Meth Addiction Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think it Does

Last Updated: Sep 2nd 2021

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Unexpected Addicts (Who Might be in Your Life)

Most people have some sort of idea of what they think that someone with a meth addiction looks like. Even if you are challenged to close your eyes and picture a meth addict, there is a fairly strong chance that you would imagine a disheveled and frail looking person with messy hair, tooth decay, sunken cheeks, and/or torn or dirty clothing. And though that is an assumption, we wouldn’t blame you for having that idea in mind – it is exactly people who look like that who appear in popular media like television and movies when a filmmaker is depicting an addiction to meth.

The thing is, though, that many meth addicts look and act like anyone else you might encounter during your day. In some cases, husbands and wives were able to hide a meth addiction from their spouses for months or even years. Regardless of what the stigma is that has attached itself to meth addiction, people from every kind of background have been found with an addiction to this substance.

Their Symptoms Might be Wholly Invisible to You

You might be wondering how in the world a spouse would not be able to tell that their husband or wife was abusing meth on a daily basis for such a long time. It’s because some meth addicts go through tremendous lengths to make sure that nobody ever finds out about the addiction. They will even research all of the signs of methamphetamine abuse and do everything in their power to counteract those symptoms or at least have a believable story ready should any of those signs become visible to other people.

Worst of all is that these people have convinced themselves that there isn’t any kind of problem with using meth every day. They think they’re taking meth for a “good” cause of some sort like “having more energy to get things done”. If they’re caught using meth, they often argue that there aren’t any negative side effects from using meth, and that they’re not addicted — that they can quit whenever they want, they just don’t want to right now.

This all being said, getting these people to go to a meth addiction rehab center can be very difficult. However, what they may not understand is that they are damaging their bones, teeth, and organs to a point that can quickly become irreversible.

If you believe that a loved one may have an addiction to meth, contact us for more information and guidance in what your next steps should be.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.