10 ways to keep well

10 ways to keep well if using meth

Meth is a risk to your physical and mental health, so no use is best. But if you use meth, here are the best ways to keep well.

  1. Mixing meth with other drugs or medicines can be unpredictable. Especially avoid strong hallucinogens, Tramadol and MAOI antidepressants.
  2. Use condoms to protect yourself from STIs and HIV. Meth often makes people very sexual and bigger risk takers at the same time.
  3. Eat something every 4 or 5 hours, drink more water, and brush your teeth after food or sweet drinks.
  4. Have a break if you’ve been going longer than 24 hours. If you want to sleep later, don’t use after 3pm. 
  5. Consider taking meth orally like in a drink. It can produce a smoother high, prevents injury caused by other routes, and makes you less likely to use more.
  6. Use a shatterproof pipe if smoking as regular glass becomes brittle. Take care to avoid burns and clean the inside regularly to remove burnt residue which could be inhaled.
  7. Injecting meth increases the risk of harm and a negative experience. Risks include taking too much and infections like Hep C or HIV. If injecting, use sterile equipment and don't share it. There are needle exchanges in New Zealand.
  8. Meth is illegal. It’s also illegal to own a pipe. Be discreet and only keep less than 5 grams for personal use. Anything over this is considered intent to supply and involves harsher penalties.
  9. Don't use when pregnant. Like alcohol, meth can harm the normal development of the fetus.  
  10. Leave a month or two between use. Your brain needs time to recover so it doesn't start seeing meth as the easiest route to pleasure.

Another way to stay safer is to use HALTS.

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Signs you might be using too much

  • Your study, work or home responsibilities are sliding because of your drug use (e.g. skipping class or work, or neglecting your children).

  • Your drug use is getting you into trouble with the law, such as arrests for disorderly behaviour, driving under the influence, or stealing to get money for drugs.

  • You’ve built up a tolerance which means you need more of the drug to feel the effect you want.

  • You’ve stopped doing the stuff you used to love doing, like previous interests, sport, and social activities. Instead, you've given that time to use drugs.

  • Your life revolves around using drugs and doing what ever it is that you do on drugs. You spend way too much time using, thinking about, planning to get, or recovering from the effects of drugs.

  • If you go too long without drugs, you experience withdrawal symptoms like nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, or anxiety.

  • You do more drugs, more often than you told yourself you should. You may want to stop using, but you've lost or are losing control.

  • Your relationships are strained because of your drug use. This could include fights with your partner or whānau members, an unhappy boss, or the loss of old friends.

  • You're embarrassed or ashamed about the stuff you do when high; like driving high, using dirty needles, hanging with people you normally wouldn't, having sex for drugs, or risky sex.

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You don’t realise how much it’s taken over until you have a break.

Anita