Meth is a versatile drug – it can be smoked, swallowed, snorted or injected. Some people also choose to insert the drug into the rectum. The onset of effects and the length of time they last varies with each method.

The way the drug is used differs with the type of meth on hand and the effect the user is looking for. There’s a powder form and a crystal form called “ice.” Ice is usually smoked or dissolved in water and injected. Injecting or smoking the drug acts far more quickly and causes more of a rush of sensation. This rush lasts only a few minutes and is followed by longer but less dramatic effects.

shutterstock_316306706Swallowing meth causes a slow and gradual onset of effects that last longer.

Snorting the drug requires that it be crushed into a fine powder. Onset of effects is quick – three minutes or so.

Smoking is an almost instant onset.

Injecting the drug results in effects kicking in quickly – less than a minute.

Effects of Methamphetamine

No matter how it’s used, methamphetamine brings about feelings of confidence, aggressiveness and euphoria. Heartbeat and breathing speed up and the user feels very alert. It’s an intensely strong stimulant and so creates high levels of energy on a bypass of the body’s own mechanisms for generating energy. The user loses his (or her) appetite while using this drug, so when meth is used on a days-long binge, he may not eat for the whole period of bingeing. He will also not feel tired or sleep. The body becomes so exhausted and depleted that it will eventually crash.

The meth user who’s been on a binge will usually sleep around the clock while recovering. If he does not use more meth, it can take weeks for him to start to feel normal physically again because of the way meth affects the normal functioning of the brain.

Very High Addictiveness

With drugs like alcohol and marijuana, it can take weeks, months or even years to fully become addicted. Some people who have been addicted to meth have said that the very first time they used the drug, they were addicted to it. One of the reasons for this may be the mental crash that occurs after the drug wears off. A person may feel so low that getting more of the drug and getting high again is irresistible.

One of the most intense symptoms of meth withdrawal is the intense cravings for more of the drug. The meth user in recovery is normally suffering from severe nutritional deficiencies because he has not cared for himself or eaten properly. The nutritional support at Narconon Arrowhead goes a long way toward helping the meth user rebuild normal physical and mental functioning.

Every recovering meth user at Narconon Arrowhead goes through the New Life Detoxification Program. Once meth is in the body, it is attracted to fat deposits where it may remain for years. The New Life Detoxification Program offers a unique, healthy way to flush out old drug toxins using exercise, nutrition and sauna. For a meth user, this can be the beginning of a bright new outlook on life and clearer thinking. Call today to learn more about this innovative method of recovering lasting sobriety after methamphetamine addiction.