Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a powerful stimulant with high risk of addiction. Stimulants are used to create feelings of euphoria, increase energy levels and enhance mental focus. The drug may come in white powder form or in the form of glass fragments, known as crystal meth. It is typically smoked, taken orally, injected or snorted. Meth is a dangerous drug with severe and even deadly effects that can hook users and ruin lives even from the first use.

Short-Term Effects of Meth

Meth provides an intense “high” that fades very quickly, prompting the user to want more of the drug to maintain the effects. Short-term effects of meth include:

  • Increased body temperature and heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Decreased appetite
  • Feeling awake and difficulty sleeping
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Aggressive and sometimes violent behavior

Long-Term Effects of Meth

When meth use is continued, the long-term effects can be devastating and even deadly:

  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Respiratory problems and lung damage is drug is smoked
  • Weight loss and possible malnutrition
  • Anxiety, confusion and psychosis
  • Feeling of bugs crawling underneath the skin
  • Skin sores and scarring caused by perpetual scratching of the skin
  • Serious dental issues (also known as “meth mouth”)
  • Damage to liver and kidneys

Addiction Signs

Meth is a highly addictive substance that hooks some even after the first use of the drug. This means users can develop a tolerance to the drug, so that larger doses are required to achieve the same high. Meth addicts also cannot stop taking the drug on their own, even if it is causing significant problems in personal and professional relationships or to their personal health. Signs of a meth addiction might include:

  • Long periods of time without sleep
  • Loss of appetite and significant weight loss
  • Unusually high activity levels
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • More time spent getting, using and recovering from the drug
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and activities
  • Inability to stop using the drug; withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped

Treatment for Meth Addiction

A meth addiction is a serious problem that can become deadly if it is not treated properly. At West Coast Recovery Centers, we have the resources and treatment options you need to overcome your meth addiction. With holistic healing at the core of our treatment programs, we can help you work through your addiction and achieve a healthy, sober life. Contact our staff at West Coast Recovery Centers today at 442-333-6199.

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