Meth, or crystal methamphetamine, is a stimulant that is snorted, smoked, or injected. This drug has profound effects on the body and the mind, making it one of the most addicting substances. According to data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 12 million people (4.7 percent of the population) have tried methamphetamine at least once. Many of those that try it become addicted to this powerful drug. My Recovery Helper can provide treatment options to those that are being controlled by this type of illicit drug.
Effects of Meth Use
After the feeling of euphoria has ended, the meth user craves more of the substance, leading to drug-seeking behavior and addictionMeth is a white crystalline drug that is often used as a club drug, providing a boost of energy and a rush of confidence. The effects of this drug are long-lasting, increasing the user’s energy and mood for six to eight hours. Meth is often used by teens and young adults that want to stay awake for long periods of time, usually for parties and raves. Once the person is addicted to meth, they begin to use it much more frequently, until they cannot function without it.
The drug, also known as crank, chalk, and speed, is illegal and has numerous health risks. Meth increases dopamine levels in the brain, leading to the high that the user feels. After the feeling of euphoria has ended, the meth user craves more of the substance, leading to drug-seeking behavior and addiction. Some of the more serious side effects of meth abuse involve damage to the brain, including aggression, psychotic behavior, confusion, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts. These psychological effects of the drug are largely due to the overstimulation of the brain, and the lack of sleep the user gets when they are high.
Meth also leads to physical health concerns, including increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and stroke. Meth users often experience sudden weight loss, abscesses on the skin, rotten teeth, and sores on the mouth and face. Other possible health risks are kidney failure, chest pain, brittle bones, compromised immune system, and malnutrition.
Signs your loved one might be using meth:
- Dilated pupils
- Sudden weight loss
- Rotten teeth
- Eye twitching
- Sores on mouth and face
- Sudden change in appearance
- Obsessive picking of skin
- Aggressive behavior
- Suicidal behavior
- Increased confidence
Signs of Meth Addiction
One of the telltale signs of meth addiction is the change in the person’s appearance. Meth destroys tissues and blood vessels in the skin, preventing the body from repairing itself. Sores on the face and hands develop, and take longer than normal to heal, and the skin loses its elasticity, making the person look years older. Meth users often become obsessed with picking at their skin, making their sores even worse.
Illegal Meth Manufacturing
Meth is a drug that is easy to manufacture, and clandestine meth labs are hidden throughout the country. Meth users and others that want to make some quick money have created homemade laboratories in their homes, garages, and vehicles. Home meth labs are a growing problem in America, not only because of the illicit drug they produce, but because the combination of toxic substances pose a risk for explosion and air and water contamination.
Crystal Meth Addiction Recovery
Meth is a drug that completely takes over the user’s life. Because it is so addicting, it is important to find help as soon as possible, for the best chance at recovery. Although meth is a very addicting substance, treatment and recovery are possible. The first step is detoxification, during which time the person stops taking the drug and the body is cleansed of its toxins. Rehab for methamphetamine addiction consists of intensive group and individual therapy sessions that work to help the client achieve behavioral changes. Because meth is a stimulant that improves the user’s mood and perception of themselves, depression is often a serious obstacle for the person in recovery. Psychological issues must be addressed and treated, including underlying causes of the addiction.
For recovering meth addicts, a complete change in lifestyle is usually warranted after treatment, because this type of drug is so commonly linked to clubs and social activities. A person in recovery for meth addiction must learn to function without the help of the substance, to work toward their goals under their own power, and to be happy about who they are without the drug.
My Recovery Helper is here to connect individuals and families with treatment that works. We will assess your situation and provide you with a treatment plan that will help you put this addiction behind you once and for all. If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, contact us at 1.844.867.6835 now.