What Is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug which like many other illicit drugs, is a highly addictive substance. Commonly methamphetamine is used in the form of crystal methamphetamine, nicknamed “crystal meth” for short. Methamphetamine is a white crystal drug, generally this drug is snorted, smoked or injected by a needle. This particular drug has the capability of releasing surges of dopamine causing one to feel a false sense of happiness, well-being, and confidence. The drug effects usually last 6 to 12 hours depending on how the drug is taken, however the adverse effects it causes to the body in the long term are detrimental.
Like most drugs, over time meth causes chemical changes in the brain, meth also causes malnutrition, “meth mouth” which is extreme decaying of the teeth and “meth mites” which are skin sores. Also, those who take meth by injection are more prone to contracting diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, due to shared needles. A few of the shorter term effects of using meth include user’s experiencing irregular sleep patterns, loss of appetite, convulsions, and seizures. Even with just one use meth can cause adverse long term effects or even death in some instances. Even if you’re healthy or a first time user, meth can cause you to experience sudden death.
Most users become addicted after their first experience with meth, which usually leads them down a path of destruction. Methamphetamine addictions are one of the hardest to treat because users tend to become psychologically dependent on it. The drug can ruin one’s overall well being, especially physically, psychologically, and professionally. Constantly chasing the intense high created by meth can cause an individual to self-destruct from continued use of the drug.
Methamphetamine withdrawal will consist of two phases. Phase one occurs within 24 hours of your last encounter with meth and the intensity lessens within two weeks. Phase two is less intense than the initial phase, this phase lasts for another two to three weeks. Some users will experience methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms for weeks to months, ultimately experiencing Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS). Some of the common withdrawal and addiction symptoms of methamphetamine include: cravings for methamphetamine, as well as carbohydrates, inactivity and hyper-insomnia, depressive moods and psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions.
Slang Names for Methamphetamine
- Go Fast
- Cotton Candy
- Go-go juice
- No doze
- White Cross
- Rocket fuel
- Scooby Snax
One of the Simple Reasons People Use Meth
Meth users are typically enticed by the drugs ability to produce an intense high at a cheap price. If you or a loved one are currently suffering from a methamphetamine use problem, seek help immediately! Addiction in any form is dangerous, especially a meth addiction therefore you should always be aware of the serious dangers that the drug imposes. You or your loved one no longer have to suffer from the detriments of addiction, help is available and recovery is possible! Harbor Village can provide you with the most effective and comprehensive care there is to offer. Give us a call today!