Meth is a stimulant, which means it leaves users feeling powerful, intelligent, and very energetic. These feelings can be irresistible, particularly to people who are depressed, tired, have a history of trauma, or who feel hopeless in their lives. Unlike some other drugs, meth users can become addicted the very first time they use.
There are two factors that make meth so addictive. The first is how good it feels to be under the influence of meth. Meth inspires confidence, makes people feel more productive, and makes life feel better. It blinds people to their own faults, and to the struggles they face. So while the objective reality of your life might be that things are going poorly, meth makes it seem like everything is great.
The second, and most potent, reason that meth is so addictive is that it changes your brain and body. Over time, meth users become dependent on meth. They no longer use the drug to feel good. Instead, they rely on it to feel normal. Without meth, they may feel hopeless, suicidal, dumb, and worthless. Because the body becomes dependent, too, it aggressively resists any attempts to stop using meth. So users who attempt to break free from the cycle suffer intense physical and psychological discomfort known as detox. This withdrawal lasts several days, making it very difficult to stop using without help.
All of this means that meth isn’t just a choice. It’s a physical disease that changes your body and brain. Simply stopping meth won’t change things back to how they once were. Only comprehensive treatment can do that. Curing your body takes time and effort, but it is possible.