Meet the People Who Used Meth to Treat Their ADHD – DIGIWIZ CENTRAL

Meet the People Who Used Meth to Treat Their ADHD

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Rita was an overachiever as a kid: Her school placed her in a gifted and talented program at 5, and she competed on the national level with her swim team starting in elementary school. But when she entered junior high school, she suddenly couldn’t focus. “Everything was boring,” Rita, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, told The Daily Beast. Years later, in the early 1990s, she dropped out of college and started bartending in Phoenix, Arizona. That’s when a coworker offered her meth—and everything changed.

When she tried it, Rita didn’t get high. Instead, for the first time in a very long time, she could focus. “All my problems were solved,” she recalled. “I felt like I did when I was a kid. Like I could do things again.”

She began using small amounts of meth daily and was quickly promoted to manager at the bar where she worked. “For the first time I was really excelling, and I felt that my parents were proud of me, which I’d always wanted them to be,” she said. But things quickly devolved again when police pulled her over for a traffic violation and found drugs in her car. She was arrested for possession. After that, she was in and out of jail for a year.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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