If you have a friend or family member suffering from addiction to crystal meth, it is important to understand that addiction is a progressive and potentially fatal disease. It is not a sign of weakness, a lack of willpower, or a moral failing. Modern recovery approaches recognize the importance of involving the family and friends of the addict in the recovery process, and not shielding them from the consequences of their using behavior (sometimes referred to as “enabling”).
If you feel someone is having a medical crisis or emergency, please call 911. CMA is not a medical organization.
Fortunately, there are a variety of support programs available to you.
CM-Anon is an anonymous Twelve Step fellowship for relatives and friends of addicts affected by crystal meth.
Al-Anon and Al-Ateen groups focus largely on the families and friends of alcoholics, but their materials can be helpful to the loved ones of addicts as well.
Nar-Anon is an organization for the family and friends of drug addicts.
You can also call your local hospital’s CDRU (Chemical Dependency Recovery Unit) and ask for referrals.
It is important to remember that, sadly, most addicts do not recover until they become willing to seek help. It is nearly impossible to “make someone recover.” However, by providing support and understanding, you can help your loved one on their journey to recovery.