Frequently Asked Questions about Methamphetamine Addiction
FAQ about methamphetamine
WHAT IS METH?
Meth is short for Methamphetamine. It is derived from amphetamine, a drug used to to lift the mood and suppress appetite. Crystal meth is just one form of the drug, so called because it has a crystalline appearance.
WHAT ARE SOME STREET NAMES FOR METHAMPHETAMINE?
Meth, crank, chalk, speed, ice, glass
WHAT DOES METH LOOK LIKE?
A white, odorless, bitter, crystalline powder
HOW IS METH TAKEN?
Orally, smoked, snorted, or injected.
HOW IS METH MADE?
It is produced in high-tech labs or small, home labs using ingredients such as battery acid, fertilizer and antifreeze.
WHAT DOES METH DO?
Meth moves into the brain, producing a brief, powerful euphoria called a “rush”. After the rush comes a “high” that can last several hours.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE METH WEARS OFF?
The user will feel lethargic, irritable, depressed and suffer from intense cravings. In an effort to return to and keep the euphoric sensation, he will often ingest the drug over and over, not sleeping or eating for many days, experiencing smaller and smaller rushes until finally he experiences no rush and no high at all.
WHAT DOES METH DO TO THE BODY?
Like any drug, meth is essentially a poison that works by disrupting or destroying the body’s normal biochemical processes. Effects include:
- Increased/irregular heartbeat and blood pressure
- damaged blood vessels in the brain
- cardiovascular collapse
- severe tooth decay
- severe weight loss
- liver, kidney, lung and brain damage.
Long-term use can result in damage that is irreversible.
WHAT MENTAL EFFECTS DOES METH HAVE?
- bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behaviour
- depression, irritability panic, paranoia and psychosis
- disorientation, apathy, confusion, exhaustion,
- strong psychological dependence.
IS METH ADDICTIVE?
Methamphetamine is a very addictive drug that can has been known to cause dependency after a single hit.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT SOMEONE IS USING METH?
- sleep problems
- extreme weight loss
- dramatic mood swings, paranoia, panic, nervousness, irritability, aggressive and violent behaviour
- open sores from picking at the skin
- tooth decay
- unpleasant body odor similar to glue or mayonnaise
You may discover small bags of white powder or crystals, syringes, crumpled aluminum foil, soda cans with a single hole in the side or the shafts of ballpoint pens.
CAN ANYTHING BE DONE ABOUT METH ADDICTION?
Yes. Many people have been helped to overcome meth addiction. The sooner their addiction is detected and dealt with the better their chances of recovery.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT SOMEONE IS USING METH?
Don’t delay. The sooner you take action, the better their chances of a successful recovery.
WHERE CAN I GET HELP OR ADVICE?
The Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab program has the steps needed for the addicted to make their way back to lasting recovery from addiction to methamphetamine. From thorough detoxification to re-learning life skills that were lost during addiction, the Narconon Arrowhead program has helped tens of thousands find sobriety.
Narconon Arrowhead stands ready to help with advice and guidance for a person who wishes to leave addiction behind. If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction to this dangerous drug, don’t wait — call Narconon now and get them the help they need to recover a productive, sober life.