Methamphetamine goes by many different names including meth, crystal, crank, speed, ice, glass and more. This powerful stimulant drug is known for its prolonged results it has on the brain as well as the central nervous system, which are far greater than effects caused by amphetamines and cocaine. Because meth is a synthetic or man-made drug, it is not only illegal, but can also have very dangerous results. A variety of harmful chemicals are mixed together to create meth that can then be sold in powder form, as chunks and as pills. If you or a loved one is suffering from an meth addiction, it’s important to get help immediately. Knowing all of the facts and myths that surround the drug can help you in making a well-informed decision regarding your health and future. If you feel you or your loved one needs to be placed in a rehabilitation treatment center for meth addiction, please call 1-877-929-6887 or fill out a patient placement form and The Way Out Recovery will aid in placement.
Meth Addiction Myths Busted
Meth addicts typically come up with a wide range of excuses for why they take the drug and how it helps them get through the day. These are simply all myths, as meth does absolutely nothing in improving your health, stamina, energy or sexual drive. Some of the most common myths about meth include the following:
Myth – “Crystal meth gives me extra energy and stamina when I need it.”
Truth – Meth only provides users with the illusion of extra stamina. In fact, there is no ingredient within this drug that supplements the users normal energy. There is no nutrition within meth and actually curbs the users appetite to the point where they are starving themselves. This means that rather than providing you with extra energy, it is actually draining all of the energy that you have, leaving you exhausted and in a “crash” period after the drug has worn off.
Myth – “Meth makes me feel good when I’m on it.”
Truth – Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical that is found within the brain. Meth artificially charges the brain with this chemical that may make you feel good for a period of time, as the brain converts dopamine into pleasurable feelings. However, when the meth wears off, the natural levels of dopamine within the brain may burn out, causing them to be insufficient. This results in depression when the user is not tweaking. With long-term use, these receptors will become less sensitive, causing the user to become more dependent on the drug.
Signs of Meth Addiction and Use
With so many different synthetic drugs on the market, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what someone is currently taking or suffering from. By knowing the effects that methamphetamine can have on individuals, it can assist you in providing your loved ones with the help that they need.
Some signs of meth addiction include the following:
- Extremely sensitive to any type of noise
- The inability to sleep during the night or day
- Nervous activities such as scratching and biting nails
- Easily irritated, dizzy or confused in all situations
- Experiencing tremors and possible convulsions
- Increase in blood pressure
- Refusal to eat
- Inhaling paraphernalia found in presence including mirrors, straws and razor blades
- Injecting paraphernalia found in presence including surgical tubing, syringes and spoons
The Risks of Meth Use
It is common for addicts to be in denial regarding their meth use and the different risks that are associated with this drug. There are many different myths out there about risks associated with meth that are simply not true. However, this is a very dangerous drug that can cause severe “crashing” effects after the drug has worn off and can cause irreversible damage to the blood vessels within the brain. Users are also at risk of contracting AIDS or HIV from shared needles when injecting the drug. Meth addiction can also result in death. An overdose can easily cause hearth failure. Other long-term effects caused by this drug include damage to the liver, kidneys and lungs.