Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction

Why Do People Take Methamphetamine?

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Due to methamphetamine being a powerful stimulant drug, it causes a great deal of detrimental effects to one’s physical and psychological health, and can also cause some social consequences. The fast acting, intense high produced by meth causes users  to commonly abuse the drug, which often leads into a dependency. When taken, methamphetamine gives its users a false sense of well-being and energy, causing the individual to push their body faster and further than it should go. This exhilaration is one of the contributing factors as to why those who abuse meth become addicted quickly. Because of the crush of chemicals and fast release of dopamine and other essential neurotransmitters, the brain forms a physical and psychological dependence on the substance  quickly.

But it’s not all that it would appear to be. Because of the rapid release of feel-good euphoria, many meth users experience the “crash” effect, which induces a physical or psychological breakdown. Unfortunately, many are not deterred by the adverse effects of meth, and are more likely to double dose (which may result in a fatal meth overdose) or make up for the deficit by abusing other addictive, stimulant drugs, like cocaine.

 

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Common Long and Short Term Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction

 

Continued use of meth can cause its users to experience a multitude of adverse short and long-term effects such as increased aggressiveness and disturbed sleep patterns.  Some of the short and long-term effects associated with methamphetamine addiction includes:

  • Altered brain structure and brain functioning
  • Seizures
  • Loss of appetite
  • “Meth mouth”, severe tooth decay and loss
  • Disorientation
  • Apathy
  • Confused exhaustion
  • Nausea
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  • Panic
  • Psychosis
  • Destruction of tissue inside the nose
  • Memory loss
  • Aggressive and violent behavior
  • Severe dental problems
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Amnesia
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Extreme fluctuations in mood
  • Bizarre and erratic behavior
  • Broken interpersonal relationships
  • Lack of financial stability
  • Job loss

 

The Lasting Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction

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With long-term use of methamphetamine, some of the effects of meth can be experienced for over two years, and some for a lifetime. That’s why prevention and recognizing the symptoms of meth addiction early on are crucial to preventing the permanent physical and psychological damage of methamphetamine addiction. Memory loss is one of the biggest detriments of long-term meth use; typically meth use causes intense brain damage resulting in memory loss and an increasing inability to grasp abstract thoughts. Those who recover from the effects of long-term meth use commonly experience memory gaps and extreme mood swings. This brain damage is permanent.

If you or a loved one have been using methamphetamine either short or long-term and the effects are beginning to negatively impact you, make the choice to recover your life today. Use of methamphetamine hurts more than it helps. At Harbor Village we can help you understand the importance of recovering your life from a meth addiction and new and effective coping skills. Make the brave decision to get clean today- call Harbor Village now to get started on your path to recovery from a methamphetamine use problem.

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