Meth Addiction Treatment
Methamphetamine is a very powerful, highly-addictive stimulant. It has enormous and often permanent – effects on the central nervous system. And crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks.
Is Meth Addictive?
The chemical composition of Methamphetamine is similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder. But the similarities stop there.
Methamphetamine is an incredibly-powerful energizer. It can trigger a sense of euphoria that leads people to keep using it. Meth has properties that profoundly affect the mind (often in very harmful ways). Yet, people who use it tend to keep using it. Why? Because the euphoric state into which it puts you is addictive, making you want more. And more. And more.
Effects of Meth Addiction on the Body
Extended meth use can cause irreversible damage, such as a racing pulse and immense strain on your circulatory system, brain damage bad enough to cause a stroke, an irregular heart-beat that can cause a heart attack, permanent liver, kidney, and lung damage. Or death.
In addition to the possibility of stroke, users may also have to live with brain damage bad enough to cause memory-loss or distorted perception. And even if you eventually recover from an addiction to meth, you’ll be prone to memory lapses and wild emotional outbreaks for the rest of your life.
The Risks of Consuming Meth
Frequent meth users also suffer from sleep deprivation, belligerent tantrums, very high tension-levels, and depression. But the list doesn’t end there. They are also prone to frequent outbursts, hallucinations, and an inability to adapt to even the simplest circumstances.
Meth also causes body temperature to spike, sometimes enough to cause spasms. Then, inevitably, once the energizing impact wears off, depression and self-destructive behaviors generally start.
But if the fever spikes high enough to affect your circulation, you probably won’t have to worry about depression and self-destructive behaviors.
Because you’ll probably be dead…
How Is Methamphetamine Used?
Methamphetamine can be used is a variety of ways because it is produced in several different forms. It can be smoked, snorted, injected or swallowed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, smoking it is currently the most common method of using meth.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Meth Abuse?
Compared to other illicit drugs, methamphetamine can produce negative long-term health effects that are irreversible. With most drugs, any past damage can be fixed and doesn’t have an indefinite effect, that’s often not the case with some of the effects of methamphetamine abuse.
Are Methamphetamine Abusers at Risk for Contracting HIV/AIDS?
Yes, methamphetamine users are at greater risk for contracting and transmitting infectious diseases and that risk is not limited to injection users.
Certainly, injection drug users are at increased risk of HIV and hepatitis B and C mostly because of their re-use and sharing of contaminated needles and other paraphernalia. But, even users who smoke or snort meth can engage in unsafe behaviors, like unprotected sex, because their judgment and inhibition are affected.
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