Tanya is 16 years old, she lives in Chicago and goes to a very good high school. She gets good grades and does after school activities like tennis and swimming. She is also president of student council and is well liked among her peers. She also has a group of close friends that she likes to hang out with. However, her life will soon be controlled by a drug the up to 40% of the U.S uses: methamphetamine.
Stage 3: Problem/Risky Use
One day, one of Tanya's friends tells her about this drug that she got from a dealer on the streets. She says it's called methamphetamine. She says all of her friends are in on it. Tanya asks if she can have some, and her friend says sure. So she hands her a packet, and Tanya takes some out and eats it. She immediately feels this rush of relaxation and euphoria due to an immense amount of dopamine being sent through her brain, and then asks for some to take home with her.
Stage 4: Dependence
Have to get the drug... Have to get the drug...!
Tanya, after a few days, has now begun to openly use the drug on weekends with some new friends that she picked up who know how to acquire it whenever they run out. The methamphetamine has already begun to affect her brain, causes it to start relying on the drug. She hangs out with her new friends at the park every weekend.
Stage 5: Addiction
Because of Tanya's use of the drug, she has started to feel crashes and feels sick and frightened. Other kids, including her friends have found out and have begun to avoid her. Her grades have also been slipping and she as been kicked out of student council, and other clubs.
Tanya soon began relying on the drug so much that went to dangerous lengths to obtain it. She has tried quitting, but the withdrawal symptoms were so extreme that she could not fight the urge to get the drug. Her brain has now adapt to rely on the drug for happiness.
Tanya has now consumed so much of the drug that she has a compulsive urge to obtain no matter the circumstances. She has tried over and over again to stop using it but always falls back into the habit. She has decided to get a therapist to talk out her problems and is now on the mend and has stopped using the drug..