What Are the Symptoms of Meth Addiction, and Why Do People Become Addicted?
With methamphetamine being such a highly addictive stimulant drug, it is not uncommon for meth users to began abusing the drug which often results in a meth addiction. There are many factors which weigh into meth becoming an object of addiction, but there are three key factors which have a role in meth's long term effects. One may be predisposed from genetic addiction (which is one of the attributes which makes addiction a disease). Another facet of addiction is one's environment and the presence of methamphetamine. Coming from backgrounds where drug addiction and abuse is common, one easily assumes the same role in their life- likely missing out on the all important abilities to help manage stress and cope with trauma without the help of addictive substances. The effects of methamphetamine addiction can be permanent and cause life long problems.
Symptoms of Meth Addiction
Symptoms of methamphetamine use problem includes:
Loss of control over methamphetamine use
Experiencing health related-problems in relation to drug use
Using meth to “feel normal” or escape life’s stressors
Loss of interest in activities which were once enjoyable
Shaking and tremors
Preoccupied by methamphetamines
Extremely dilated pupils and sensitivity to light
Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits
Abrupt mood swings
Being deceitful and dishonest to conceal drug use
Exhibiting drug seeking behaviors
Decline in performance at work and/or school
Decline in personal hygiene
Borrowing or stealing money to support meth habit
Desire to cut down and making unsuccessful attempts at reducing or stopping drug use
Keeping stashes of meth to satisfy cravings cravings
Missing or misplaced shoelaces (generally used to tie off injection sites)
Having paraphernalia and tools for administering methamphetamine (needles, razor blades & etc)
Physical Symptoms of Meth Addiction
You can also recognize a meth addiction by means of one’s physical appearance. If you’re lead to believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from a methamphetamine use problem, the following signs are common physical indicators of meth abuse and addiction:
Skin PickingIndividuals who heavily use methamphetamine are notorious for picking at their skin. The marks caused by skin picking are similar to extreme acne cases, which often results in open sores on the face
Skin CrawlingMeth addicts are also notorious for experiencing feelings of crawling skin
Tooth DecayMeth addicts generally suffer from a condition known as “meth mouth” which is characterized by decaying teeth and tooth loss
Hair LossHeavy meth use can lead to lack of nutrients in the user's body in addition to ingesting dangerous chemicals, as a result hair breakage frequently occurs leading to significant hair loss
Nasal and Breathing Problems
Snorting meth can cause extreme dryness in the body’s mucous membranes and cause nosebleeds.Those who use the drug in freebase form tend to experience chronic bronchitis, smoker’s cough, and damaged lungs
If you recognize multiple signs and symptoms listed above in yourself or a loved one, seek professional meth addiction treatment and recovery immediately. Harbor Village is readily available to provide you with comprehensive addiction treatment for methamphetamine addiction and abuse. Give us a call today!
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