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How Does it All Begin? Methamphetamine Addiction

Addiction to Methamphetamine

How Does it All Begin? Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine is made in illegal labs with ingredients such as lantern fuel, drain cleaner, and battery acid, among many others. You might wonder, “How in the world would a person use such a drug, let alone become addicted to it?” One of the answers is that methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant.  Addiction to Methamphetamine can begin for some individuals from using other stimulants such as Adderall or amphetamines and abusing them.

Adderall, for instance, is a drug which is commonly used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy. It helps users to stay focused on an activity, improves their ability to listen to instructions, and pay better attention to details. But while it can be helpful for users, it also has side effects such as weight loss. Some people abuse this drug for this reason or to have increased energy. Therefore, when they can no longer obtain Adderall or some other form of amphetamine, they seek methamphetamine for the same effects along with the feelings of euphoria.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is usually a white bitter-tasting powder or pill. Crystal meth is the same substance, but it looks like broken glass or bluish-white rocks.

Common street names for methamphetamine include:

  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Crank
  • Ice
  • Speed
  • Chalk

Individuals ingest methamphetamine by inhaling (smoking), swallowing as a pill, snorting, or diluting it with alcohol or water for injection.

The short-term effects of methamphetamine consist of:

  • Rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Increased wakefulness and energy
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased body temperature
  • Faster breathing

Meth use can cause altered judgment and decision-making. It can also lead to risky behavior such as unprotected sex or driving while under the influence of the drug.  Addiction to Methamphetamine can lead to many unwanted and dangerous side effects. People who inject meth are more prone to contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, and other infectious diseases.

Long-term effects of Methamphetamine use include:

  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Severe dental problems (also known as “Meth Mouth”)
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Paranoia
  • Violent behavior
  • Skin sores from scratching due to intense itching
  • Hallucinations

There are other severe and dangerous long-term effects linked to methamphetamine abuse or addiction.

Addiction to Methamphetamine

Elevated levels of dopamine are what causes the intense “high” and euphoric feeling of methamphetamine. Wanting to recreate these feelings of euphoria is what makes meth so addictive. Individuals often binge on methamphetamine and take small amounts of it for days. This behavior keeps them awake and energy levels high. Using meth in this manner quickly leads to methamphetamine addiction.

When a person has been taking meth for days, and it finally wears off, they have a severe “crash” which leaves them feeling fatigued, hungry, depressed, and even anxious. For this reason, once someone starts using meth, they continue. Ultimately the person builds up a tolerance for the drug, and it takes more of it to achieve the same feelings of euphoria that they want. Hence, they develop a methamphetamine addiction.

Seek Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

If you are struggling with methamphetamine addiction, seek professional treatment before it devastates your life any further. Whether it started with the abuse of Adderall, amphetamines, or cocaine, methamphetamine addiction can be deadly on so many levels. Don’t continue on this path of destruction.

At Behavioral Rehabilitation Services, we can design a treatment program tailor-made for your needs and preferences. We have a compassionate and caring staff that is non-judgmental and respects every client in our inpatient rehab facility.

Contact one of our informed representatives today to learn more about the different treatment programs that we offer. They can answer any questions you may have about our facility and addiction to Methamphetamine.

Resources:

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