[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”METH ADDICTION” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Crystal meth—short for crystal methamphetamine—is one variation of the drug methamphetamine. It is most commonly snorted, smoked, or injected intravenously. It creates an addiction that is incredibly strong and begins forming it after the first use.
Meth is known by other names as well, most commonly glass and ice. It is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Because of its stimulant effects, it has become increasingly popular as a club drug, and the effects typically last from six to eight hours but can remain as long as 24 hours. The long-lasting effects and inexpensive cost make this a popular drug.
When meth is taken, it begins depleting the body’s resources. This creates a strong dependence as more of the drug is required to relieve the body’s craving. Methamphetamine is classified as a schedule ll drug by the United States Substances Act, which means that it has a high potential for abuse, and that abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
EFFECTS OF ABUSE
Even the immediate effects of using meth have adverse consequences. Right away the user will experience increased attention, activity, and wakefulness, while experiencing decreased fatigue. The euphoric rush of dopamine, though, precedes other side effects like:
- Decreased appetite
- Increased respiration
- Rapid/irregular heartbeat
When a person overdoses on meth, hyperthermia and convulsions may prove to be fatal if not treated.
The long-term effects of meth addiction can have negative effects on a person even after they stop abusing the drug. Aside from addiction they may experience psychosis in the form of paranoia, hallucinations, and repetitive motor activity. They may also suffer from side effects like:
- Changes in brain function
- Lacking motor skills and thought patterns
- Memory loss
- Aggressive/violent behavior
- Severe tooth decay
- Weight loss
The effects of meth addiction have far surpassed the individual addict. Family and friends often suffer greatly because of the harm caused by this relentless addiction. While the immediate effects may not always be recognizable, knowing what to look for can prevent an addiction from forming.
Meth addiction is a difficult battle for many, but there are many treatment programs designed to help. If you suspect a friend or loved one is battling this addiction, be cautious how you approach the situation. Enlist the help of a professional who can direct you in the best way to help them overcome their addiction.