Methamphetamine, often called Meth for short, is a stimulant which influences the central nervous system. It comes in the form of a white powder which is odorless and has a bitter taste. It can easily be dissolved in both alcohol and water. When ingested, meth enters the brain at a higher rate than other stimulants, which makes it extremely potent and so its effects on the central nervous system last longer.
Meth goes by many street names, including chalk and speed. It also influences chemicals within the brain, which can lead to impulse control problems as well as hyperactivity. While it has positive uses such as treating obesity and ADHD, continual use of this substance can lead to addiction.
Meth is a powerful stimulant that can be administered through injection, smoking, or consumed orally. It has a powerful effect on the brain and can induce a pleasurable feeling, as well as higher energy levels and an overall mood which is elevated. When taking meth, a user will be able to remain awake and perform continuous work. Like normal amphetamines, meth suppresses the user’s appetite. Because of these characteristics, meth is popular and its usage can easily become habit forming. Once you have a Meth addiction, it can be difficult to eliminate.
Warning Signs of Meth Addiction
Those who are addicted to methamphetamine may exhibit a number of warning signs. In most cases these warning signs will involve changes in their physical appearance such as:
- Constantly picking the skin
- Tooth decay and tooth loss
- Complaints about crawling skin
- Hair Loss
Side Effects of Meth Abuse
Those who use meth for a long period of time will experience a number of undesirable side effects. Some of these can include psychosis and hallucinations. Additional side effects include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Weight loss
- Easily agitated and aggressive
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Seizures and convulsions
- Death in severe cases
Treatment for meth addiction can involve behavioral therapies, contingency management, counseling and more. Contingency management is an incentive which is provided to the user in exchange for them to discontinue the use of this drug. Additionally, there are a number of medications which have been shown to be effective in meth addiction treatment such as Paxil and Mirtazapine. However, few medications can actually counteract the side effects that are caused by it.
When choosing a program for rehab, it is important to find one which can address your condition. The staff should focus on methamphetamine rehab, and the program should also have a high success rate. You will also have to factor in the cost, and whether or not your insurance plan will cover your treatment, if self-payment is an issue. A good rehab facility should also have aftercare programs to help you lead a healthy life after treatment.
During the withdrawal phase, the effects can be so intense that many users will resume using it in order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. If you sign up with a reliable addiction treatment center, the staff will be able to help you cope with the withdrawal symptoms so you will never feel driven to use meth again.
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