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Where does picking the face fit in with Meth use?


Time4
Change

Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Where does the picking the face fit in with Meth use? My ex has supposedly quit and is seeing a psyche. When he came to see the kids he had a couple of big sores and some small ones on his face. I also noticed that when he came out of the bathroom he'd been picking at his face cuz it was all welted. I'm thinking this is a big sign that he hasn't quit. The sores on the face and obsessive picking in the mirror I though was a tell tail sign. Anyone got any words of wisdom for me?
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Guene Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
I know when my daughter used she would get those face sores too and on other places too. Hugs Bobbie
Time4
Change
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Ya know ... I know he's using but I always want to give him the benefit of the doubt and end up second guessing myself. It's crazy... does the manipulation never end?
miss
mena
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
my friend uses amphetamines heavily and has a constant sore on his cheek from picking in front of the mirror for hours..never seems to heal and if it does he picks another..
Time4
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Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use


my friend uses amphetamines heavily and has a constant sore on his cheek from picking in front of the mirror for hours..never seems to heal and if it does he picks another..

This is so him... how blasted dumb do I have to be to get it through my thick skull that he's still using!?! Just because I don't physically see him do it and he says he's not I buy it everytime hook line and sinker. I have 2 beautiful small children that don't need to grow up around this Shyt... when will I learn?

Time4
Change
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Can anyone tell me at what point of the high they would pick at their face? Does this mean they are tweaking?
imlost
inky
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
My husband began picking his face in the last few months of use.
I wouldn't say he used heavy - at that time, the most he ever bought was a half gram.
he would smoke a bit in the morning- a little more after lunch, then maybe again when he was home to finish off the foil.
Then he was done.
No all nighters, no disappearing for days- worked every day ,home every night.
No rages, no seeing shyt, very seldom wired for sound.
But he picked his chin, he picked any acne on his face.

When I used all those years ago, I snorted a gram a week -and never not once ever picked.

It just varies from person to person.
Some do, some don't.
Time4
Change
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Thanks imlostinky

Now that he's quit does he still pick his face?
Rachel
sue76
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Time for change,
My husband has always "picked" his face . It does not matter if he is using or not. However there is a difference. When he was using, he would be in the bathroom in front of the mirror for 45 minutes " picking zits" almost daily. When he is not using, he messes with his face but, it is like everynce in a while and for a couple of minutes.
imlost
inky
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Not as much because he doesn't get the sores like he did.
He used to get like boils under his skin. Just hard knots that really didn't have a head. He would just dig at them- one of the cheek sometimes but mostly around his mouth area and chin.
My husband has never had a nice complexion- it is a ruddy one.His skin has never been clear and smooth- just not boils.
He doesn't get the hard knots anymore.

Time4change, the best way I know to see if hubby is using or not is the simplest of things put him on the defensive.
It is an attitude change.
Happy happy - on cloud nine- or as I said he gets defensive.
When he isn't using and I ask him about something that is bothering me-
like for instance, why his using buddy is calling him, then it is no biggie for him to tell me.
he just tells me well he wanted to know this- I am okay.

When he is using then comes Well I guess you think I am using again don't you?

When Hubby is clean, since he has been more time clean this past year than use, it shows. It shows in little things- just the way he talks to me and to the kids, he is so relaxed these days. Not happy happy unless there is a reason - like we just found a huge piece of copper or when J saw his bike for Christmas- he can laugh at a joke- and it just shows.
The hugs are back when I am cooking in the kitchen- just little things that you can't put into words.

This all comes after the withdrawal , after the meth.
It takes time but when you see it come back, you know.
And when there is use after that, it shows- it sticks out like a neon sign.
Because you have seen all those little things you can't put into words.

Now I tell you Time4change, the first 90 days my husband was coming off of meth, I saw more signs of use than I did when he was using- night sweats, leg jerks, I even smelled it on him where I never had before.
He was dead emotionally for a long time. No joy, no nothing.
It was unnerving.

Give it time- believe what you see, not what you hear.
Write it down, keep a journal- BIG HELP for me.
Even with children who are addicts,I think this is a help.

and don't forget to Breathe. Just breathe.
Take it one day at a time- Just for today I will make me the best I can be.
That is all you can do.
spooky
2u2
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
My exboyfriend never got face sores.
However he did get and pick at sores from the back of his knees to his butt cheeks.
I was shocked the first time I saw them, it looked like very deep chicken pox maybe boils.
He hid them for some time I imagine.
They were pretty bad.
I often wondered if it had something to do with the amount or perhaps the puriety.
Ldy
Lesa
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
Step-daughter picks her face...she tries to keep it around the hairline though...but warning...those sores on the face can easily get staph infection because of their location. Step-daughter has been in the hospital several times with it...her staph is hard to treat though and with each outbreak it will be harder.
jacks
mom
Re: Face sores, picking the face, meth use
The sores will continue even after use because toxins are still exiting the body. If one stays clean, it'll eventually clear up.

My kid now has just plain old teen acne. Looks not as infected if you know what I mean.

See also:

Meth sores, skin pores, pimples

Formication; aka, speed bumps, meth sores, crank bugs


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