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Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover & vinegar and Meth


turtle
121079
Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover & vinegar and Meth
This was my first day on this web-site and my first time time to go into a chat room.

My son is 19 years old and has been a meth user for almost t two years. He moved out right at 18. He has crashed at my parents house for the last two days.

My mother has said he is spending about 6 hours in the bathroom at a time. She said he came out just wet from sweat. She said he had black electrical tape, vinegar and fingernail polish remover in the bathroom with him. He came out with red marks across his stomach, she thinks from the electrical tape. Can anyone help me with this? What are those used for? Why so much time in the bathroom and why so many baths. I thought with meth users grooming usually declined.

Thanks for your help.
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imlost
inky
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
2 things come to mind- shooting up and porn. Sorry but 6 hours in the bathroom, that is all I can think it would be.
I have never shot up so I don't know what for what - but I am sure someone will be along that may
le
grumps
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
I can't say for sure what the tape and the other stuff was for, but I can say that he was "tweaking" in the bathroom.

That means, he's in there, probably picking at his face, probably using dope, and engaging in repetitive, unproductive activity. When you are tweaking, you can lose track of time to easy, the hours go by and your brain is stuck in a rut that is hard to break. He's probably in there thinking "I should go soon, I should go soon, I should leave the bathroom" for all that time.

Some tweakers get overzealous in their grooming and look very good. Others become overzealous in other projects and completely abandon their hygiene.

I am really sorry that your son is an addict. It must be heartbreaking to have to witness this.

Stick around, this board is a great place for support and there are a lot of people who can offer you advice and friendship, who know exactly what you are going through.
turtle
121079
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
Thank you so much for your response. Not sure about that porn thing, and I am not asking for an explanation on that one.
g (le grumps)

Thank you for your response too. Thank you for that warm welcome. I think I will stick around as I do not know where else to turn for help. I have made a few calls for help.  They were eager to help my son when he is ready, which I am thankful but no help for me. This is a crazy roller coaster ride and sometimes I feel no one around me understands. I have a 10 year old daughter, and this is all very hard for her too.
imlost
inky
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
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but no help for me

Turtle, have you checked on NarAnon meetings in your area?
AlATeen for your daughter?
Even though AlAnon and AlaTeen focus mainly on alcohol, it is still addiction base help for loved ones- non users.
It can still be of benefit for both you and your daughter.

You can not control his addiction, you did not cause his addiction, you can not cure his addiction BUT Mom, you do have a say in how much control his addiction has over you.

There are many parents here that are going through this same thing. Please stick around- there is support here for you.
I am sorry you are here but I am glad you found us.

Kell
happy
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
turtle,

I'm really sorry to hear you feel there is no help available for you. I can tell you that you can talk and ask questions here, and people will give you lots of input, support, and all the help they can. There are a lot of wonderful people with lots of wisdom and experience here. People who are/have been addicted and people who love those addicts. I'm glad you shared. I'm sorry you are in this difficult situation. I hope you will keep sharing and hear our stories. I was a user and haven't used any meth in over 7 years. It took me a little longer to figure out I needed to quit some other stuff, but eventually I did. I am learning about recovery every day. It is a journey, and I can be a pretty slow learner sometimes, and stubborn, but my life is sure getting better. It is possible to recover. You have all my best wishes.
turtle
121079
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
Thank you all. I am going to ask another question. He is very ill but won't go to a dr. He is throwing up. Is this normal with meth use. I don't know if it is a stomach bug, or what to watch for. I know I need to watch for dehydration. I will be going out to my parents to see him tonight. This is probably the 5th time I have seen him this year.

Thank you all.
danimal
55
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
The bathroom is a den of iniquity used for acting out bizarre and twisted sexual fantasies.
Pickers spend hours in front of the mirror trying to eradicate those pesky speed bugs.
A collective HONEST assessment of bathroom behaviors would make a sailor blush
A 6 hr. taffy pull is par for the course, along with a number of other un-mentionable hyper-sexual behaviors.
He's likely doing large amounts of meth, dehydrated and starving, hence the throwing up.
Brace for a shocking visit, the son you once knew...isn't.
Keep coming here, you'll need us. We love you!
lax2 Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
When it got to the point where I was throwing up violently
(often a brownish crud....) IT wound up leaving me in a coma even a week after I had stopped using.... Turns out my esophagus was messed up and my liver was no longer functioning sufficiently...

I'd get him medical help or take him to an Emergency Room ASAP... I was in that coma for 1 solid week and barely survived.

Hope you'll keep us posted!
chris
gonz
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
lax,
good call.
I was going to mention the liver too.
vomiting is very common in liver illnesses and HepC is very common in shooters.

Welcome to the board..

Sounds like your son needs to check into a facility and definitely see a doctor.
The body has a way of healing itself, IF you take care of it.
Drugs will surely deteriorate what's left of him.

Again, Welcome.
Sorry to read about your son.
missing
miki37
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
Sorry to hear about your son.

Your son needs help and to see a doctor immediately. The vomiting could be cause by a variety of things including internal damage. The stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, and/or liver are usually affected. If the vomit is brown such as dark red or dark brown it could be old blood meaning there is a internal bleed somewhere. He really needs to see a doctor.

Also, on the TV channel there is a show called Intervention, which goes inside the life of a addict and recovery. At the end of the show it offers and phone number to call for help.

I too, am new to this website. I lost my sister last year to meth and murder. I am just now at the point where I can admit she was addicted and coping with her death.

This website is wonderful... I have done a lot of research on the effects of meth and making meth, trying understand the addiction. Never been a user I still don't fully get the high; however, I have a understanding of what she may been experiencing the days and minutes before she was killed.

I wish you luck with your son and hope he can get the help he needs.
Loraura Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
If you are curious how meth is effecting his brain, I wrote up an article explaining the basics in easy-to-read language (I think). You can Find it here.
starry
eyed
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
Tamm, I know we'd all be very interested to hear your story if you were ever willing to share it here. I am very sorry to hear about your sister.

To the OP: I can't imagine what all of the items you listed are for but I think it's pretty common for a meth user to disappear into the bathroom for many hours on end. I wish the best for your son and keep us posted.....
turtle
121079
Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
Thank you guys for all of your wonderful advice. I know I said I was new to the website and then disappeared. That is because I took him to the ER Monday night they admitted him. We got out of the hospital Thursday afternoon. All of his test results were ok. They found something on his colon and wanted to check that out. They basically treated him with antibiotics and told him he needed rehab. Got him home (my parents house) around 2:30 he was gone by 8:45 and no one has seen him since.

Laraura- I am definitely going to read that article
Tamm I am so sorry to hear about your sister-sounds like this website is something we both needed.

I am also going to read that link how a meth addict thinks and feels. I am looking for a support group as well. This was one of the roughest weeks I have ever had.

silly
veronica

Re: Electrical tape, fingernail polish remover vinegar and Meth
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Got him home (my parents house) around 2:30 he was gone by 8:45 and no one has seen him since.

I'm so sorry. It sounds like he's in pretty deep. PLEASE know you can come here - we're all here with open arms and open hearts.


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