methCrystal meth is a potent, powerful, all-consuming (not to mention synthetic) narcotic which seems to be attached to a vaguely dirty yet sort of amusing reputation, especially since shows like Breaking Bad have aired. Whether or not crystal meth is being perceived as glamorous, dirty, treacherous as hell, or even fun in current popular culture, I’m sure that its appearance in movies, music and hit television series doesn’t do the truth justice. And although crystal meth is just one form of methamphetamine doesn’t make it any less dangerous or addictive necessarily.

Crystal meth is ordinarily used at nightclubs or raves. Sometimes it’s used by women for the intended purpose of weight loss, similar to cocaine in that sense. However, once use is stopped most of the weight will end up being put back on. Normally it is a lot more pure than powdered meth with a high that lasts a bit longer. Depending on how it is taken, the euphoria effect of the drug can last up to twelve hours. The high also induces a rush where you feel invincible as well as increases libido. These are just a few things that attract a growing interest in especially young adults to the drug. However, the negative effects that come with crystal meth can be extremely life ruining and it happens to be one of the top difficult addictions to treat.

For starters, let’s look at the truth versus how it’s portrayed in regards to what this drug does to the body and incidentally the mind. The brain in particular ends up losing a lot of extra dopamine needed in order to function properly, which causes all sorts of negative mental effects and can even put a dent on the person mental health. Some of the long-term effects of crystal meth are permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, malnutrition, severe tooth decay, disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion, psychosis, depression, epilepsy, stroke as well as liver, kidney and lung damage. Some short-term effects are loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, disturbed sleep patterns, nausea, hallucinations, irritability, panic, psychosis, convulsions, seizures, and aggressive/violent behavior. The hangover has been reported as being a deteriorated state of total exhaustion where the person is starved and entirely wiped out. This condition could last up to two weeks.

There are such a myriad of issues and dangerous situations which can result from the effects mentioned above. Coming off the stuff is no less pretty a picture. With a withdrawal process that seems to be just as painful as the high gets credit for being intense, it’s no wonder so many addicts find themselves down the typically reported road of addiction to crystal meth. During withdrawal the abuser experiences the burden of severe depression, usually accompanied by suicidal thoughts. They seem to have a loss of all their energy and get intense cravings for the drug, as well as becoming sick (weakened, very achy and headaches). It’s not unusual for one to three months to go by after the last time the user took crystal meth before they realize they’re in withdrawal.