Crystal methamphetamine addiction is one of the most pervasive substance abuse threats in the country. Not only has it led to the fatal or nearly fatal overdoses of thousands of victims; it has also degraded communities everywhere and led to a dramatic increase in pharmacy burglaries and other criminal activity. The crystal methamphetamine (also called meth) production process, usually undertaken in dangerous, uncontrolled and unsanitary basement labs, has created public health crises across the entire United States. Once confined primarily to the Southern and Middle United States, crystal meth addiction is now a threat everywhere and affects victims of all backgrounds. Families and loved ones of suspected crystal meth abuse sufferers are urged to look for signs which commonly include, but are not limited to:
• Severe Weight Loss
• Dilated Pupils
• Decaying Teeth
• Obsessive and Borderline Psychotic Behavior
• Erratic Sleep Patterns
• Extreme Fluctuation in Energy
There may not be a more damaging drug than crystal meth, which causes severe mental and physical health complications for both short and long-term users. Meth abuse takes over a person’s life while deteriorating their physical appearance and causing potentially long-term brain damage.
The aspect of methamphetamine that is so appealing to users is the instant rush of pleasure, followed by a prolonged sense of euphoria. It gives users a sense of increased energy, confidence, focus and desirability. While all drugs and pleasurable activities release dopamine, the amount released in the brain when using crystal meth is unrivaled – creating a high that lasts as long as 12 hours.
Like all drugs, however, each use produces a lower high than the previous one, forcing users to feel the need to take more. When the euphoric effects wear off, users experience extreme depression and feel the need to take more to avoid the crash.
Prolonged crystal meth abuse changes the brain chemistry of users, destroying the wiring in the brain’s pleasure center, making it more and more difficult to experience any sort of pleasure. While research has shown that this process can be reversed after.
Prolonged crystal methamphetamine abuse changes the brain chemistry of users, destroying the wiring in the brain’s pleasure center, making it more and more difficult to experience any sort of pleasure. While research has shown that this process can be reversed after use has ceased, the regrowth of tissue will never be fully complete and the loss of other cognitive abilities may be permanent. Even after years of sobriety, former meth users still suffer from severe impairment of memory, judgment and motor coordination.
Another effect of the drug is hyperactive, obsessive and even violent behavior. Methamphetamine is a stimulant that causes the brain to release high doses of adrenaline; creating anxiety and extreme levels of focused attention. This is also known as “tweaking.” Psychotic behavior, extreme paranoia, aggression, delusions, and hallucinations are also associated with heavy and chronic usage.
Some users experience a feeling of insects crawling beneath their skin, something also known as formication. Individuals dealing with formication pick at their skin obsessively and create sores all over their bodies.
If you or someone you love has developed an addiction to crystal meth,seek the necessary treatment immediately. There is hope. We can help.
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Written by William Charles, Owner and Publisher of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™, Heroin News, and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC)
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