Methamphetamine Addiction: (Crystal Meth Addiction)
Methamphetamine (meth, crystal meth) is one of the most addictive substances in the United States. Many people reported getting addicted to the substance in as little to one use. Meth causes a surge of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that induces pleasure. But, Meth doesn’t only heighten the dopamine levels…the drug will actually destroy the dopamine receptors. Meth releases more than three times the amount of dopamine that cocaine does, emphasizing how addictive this drug is. Those who use meth experience weakening returns, which makes it so they have to take more of the drug to get the same high that they experienced when they first started using.
Behavioral Side Effects from using Meth:
- Loss of Appetite
- Risky and Dangerous behaviors
- Legal Problems
- Difficulties Sleeping
- Mood Disturbances
- Visual and Auditory Hallucinations
These behavioral side effects of methamphetamine addiction don’t end there. There are also long-lasting physical symptoms caused by methamphetamine addiction. The more noticeable side effects of prolonged methamphetamine use include “Meth Mouth” or tooth decay, skin sores and infections from picking and unhealthy amount of weight loss. Those who frequently inject the drug may suffer from collapsed veins and can be at a higher risk for contracting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. Ingesting the substance through the nose can damage sinus cavities and nasal passages. Smoking meth may lead to respiratory damage and lung complications.
Physical Symptoms from using Meth:
- Excessive weight loss
- Damage to teeth and gums
- Shaking and nervousness
- Hair loss
- Damage to the skin, such as open sores and scarring
Methamphetamine addiction is devastating for the user and for those exposed to them. This drug is so highly addictive that it can make treatment seem impossible and hard to imagine, but Hira Health is there to help for those who suffer from Methamphetamine Addiction and their families.
At Hira Health, we recognize the pain one may go through when using Methamphetamine, so the first step to recover is with a comprehensive detox. Our medically supervised detox residential program will offer you the safety and comfort one needs for a lasting recovery.