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Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?


LoveMet Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
I have been here long enough to know that I cannot control an addict. And I am making plans to not be around for too much longer. And I know there is no justification in knowing and it will not make any difference. But I have a question. Is there ANYWAY someone can be using, but still eating and sleeping? And can you get sick or did you ever ACT sick to cover it? My, eh hem, fiancee' has been sick for over a week now. He has had temps over 101 and has been vomiting..but I have noticed other things like a very very fast pulse...and he cannot "perform" sexually. I just wanted to know.
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isel Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
like everyone has read my boyfriend has been on and off but i wonder if he can eat or sleep and use?
Indiana
shedevil
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Tommy ate, but not enough to keep from losing the weight. He was very good at pretending he was asleep at first. After using for a long time, he'd actually be able to sleep until he started using more and more of it.

Sex?! Well, he was alright for a while, then he couldn't perform. Even afterwards he had issues. He opted for Viagra. I don't know what he's like now because I'm not with him...
ROSE
NINA
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
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And can you get sick or did you ever ACT sick to cover it?
Me personally, I acted sick all the time. I always had a headache That's only when I was coming down meth.
deee
CA
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
Lovemet,

It is possible that he is using and sleeping and eating. I talked about this topic actually tonight in my group class. My counselor said that (as most of know) that when addicts are so far into their addiction (whether it be drugs, alcohol, pain killers, etc) that they eventually just need to use to get to the 'normal' stage.

There is a point when your cells become so saturated with whatever drug for so long that they could use enormous amounts of it and never fell "high" - just normal.

What else is going on in your situation?
Love
Met
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
Dee, I thank you for asking and thank you for the concern. I have been coming to KCI for about 7 months now. I know a lot about meth addiction and crystal meth itself. But even I get caught off guard. Like many here who could agree my addict deserves an academy award for some of the stuff he can "act" through..
Corty Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
Yes! They pretend to sleep sometimes they DO sleep.

They get sick or even pretend to be sick.

I remember my addicts laying on the hallway or bathroom floor with a fever and sweating ......

They do and say alot of things that don't make much sense to us.
silly
veronica
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep? 
Chad was using meth from August until October of last year (while he was living with me) and he ate when I ate and slept when I slept (unless he was faking it). That was part of why I had a hard time figuring it out (because I couldn't imagine that he could play it off that well).

It IS possible.
kha
lamity
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
Yes Yes Yes!!!

Brad ate like a pig and would at least pretend to be asleep. He even gained a bunch of weight. At his death, which to my assumption was his heaviest time of use, he was grossly overweight. He also had many conditions such as bladder infections, back pain, arm numbness, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, the whole slew...

I am sure he really was "sick" but that the illnesses he suffered from were a symptom of his drug use.

I'll never know for sure though, cuz the meth killed him.
UCL
Angel
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
YEP.
An addict who is clever enough can fake sleep, and appetite for food, more convincingly than an Oscar winning actor could.

Speed addicts often also will take sedatives or antipsychotics to attempt to hide their speed use, and, depending on the drug taken, it can increase the appetite too. So they can theoretically eat and eat, and sleep a reasonable amount, or, they may even sleep a lot...and their use often goes unnoticed.
Of course, several other signs give them away anyway, if you look closely enough. But that's another topic.
starry
eyed
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I could barely eat or sleep the two years I was on meth. However, the person most frequently used with ate all the time, slept, wasn't skinny and never got skinny on meth. He actually lost weight when he quit! That's weird. I had to force myself to drink a glass of water and he'd be drinking pop, eating candy, pizza.
Jamie
J1979
Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
After a person has been using for a long time and they are really strung out on the drug they can eat and sleep while under the influence. They need the drug just to function anymore. If they just use their "maintainance dose" than eating and sleeping can be done. If they binge out and use way more than they need to maintain then they might have problems sleeping or eating because they would be high instead of "normal" but under the influence. I was a maintainance user with heroin and tweak. Sometimes I would binge and get high but for the most part I used to be normal, I had used for so long that I needed the drug to function. When I quit using uppers I was in bed for a couple weeks sleeping and sweating and stuff. Even though I wasn't staying up all the time while using uppers I was still wearing my body down.

As far as getting sick, I feel addicts are more prone to getting sick due to their weakened immune systems from using drugs. Not having access to the drug can cause some withdrawal symptoms that definately look like sickness. It depends on the drug they are doing really. Oh yeah another way many addicts that uppers get to sleep is by using a class of prescription drugs called benzodiazepines, they are a class of tranquilizers. They are controlled substances and the withdrawal off of them can be deadly if not monitored by a doctor. They have to taper off benzo's due to the risk of death, kinda like alcohol in that way. Alcohol withdrawals can kill you if you are severely addicted. Heroin withdrawals feel like you wanna die but they aren't deadly. Those drugs--alcohol/benzo's/heroin are all drugs that cause physical dependance. Stimulants like cocaine and meth aren't exactly physically addictive. Sure you feel like crap if you don't have it and all that but you don't need to do it in order to avoid throwing up, shitting yourself, having a seizure, etc. Back to the benzo's...........here are some commonly prescribed benzo's--Xanax/Klonopin/Valium/Ativan. They help take the edge off the uppers and you take enough you could get some rest while under the influence of speed.
4molly Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
====After a person has been using for a long time and they are really strung out on the drug they can eat and sleep while under the influence. They need the drug just to function anymore. If they just use their "maintenance dose" than eating and sleeping can be done. ====

That describes my husband. I think that he is strung out on meth because he does eat and he does sleep every night. Maybe not more than 3 hours or so, but he goes to sleep. So my question is... After a person uses for a long time does the drug stay in their system and they are actually under "the influence" all the time?

Sometimes I feel like the only time I can talk to my husband is when he gets up the first thing in the morning.
GaFlake Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
I am the wife of a 294 lb. meth addict who was sick every weekend for 5 years. This is why it took me so long to figure it out also.
vctry7 Re: Can one be using meth but still eat and sleep?
I was very badly strung out. I was staying up for a week at a time on average. I would have to force myself to eat just a piece of bread or a banana or drink half a glass of water.

My tolerance went up, but that just meant I needed more dope. I never got to where I could eat and sleep on it. I did fake sleep. I have seen a couple of people eat like pigs while using. I guess everyone is different.
Jamie
J1979
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Maybe you couldn't sleep because you were binging on meth instead of using smaller maintenance doses daily? That could be why you were unable to sleep. Before I got into meth hard core I lived with a girl that had been using crystal meth for about 5 years and she slept and ate daily. She would only stay awake when she would binge out, that use way more than she needed to get "normal." She did drink alcohol daily and she never got drunk which was weird to me until I found out she was addicted to meth and only drank to even out. She didn't get drunk because the meth overrode the alcohol to a certain extent. Later on when I became addicted to crack I would only stay up for days when binging but when using a maintenance dose I would've even get geeked, and even later on when I started using meth the same thing happened. I guess I knew I had to work and maintain to a certain extent so I couldn't binge out on a daily basis, I could only use enough to get me out of bed and going for the day. I used what is called a maintainace dose to accomplish normal day to day things. Things I could no longer do sober because I was dependant on meth to function, to even get out of bed. On the weekend is when I would buy more than I needed to function and that's when the real tweaking would occur because I would use larger doses and stay awake. Sometimes my boyfriend and I would get so tweaked and argumentative that I would have to call my Mom and have her come over and babysit us so we wouldn't resort to violence and end up having the cops come and break up a domestic violence dispute. We both tend to get physical when really wired. He broke my nose, gave me a black eye, and broke two fingers one night years ago when he had been up for days using. He was so out of it he was hallucinating and thought I was showing my crotch to a guy that was over at our house getting high with us. I wasn't doing any such thing, it wasn't possible to do what he claimed I did because I was wearing a jumper of sorts to sleep in that made it impossible to "flash" someone. He ended up beating me off and on for 6-8 hours and wouldn't let me use the phone or leave the apartment. That's the only time I've had a incident like that. He tried to hit me one other time, this also happened years ago, and I called the police and did the whole domestic violence thing and he never hit me again. I was prepared to leave if he didn't seek counseling which he did. People under the influence can be so unpredictable especially when binging out for days on end.

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