Methamphetamine Abuse - Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine Abuse - Methamphetamine Addiction drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

Methamphetamine An Addictive Synthetic Stimulant Drug

Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug because of its high potential for abuse and addiction. This drug is a central nervous system stimulant which is quite similar to amphetamine.


Legally this drug can be prescribed by a physician in very small doses but can never be refilled. Medical reasons and conditions are very limited for the use of methamphetamine and the dose prescribed is well under the dose that normally would be abused.


Methamphetamine Description

Methamphetamine is white in color, has no smell or odor, and tastes bitter. This white powder is abused in a few ways, by sniffing or snorting the powder, using a needle and injecting it, or ingesting it orally. Another form of methamphetamine is called rock 'crystal' or crystal meth which is heated and then smoked.

When methamphetamine abusers and addicts obtain this drug on the streets they refer to it as:

  • Speed
  • Crystal
  • Glass
  • Chalk
  • Ice
  • Meth

 

Those are just a few of the many street names given to methamphetamine.


Methamphetamine and Brain Function

When abusing Methamphetamine the toxic chemicals drastically affect the brain. This drug causes the dopamine in the brain to rapidly increase and the addict in a short period of time experiences extreme pleasure and euphoria. As well as the quick 'rush' or 'high' experienced by the methamphetamine user, their motor skills are increased. During this time the individual is more alert and feels physically active.


A short term user is someone that doesn't abuse methamphetamine very often and usually in smaller doses. The effects associated with short-term use of meth are irregular heartbeats, rapid or fast heart rate, body temperature increases, and blood pressure increases. Because methamphetamine is so extremely addictive, chronic abuse of meth can happen very quickly. Short term use of meth can lead to chronic abuse and methamphetamine addiction.

Long term chronic abuse of methamphetamine is much more serious. Some of the effects from this drug are:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Violent behavior
  • Very severe dental problems
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Mood changes

 

When injecting meth the drug user also risks hepatitis, AIDS, HIV and other dangerous infectious diseases.

IF the reasons listed above are not good enough reasons to quit using Methamphetamine then watch the video below as it will hopefully scare you clean.


Crystal Methamphetamine

Crystal meth is a form of d-methamphetamine that is extremely addictive. This synthetic or man-made stimulant is usually smoked using a glass pipe. Many drug abusers also inject crystal meth. The euphoria or rush can last up to 12 hours or more when smoking meth. Crystal Methamphetamine is very addictive and is classified as a Schedule II substance because of that. People of all ages abuse crystal methamphetamine. Many physical problems can result with crystal meth abuse. Damage to the small blood vessels in the brain, heart beat and blood pressure increase and this can cause a stroke, convulsions, and even death.


Habitual abuse of meth eventually can have the opposite effect on the addict, their motor function can decrease and the levels of dopamine that once cause euphoria can decrease instead of increase. Research shows that learning and memory problems are affected as well with chronic abuse of meth. Methamphetamine addiction is very serious and dangerous, fortunately studies done in 2009 show a decrease in meth abuse among teens and young adults.


Street Terms for Crystal Meth

  • Super ice
  • Crystal glass
  • Stove top
  • L.A. glass
  • Hot ice
  • L.A. ice
  • Batu
  • Blade

 

The most common terms for crystal meth are ice and glass.


Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Methamphetamine Addiction

  • Increased appetite
  • Problems with sleep patterns
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings

 

Sometimes antidepressant medications are prescribed for the individual while going through meth withdrawal due to depression.

 

Methamphetamine Addiction Drug Treatment

Detoxification treatment may be necessary for the individual depending on the extent of their drug use. Cognitive behavioral interventions are very successful in helping the person make positive changes in their life. Life is very stressful at times and the recovering meth abuser needs to modify their way of thinking and coping with stressful situations. This type of therapy has proved to help many recovering drug addicts go on to lead normal happy lives.



Websites Used
NIDA Info-Facts Methamphetamine
NIDA Methamphetamine
National Drug Intelligence Center Fast Facts

Methamphetamine Reference Gallery

Methamphetamine Discussion

  1. Addict

    I HAVE NO MONEY IV BEEN DOING DRUGS MOST OF MY LIFE AN NOT ONLY WAS AN AM I TAKING THE STEEPS TO QUIT BUT NOW I HAVE THE COURTS BREATHING DOWN MY NECK AN EVERYONE I THOUGHT WOULD BE THERE TO HELP HAS TURNED THEIR BACKS ON ME I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP BUT I'M FINDING THAT'S NOT THE CASE I LIVE IN CITRUS HTS, CA. AN BASICALLY I AM TRYING TO FIND SOME KIND OF SOME THING TO WERE I CAN GET TREATMENT AT NO COST OR LITTLE COST AND STILL GO TO WORK AN DO THE EVERY DAY THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE FOR ME TO LIVE I MEAN I'M HOMELESS OR COUCH SURFING AND I WORK BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR ANYTHING BUT FOOD FOR THE WEEK AN BARLEY.

    • Addict

      I don't want to sound rude but you're just making excuses to stay active in your addiction. Once you go in for treatment everything else will fall into place. Better job, the law will back off, and you'll get a better job. Don't forget you'll get your own home!! I know I was a meth user from the age of 14 till 21.. IT'S NOT EASY TO LET GO OF EVERYTHING YOU KNOW..... Been clean for 10 years now.. GOOD LUCK!!

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