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Breaking Down the Effects of Methamphetamine
“Breaking Down the Effects of Methamphetamine”
When you ask someone to describe methamphetamine, you are likely to come across the terms “illegal,” “addictive,” and “dangerous”. At least there’s a cohesive theme going on in here. These words encapsulate the effects of meth.
But in order to understand why this drug should be avoided at all costs, we must take a look at what its specific effects are. What does it do to a person? How does it affect someone’s life?
Why is it illegal? Why is it addictive? And what makes it so dangerous? Today we will be talking about this potent drug, and some of its most lethal effects.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a strong stimulant for the central nervous system. It is in the same class as cocaine and many other illegal drugs. It goes by various street names such as chalk, crank, meth, and speed. Meanwhile, crystal meth is just one form of the drug.
This substance is associated with recreational use, often taken as a “club drug”. For this, it is popular in night clubs, rave parties, house parties, and music festivals.
This drug is dangerous because it burns up the body’s resources, develops dependence, and systemically damages the organs. At first it works as a stimulant, providing euphoric effects. But then it is followed by dangerous side effects such as memory loss, aggression, and potential brain damage.
Users are likely to go through behavioral changes, as the drug affects both mind and body. Some users even display psychotic behavior as a result of taking high doses of this drug.
Once a person gets addicted, it can be hard to get away from its grasp. It is one of the hardest drug addictions to treat, and its effects are consistently uncomfortable to deal with.
The Degrees of Meth Abuse
Not all meth abusers are the same. There are varying degrees to meth abuse, ranging from low to high intensity.
Low-intensity meth abuse is pretty self-explanatory. Abusers take lower doses. They often swallow or snort the drug, and the reason for abuse is similar to why people drink coffee. They want to stay awake and alert to accomplish something. They want to lose weight and suppress their appetite.
Many addicted individuals started off with low-intensity meth abuse.
When a person begins binging the drug, that’s when you know there’s no turning back—without medical assistance that is. Binge users take too much too soon, and put themselves at risk of a fatal overdose. They love the high that meth gives them, so they try to get a more intense experience. Binge users often inject the drug directly into their bloodstream. This gives them the rush that they want, but it also makes them susceptible to infections and blood-borne diseases.
When a person reaches high-intensity meth abuse, it is often because they have become dependent on the drug. They cannot function properly without the drug’s presence. They want to prevent the “crash” (the painful effect after a high) so they take more and more of it.
This quickly plunges them into addiction.
Effects of Meth Abuse
The reason people get hooked on meth is because it brings a false sense of happiness and energy. Before you know it, you can’t stop taking the drug. In fact, many users reported to craving the drug after trying it for the first time.
Common short term effects include weight loss, hyperactivity, nausea, irritability, and aggressiveness. In some cases, users experience insomnia, hallucinations, anxiety, confusion, paranoia, and even convulsions that may lead to death.
Continued abuse of meth can cause irreversible harm. It can damage a person’s blood vessels in the brain. This may lead to stroke, damaged organs, and death.
Because of sudden behavioral changes, users can get into an accident, or encounter problems with the law.
Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs that a person can abuse, because it does so much harm to a person’s mind and body. It also causes dependence, addiction, and overdose. Beyond that, it breaks relationships apart, leaving a person with no support system to turn to.
Remember that these effects will vary from person to person. There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to drug abuse and adverse effects. The intensity of these effects will depend on the dosage taken, frequency of abuse, and a person’s health condition, among many other things.
Meth Addiction Treatment
Fortunately, there’s still a glimmer of hope. Recovering from meth addiction will be very difficult—but it is possible.
Treatment may take on multiple forms, depending on the patient’s situation. But a good detox facility will be able to come up with the best treatment plan upon a patient’s medical assessment.
Detoxification is one method that is commonly used, during which the patient progressively takes lower and lower doses of meth, until they can go without it completely. This may take a while, because withdrawal symptoms still have to be managed. Relapse is possible, and is a very common occurrence. It is important not to lose hope.
Quitting the drug abruptly may prove fatal for long term abusers. This is why medical assistance and supervision is necessary during this detox treatment.
Also, the patient will undergo behavioral therapy. They will be provided with a safe and comfortable environment, where they can focus on getting better.
Getting sober may be a challenge, but the real challenge is staying sober after the program is over. It’s going to be a long journey, but it’s one worth taking. Seek treatment for the addicted individual today!