Meth - Extremely Addictive


Meth - Extremely Addictive

Meth is More Addictive than 'First Time Users' may think! If chronic meth addicts only realized what their life was going to be like someday after trying the highly addictive and destructive drug for the first time, I'm sure they would have had second thoughts before they used. Just being aware of the side effects alone associated with the abuse of meth would stop most people from trying the illicit drug I would think.


Because meth produces such pleasurable and euphoric feelings, new users don't realize this may be all it takes for them to become consumed with thoughts of repeating their use in an attempt repeat their high. Many recovering meth addicts have said this is exactly how their addiction to the drug got started and feel they became addicted just that quick.

Short Term Effects of Meth

The intense rush and euphoric feelings or high meth produces when it's abused is due to the surge of dopamine that's released in the brain when a person smokes, injects or snorts methamphetamine. Meth is a stimulant so a person's physical energy level is also drastically increased when they use the drug.

Methamphetamine decreases a person's appetite and some people have even tried meth just for that reason and soon found out how addictive the drug can be. Other short term effects of meth may include; anxiety, nervousness, irritability, twitching, inability to sleep for extended periods of time and then crashing from exhaustion. It just depends on the route of administration and how each person responds to the drug's effects.

Meth may produce pleasant feelings at first but unfortunately the stimulant drug doesn't just stop there. With repeated use meth can end up controlling the mind, destroying the body and every other aspect of a person's life if they develop an addiction to the destructive drug which can happen very easily.

The use of meth can increase blood pressure, body temperature, cause an irregular heartbeat and rapid heart rate. Meth use can also cause a person to display repetitive behaviors like constant scratching or picking of the skin and pulling out pieces of hair.

Meth Side Effects

Anyone thinking of trying meth for the first time may want to think twice because serious side effects can occur even with first time use and some of them can be deadly. Meth use also causes teeth to become damaged, discolored, decay and rot. Common signs of meth use include what's referred to as 'meth mouth' which is one of the side effects associated with the drug. Meth users often grind their teeth too which leads to further tooth damage.

Meth use takes a toll on the entire body and if a person uses a large amount of the drug dangerous side effects can be experienced. Side effects may include stomach pain, chest pain, heart attack, coma, breathing problems, kidney damage, paranoia, hyperthermia, and seizures. Small amounts of meth can cause side effects too so there is no amount of the drug that safe to abuse.

Methamphetamine Psychosis

Almost two thirds of meth users experience some form of methamphetamine psychosis which can start within the first few months of use. These users are often consumed by fear and paranoia believing they're constantly in danger and that someone is always out to get them.

Meth Alters the Brain

Methamphetamine that's illegally produced and sold on the streets contains a combination of many different toxic and dangerous substances and causes serious chemical and molecular changes in the brain with extended use. Some changes in the brain caused from meth use can continue for a long period of time even after a person stop abusing the drug, which shows you just how destructive meth use can be.

Long Term Effects of Meth Abuse

Long term use of meth can lead to very serious and debilitating symptoms, but I'm sure a first time user would never think their experimental use of the drug would ever get that far. The long term effects of meth abuse can include:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Severe dental problems
  • Extreme mood disturbances
  • Violent behavior
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Severe depression
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Delusions causing users to scratch and pick at their skin
  • Hallucinations

When a person develops a strong addiction to meth or any other substance they experience a compulsive need for the drug that they're unable to control. An addict will do whatever it takes to obtain more of the drug and will even resort to stealing from family, friends and strangers if they have to.

Symptoms of Methamphetamine Withdrawal

  • Intense cravings
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiousness
  • Fearfulness
  • Loss of energy
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating

The withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced if a person stops using meth once they're addicted to the drug are no fun either. Depending on the extent of use and level of meth addiction, withdrawal symptoms can vary in intensity and how long they may continue. There's no drug available yet that's effective in managing intense cravings recovering meth addict's experience that's why receiving professional help and treatment is so necessary.

Many meth addicts have successfully learned how to manage their daily recovery from meth addiction because they sought treatment and received individual help and support. Even though meth addiction can be difficult to overcome you can beat the intense hold meth has on your life and be in control of your future happiness.

References
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