Methamphetamine use, also known as “meth” or “crystal meth”, is an epidemic in the US, with millions of people struggling with meth addiction each year. For those who struggle with meth dependency, methamphetamine rehab is the answer.
What is methamphetamine?
Meth is a drug created by mixing chemicals from multiple household items, including cough medicine and batteries. Meth may appear in powder form or in crystalline form, which is referred to as “crystal meth”.
Meth is a central nervous system stimulant and can be taken in multiple ways; meth can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected.
What effect does methamphetamine have on the user?
Methamphetamine is an extremely powerful stimulant. The drug acts on the brain’s reward center, releasing large amounts of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin and flooding the user with pleasure.
The immediate effect of meth is extreme euphoria. Meth may also make the user more talkative or overtly sexual, increasing the chance of engaging in risky sexual behaviors. Meth also causes insomnia, and the lack of sleep can make users paranoid and aggressive.
Some users experience compulsions to perform repetitive acts, like picking at the skin, also know as “tweaking”. They may also experience a lack of appetite, increased energy and a decreased need for sleep.
What are the symptoms of someone under the influence of methamphetamine abuse?
Methamphetamine users experience increased heart rate, higher body temperatures and high blood pressure. They may also experience auditory and visual hallucinations, which typically increase the longer the user goes without sleep. An increase in libido, aggression, mood swings and intense paranoia is also typical among meth users. a heightening-or sharpening-of many of the body’s organs, to extreme levels.
What are the potential dangers of using methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine overloads many of the body’s systems and doesn’t allow them to function normally. Meth users may have trouble “shutting down” and falling asleep or experience tremors, seizures or convulsions. They may suffer from stroke or heart attacks after prolonged use.
When smoked, meth also causes severe tooth decay, also known as “meth mouth”. This decay can cause users to lose some or all of their teeth.
If a loved one is struggling with meth abuse, methamphetamine rehab might be the answer. At Turning Point Treatment Center, our individualized treatment plans, highly qualified staff and personalized approach to recovery have a proven track record of success. For more information on methamphetamine rehab at Turning Point Treatment Center, please contact us.