Facts About Meth

What is Meth?

Meth is a very popular and highly addictive street drug. Meth is a stimulant or upper that increases wakefulness and heart rate as well as blood pressure in the body. Meth can be made with many over the counter drugs that contain ephedrine. Making meth is very dangerous but to the many addicted can become simple because of the household items used to create the drug.

Meth Statistics:

• About 10.4 Million people at the age of 12 or older have used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime. (Office of the National Drug Control Policy)
• The American Psychiatric Association reports that stimulants have caused over 15,000 deaths annually within the US.
• The number of emergency room admissions increased to over 150,000 in 2004, which is about 8% of all drug-related admissions as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
•Only 5 states reported high rates of treatment admissions for meth problems in 1992, but by 2002 this number increased to 21, more than one third of the States.

The Meth High

According to some meth users, the first time you use meth it is such an intense rush and the most euphoric feeling that you want to stay there for as long as you can. Meth users often use the term “chasing the dragon.” This saying refers to always trying to obtain the same high they felt the very first time they ever tried meth. However, because of the way meth works within your system you will never be able to reach that feeling of euphoria again.  As the body builds up a tolerance to meth the user finds themselves using more and more and more as time goes by trying to reach the same high as the very first time. This is usually done to no avail.

Lifestyle Effects of Meth

The life style that comes with the use of meth is usually a life that continues to decline because of the addiction. Most people, after a period of time of using meth, start to act paranoid can become psychotic. They start to do things and act ways that would seem abnormal or unusual. Here are some things that usually happen when a person is on meth:

•    Stealing from friends and family.
•    Coming in contact with different diseases.
•    Losing a stable place of employment.
•    Ruining relationships.
•    Getting into trouble with the law.
•    Making decisions that harm themselves and others.
•    Spend all their money on their drugs.
•    Do things that they normally wouldn’t to get drugs.

Short-Term Effects

When methamphetamine is smoked or injected it immediately produces an intensely pleasurable sensation known as a “rush” or a “flash” by releasing high levels of dopamine in the brain. Snorting methamphetamine produces a euphoric sensation, but not a rush. Even taken in small amounts meth use will cause increased your how awake you, your energy level will skyrocket, and your appetite will decrease. Meth will also increase respiration levels; can cause hyperthermia, increase heart rate and blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat. The drug can also cause cardiovascular collapse.

Long-Term use of Meth

Long-term methamphetamine use can lead to addiction, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, and violent behavior. The longer the person uses it can also lead up to psychotic symptoms like paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions (such as the sensation of bugs crawling under the user’s skin) can occur. The psychotic symptoms of meth use can last for many months or even years after methamphetamine use have stopped.

How Meth Effects Your Body

Meth is very hard on the body mentally and physically. Meth use can cause the destruction of your body’s tissues and blood vessels, stopping the body’s ability to repair and fix itself if injured. Acne will start to appear and the sores will take longer to heal. The user’s skin will lose its luster and elasticity, making the user to appear years, or even decades older. Meth users have a poor diet which causes weight loss. Meth will also cause the user to grind their teeth which causes poor oral hygiene and results in tooth decay and loss.

Meth Addiction Treatment

There are many methods of meth addiction treatment. The most effective way to treat meth addiction is detox followed by an inpatient treatment program. In the detoxification stage of meth addiction treatment a person is supervised and monitored by trained medical personnel. Part of the detoxification should include a physical component where the individual can reduce physical cravings for the drug. Next, the treatment must address the psychological and physical effects of meth addiction to make sure the user will be able to live and handle life without the drug. These steps are the key to a sober and drug free life.

For information on how to help someone overcome addiction call Narconon today at 800-468-6933.