step at the beginning of our day. For one day. This admission frees us, just for today, from the need to live out our addiction all over again. We’ve surrendered to this disease. We give up. We quit. But in quitting, we win. And that’s the paradox of the First Step: We surrender to win, and by surrendering we gain a far greater power than we ever imagined possible.

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Just for Today: I admit that I am powerless over my addiction. I will surrender to win.

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Twelve Traditions of Crystal Meth Anonymous

      1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon CMA unity.
      2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority- a loving God (or, Higher Power) as expressed in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
      3. The only requirement for CMA membership is a desire to stop using.
      4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CMA as a whole.
      5. Each group has but one primary purpose- to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
      6. A CMA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the CMA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
      7. Every CMA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
      8. Crystal Meth Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
      9. CMA, as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
      10. Crystal Meth Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CMA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
      11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, television, films and other public media.
      12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

A Letter to Anyone New to CMA

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your interest in Crystal Meth Anonymous. Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom all drugs, specifically crystal meth, have become a problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. There are no dues or membership lists. The fellowship that is Crystal Meth Anonymous is a new way of life without Crystal Meth. Crystal Meth Anonymous advocates a twelve step recovery program for spiritual development, no matter what our religious belief or background. The first step in our recovery is admission by the addict that he or she is powerless over crystal meth, and that life has become unmanageable.

The experience of CMA members is that Crystal Meth Addiction is a progressive illness that cannot be cured, but which, like some other illnesses, can be arrested, by not using, one day at a time. CMA members are happy to offer help by sharing their experience, strength and hope in how they stay clean & sober. One of the ways members stay clean & sober is by helping other Crystal Meth Addicts to achieve sobriety.

 

‘The Truth: You CAN Quit’

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You’ll hear outlandish statistics, that only a small percentage of us ever quit or stop using successfully. Cast that out of your mind. FACT: People quit crystal meth all the time.

Here’s a number to think about. Given the estimated meth usage worldwide (it’s an epidemic, btw), if only a small percentage, say less than five percent, have successfully quit, that’s well over a million people who have quit worldwide.

If over a million people worldwide have quit crystal meth successfully, why can’t you be one of that growing number?

There’s no reason you can’t be. I’ve personally witnessed hundreds of former tweakers who are now living their lives clean from crystal meth. You can be too.