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 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:
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:
- Violent behavior
- Very severe dental problems
- Mood changes
When injecting meth the drug user also risks hepatitis, AIDS, HIV and other dangerous infectious diseases.
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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
The most common terms for crystal meth are ice and glass.
Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Methamphetamine Addiction
- Increased appetite
- Problems with sleep patterns
- 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.
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