READ TIME:
Tired and stressed man sitting by the table

Abuse of Methamphetamines

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that is most commonly abused in the form of crystal methamphetamine, often known merely as crystal meth. Crystal meth has the appearance of tiny bluish-white glass shards, and it can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Methamphetamine is related to the drug amphetamine, which is commonly prescribed by physicians to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Methamphetamine, which is more powerful and longer lasting, has more toxic effects than amphetamine and has far more limited legal uses. While it is recognized as a Schedule II drug in the United States, meaning it can be prescribed in certain rare situations, meth is primarily a drug of abuse.

Meth, which works by stimulating the central nervous system, is extremely physically addictive. Each time meth is used, the brain is flooded with dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for rewarding and reinforcing behavior. Hence, with every use of meth the activity of consuming meth becomes more ingrained in the user’s behavior pattern. This was discovered during World War II. During the war, soldiers took methamphetamine for its stimulating and performance enhancing effects.

However, when many soldiers returned from the war, they remained meth addicts for many years, some for the rest of their lives. Addiction to meth can have fatal consequences. The potent substance can inflict extreme physical and psychological harm in a very short period of time.

Signs of Meth Abuse

It is important to recognize the warning signs and red flags for meth addiction. Signs of physical abuse vary widely, depending on how long and how intensely the user has been abusing the drug. One of the primary effects of taking meth is an increase in body temperature and overall energy. As a result, one might notice hyperactivity in someone who is abusing meth. Meth also curbs appetite, so one might notice extreme and sudden weight loss.

The substance can also cause users to experience distracting itchiness, which can result in skin sores over time. The hyperactivity and stimulation that meth causes can also manifest as emotional distress, such as paranoia, agitation, outbursts, extreme mood swings, and erratic sleeping patterns.

Some of the red flags of meth abuse can be quite visually obvious. Someone who regularly smokes meth often has small burns on the tips of their fingers. The manic energy that the drug gives them can also cause addicts to fidget and have rapid eye movement.

At first, it might be easy for an addict to hide their problems and avoid detection. However, over the long term, meth inflicts damage that is very difficult to evade. This is partly because meth addicts develop a tolerance to the drug, causing them to consume it in far higher quantities as time passes.

Smoking meth causes extreme tooth decay, often known simply as “meth mouth.” More serious health problems also become exponentially more likely. The most common health problems are respiratory issues, heart problems, skin infection, seizures, malnutrition, and general organ failure. Methamphetamine use can also cause psychosis in users who have abused it long enough.

These psychotic symptoms can include paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions.

Some of the psychological and neurological problems associated with methamphetamine abuse can in fact continue long after the addict has quit using the drug. Psychotic symptoms can remain latent and be triggered for sober recovering addicts during periods of extreme stress.

Neuroimaging studies have shown that meth addicts have permanently damaged dopamine systems. This means even after getting sober, former meth addicts may have difficulty with motor skills, verbal abilities, learning, and memory.

Aside from the direct effects the drug has, methamphetamine abuse can lead to a lifestyle with its own inherent risks. Studies have found that the use of methamphetamine increases the risk of engaging in risky behaviors and suffering from patterns of emotional abuse and sexual abuse. This can lead to conditions such as HIV / AIDS and hepatitis B and C. Since addicts prioritize getting the drug rather than treating other health problems, these disorders might be left untreated.

Meth Abuse and Addiction Treatment

If you suspect that you have a problem with methamphetamine, it is often a good idea to seek the help of your social support system so that you do not have to face the problem alone. Speaking to family members can often be a good initial step. Meth addiction is one of the hardest drug addictions to treat, so it is a good idea to get these loved ones involved. Ultimately, however, addicts need a professional addiction counselor or a treatment program.

The most effective treatments are behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy. These treatments are very often available at residential treatment programs. Such programs offer the additional benefit of putting recovering addicts in touch with each other and helping them develop a sober community.

Leave a Comment

Check Out More Posts or View All

Join Our Sober Living Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter for news, events, and the best sober living tips.

Sober Living in Los Angeles - Design for Recovery

About Us

Design for Recovery empowers men struggling with addiction by providing 24/7 support, mentorship, and teaches them how to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

Chat with us on Facebook

Recent Posts

955 Posts
3.5K Followers

Sober Living Homes in Los Angeles for Men

Design For Recovery - Sober living homes for men in Los Angeles, CA. Contact us today. We want to know your story and welcome you home.

Getting sober is realizing how much stronger you are mentally AND physically. No more FML mornings, now it's replaced with knowing your purpose and living it every. single. day. Wake up with energy to take on challenges with renewed clarity, focus, determination, and superhuman strength. Living my truth like nothing else matters? Hands down, I'll take that over a hangover any day.

Get in with our sober community of guys supporting each others' hustle and keeping each other accountable. Check out one of our sober living homes for men in Los Angeles. (Link in bio)
What's better than having a grill master in the house? Having 10 of them! Any night of the week you may catch us grillin' and chillin'. We might qualify as the world's worst vegans, but we're a house full of guys! What do you expect? Get your grill on with us at one of our BBQ cookouts at Design for Recovery sober living homes for men in Los Angeles, CA. (Link in bio)
Learning to make on omelette is hard. Learning to make an omelette with all your closest friends is... still hard, but with a lot more laughs! Come break a few eggs with us at Design for Recovery sober living homes for men - where we regularly enjoy cooking meals together. (Impromptu dance battles not required but encouraged) Get in touch with us today! (Link in bio)
While living in a sober home, we continue to grow and learn - each day becoming a little better versions of ourselves than we were yesterday. The men living here become like brothers and many go on to become lifelong friends who continue to support each other for years to come. Experience this exceptional bond at Design for Recovery sober living homes for men in Los Angeles, CA. Check us out! (link in bio)
When it comes to staying sober, why go it alone? We've got a great community of guys here at our sober living homes in Los Angeles. We've got your back - day and night. Definitely worth checking us out! (Link in bio)
Never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. Reach out to someone that might need a lift. 

👉 Reach out to us today to learn more about our sober livings or schedule a tour at : 
🌐 https://designforrecovery.com/.
📞 +14243274614
.
.
.
#designforrecovery #community #supporting #groupsupport #helping #soberlife #sober #soberhomes #change #sobriety #recovery #soberliving #soberaf #addiction #alcoholfree #sobermovement #recoveryispossible #wedorecover #addictionrecovery #alcoholicsanonymous #onedayatatime #soberlifestyle #sobrietyrocks #sobercurious #sobernation #mentalhealth #cleanandsober #alcoholfreelife
Recovery takes time to heal the heart, strengthen your confidence and find trust in yourself. At the end of your life it will be what you make of it and you get to write the chapters. 

👉 Reach out to us today to learn more about our sober livings or schedule a tour at : 
🌐 https://designforrecovery.com/.
📞 +14243274614
.
.
.
#designforrecovery #community #supporting #groupsupport #helping #soberlife #sober #soberhomes #change #sobriety #recovery #soberliving #soberaf #addiction #alcoholfree #sobermovement #recoveryispossible #wedorecover #addictionrecovery #alcoholicsanonymous #onedayatatime #soberlifestyle #sobrietyrocks #sobercurious #sobernation #mentalhealth #cleanandsober #alcoholfreelife

Reach out to us today.

Design For Recovery is committed to helping you or your loved one live a fulfilling life free from alcohol and drug addiction. Below you can find out what to expect when you contact us for help.

Call us at (424) 327-4614 or fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you soon.

Send us a message below and we will reach out to you.