Methamphetamine is more commonly known as “meth.” Other names for it include “crystal,” “glass,” “ice,” “speed,” and “crank.” This drug is classified as a stimulant, and there are both legal and illicit forms of it. A medication called “Desoxyn” is actually under the methamphetamine category. It’s used to treat those who are dealing with things such as ADHD. In some cases, people use this substance to help with weight loss. However, meth is commonly taken illicitly as this drug can be produced using everyday household items. This, of course, makes the drug more accessible to users. The main active ingredient in meth can be either pseudoephedrine or ephedrine. These ingredients can be found in many over-the-counter medications. So, users can actually create their own supply of methamphetamine by simply combining various inexpensive ingredients.
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Methamphetamine is a very addictive drug. It’s said that meth releases three times more dopamine than cocaine does. Dopamine is a chemical that acts as a messenger. When a person uses meth, this chemical is released to the areas of the brain that control the pleasure a person feels. Dopamine also controls things like motivation and alertness. Meth creates an extremely intense euphoric experience for its users. The commonly used term for this euphoria is “high.” This pleasurable feeling is part of what makes meth so addicting. Users enjoy the euphoric experience they have when they use meth. So, they continue to use the drug. Meth also causes a release of serotonin, a chemical that affects a person’s mood, appetite, and memory. In addition to feeling high, those who use meth may also experience a sudden alertness and a change in mood.
When a person smokes or injects methamphetamine, he or she may feel the effects for nearly 12 hours. But the effects wear off after that. It’s difficult to “come down” from such an intense high. The period of coming down is often called “crashing.” When a person crashes, he or she may feel depressed and anxious. It’s also common for users to feel lethargic and extremely hungry during this period. So, to avoid this unpleasant experience, people often use more of the drug to get high again. There are many different effects of meth use. Some are short-term while others are long-term. And the effects can be mental, emotional, and physical.
Meth Withdrawal Symptoms.
After just a short period of using meth, people can build up a tolerance for this substance. This means that their bodies can become used to the drug. When this happens, people who may have once used a smaller dose of meth will find that it no longer produces the effects they want. This happens as a result of the increased tolerance for the drug. As a result, those who use meth will need to use more of the drug in order to get the desired effects. This leads to substance abuse and dependence.
This means that the individual will begin to use more of the drug, regardless of the negative effects of substance use in their lives. It’s not likely that a person would choose to become dependent on or addicted to meth. Many people initially try the drug out of curiosity. But, they quickly find that this substance takes over their lives and causes many unwanted results, including addiction.
When a person becomes addicted to meth, his or her body will depend on the substance. It will grow used to functioning with the help of methamphetamine. So, it becomes very difficult to operate without using the drug. If the person does stop using the substance, even for just a short while, his or her body with go into a state of withdrawal.
The individual will experience symptoms like:
- Lack of energy
- Intense headaches
- Excessive sweating
- Extreme depression
- Feelings of anxiety
- Thoughts of using again (craving)
Many times, people who are under the influence of meth will go for days without sleeping or eating properly. When their bodies go into withdrawal, they will likely eat and sleep excessively. A state of emotional discomfort is also a common sign of withdrawal. Since the symptoms of withdrawal can be so uncomfortable, many people relapse when they’re attempting to end substance use in their lives. Sometimes, individuals even deal with suicidal thoughts. But, with the right kind of help, those who want to end their meth addiction can become free from it through a process of detox, treatment and recovery.
Long-Term Effects of Meth Use.
In addition to these short-term effects of meth use, those who use this drug may experience some of these long-term effects:
- Meth mouth
- Loss of hair
- Liver damage
- Brain damage
- Heart problems
- Kidney damage
- Extreme weight loss
- Financial problems
- Increased anxiety
- Aggressive behavior
- Delusional thinking
- Social withdrawal
- Overall disorganization
- Problems with bodily coordination
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- “Meth bugs” (the feeling of something crawling on skin)
- Sores (from scratching the “meth bug” itch)
People who use meth regularly may begin to experience some of those short and long-term effects. Again, this drug is highly addictive. So, it’s hard for people to use it to break free from the bondage of meth use. This is why it’s important to get help if you’re dealing with this issue. A professional detox program can help you to find freedom from a meth addiction.
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If you or someone you know could use some help overcoming a problem with meth dependence or addiction, there is hope. Here at Mountainview Recovery, we work to help each of our clients overcome substance abuse for good. Our mission is to help our patients find complete freedom from addiction. We do this by offering a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program. This kind of treatment uses medications to help our clients detox from substance use in a more safe and comfortable manner. We believe that you can overcome substance abuse. And we want to help you. So, if you’d like to begin your journey to recovery, contact us today.