methMethamphetamine is a potent drug to such a degree that the pattern of its use could be compartmented into seven stages. These seven stages are as follows.

1. The first stage is known as the rush. The rush is what the user experiences for a duration of up to about thirty minutes when the meth immediately hits them. The user’s heartbeat starts racing in combination with a sped up metabolism, blood pressure and pulse.

2. The second stage, the high (sometimes referred to as the shoulder), can last anywhere between four to sixteen hours. The high it provides is greatly increased confidence, tons of energy, feeling alive, enhanced concentration and feeling aggressively smarter. The high could also make the user prone to arguing. Another effect the high has is it due to a combination of the enhanced concentration and tons of energy, the user will be able to get a lot done and stay up without need for sleep for hours to do so. However, because there are delusional effects with this drug, it is possible that the person will get obsessive about what task they are on and will hone in on that one particular task, compulsively repeating it for hours. You can see how between the many effects the high gives, that it could potentially lead to strange, sometimes violent, and psychotic behavior.

3. After the high wears off then the third stage, the “binge”, comes into play. The binge is when the abuser’s use becomes uncontrolled for a certain period of time. Basically, the binge is anywhere from three to fifteen days where the person involved is continuously using the drug in a desperate effort to maintain the high. During this stage, they become hyperactive physically as well as mentally. The binge leads to an eventual condition of a non high state.

4. Tweaking, the fourth stage, is a plight of what happens after the abuser’s binge reaches its dreadful end. This is when the drug no longer provides a rush or high and the user is unable to curb the cravings or relieve the low. During this time period the user experiences intense itching and it has been reported that they become convinced bugs are crawling under their skin. The user loses sleep and is thrown into a completely psychotic mental state where they experience vivid hallucinations and are pretty much driven out of reality. This has lead the person tweaking to hostile and dangerous behavior.

5. The crash is the fifth state, which lasts from one to three days. This is when the body shuts down as a response to being overwhelmed by the drug’s harmful effects, and results in a long period of sleep.

6. The sixth state, the meth hangover, is when the abuser is returned to a deteriorated condition where they are starved and extremely exhausted (both mentally and physically). This could last anywhere from two to fourteen days, and generally is the stage that leads back to addiction.

7. Withdrawal is the seventh and final stage. During withdrawal the abuser becomes very depressed, usually suicidal, and loses energy. The abuser also experiences intense cravings during this stage and becomes sick, weakened, achy and experiences headaches. This particular stage is an ugly and painful process. One to three months can pass after the last time they used the drug before the person realizes they are in withdrawal.