Crystal Meth ravages the body and mind - Covenant House Vancouver

Crystal Meth ravages the body and mind

Lily had been in hospital for three weeks. Lily is 20 and she was a longtime crystal meth user, and the effects of this drug can be far reaching and permanent. Lily was displaying psychosis; and although she was clearly mentally ill, we were uncertain as to whether or not this was organic (biological) or drug induced psychosis.

The Outreach Team visited her consistently in the hospital, attempting to work closely with the hospital staff to collaborate on a suitable discharge plan. She was released to another shelter and two days later, but unfortunately, she was hit by a car and admitted back into the hospital.

We worked closely with the hospital staff to support Lily in her recovery. The hospital helped Lily to reconnect with her parents and she agreed to repatriate home to Manitoba. We picked Lily up at the hospital, helped her pack her bags, call her parents, and then drove her down to the airport. We coordinated with the airline, to have her escorted on and off the plane and to meet her connecting flight.

Lily called us a few days later to tell us she arrived home safely. She thanked us for all our support.
We have our fingers crossed that her mental health issues were only drug related, and that she will see full recovery.

Crystal meth


Lily had been in hospital for three weeks. Lily is 20 and she was a longtime crystal meth user, and the effects of this drug can be far reaching and permanent. Lily was displaying psychosis; and although she was clearly mentally ill, we were uncertain as to whether or not this was organic (biological) or drug induced psychosis.

The Outreach Team visited her consistently in the hospital, attempting to work closely with the hospital staff to collaborate on a suitable discharge plan. She was released to another shelter and two days later, but unfortunately, she was hit by a car and admitted back into the hospital.

We worked closely with the hospital staff to support Lily in her recovery. The hospital helped Lily to reconnect with her parents and she agreed to repatriate home to Manitoba. We picked Lily up at the hospital, helped her pack her bags, call her parents, and then drove her down to the airport. We coordinated with the airline, to have her escorted on and off the plane and to meet her connecting flight.

Lily called us a few days later to tell us she arrived home safely. She thanked us for all our support.
We have our fingers crossed that her mental health issues were only drug related, and that she will see full recovery.

Crystal meth