Unlike cocaine, its effects last a long time and the drug is less expensive. Meth is toxic to nerve terminals that relay neurotransmitters throughout the nervous system, flooding the brain with chemicals, primarily dopamine. It is either a brown or white powder that tastes bitter and has no odor. It can be taken orally, intravenously, or by snorting it through your nostrils. In crystal form, users heat it in a spoon or a pipe and then inhale the fumes.Casually, the drug may be referred to as “speed”, “ice”, “chalk”, “crystal” “Tina”, “white crunch” and “glass.”
It’s hard to define a difference between the signs of meth use and meth addiction symptoms because many experts believe that you become an addict the first time you use the drug due to its potency and effects on the body.Read more about Methamphetamine and Meth addiction treatment
Initial Signs and Symptoms
Meth enhances alertness, producing among other symptoms, rapid heart rate, heart palpitations, decreased appetite, sleeplessness, and increased blood pressure. It can also increase body temperatures up to 108 degrees, which can lead to instant death or long-term neurological impairment.
Frequent use may cause changes in mood, anxiousness, confusion, sleeplessness, hunger and extreme weight loss, suicidal thoughts, dental problems, and make people aggressive or violent. It may also cause the more recognizable symptoms of meth addiction such as obvious sores.
Long-term users run the risk of developing even more serious symptoms such as visual and auditory hallucinations, paranoia, and psychotic delusions, frequently in the form of insects crawling beneath the skin. When injecting, users heighten their risk of contracting deadly diseases like hepatitis B and C and HIV/AIDS.
Unlike other drugs, it is difficult for the user to hide their meth addiction symptoms. It is vital that friends and family become aware of these signs and confront a friend or family member if you think they might be using meth, even if you detect only a few signs. Meth is not only one of the most addictive substances, it is also one of the most destructive, and symptoms of meth addiction can’t be ignored.
If you believe that someone you know is using crystal meth, it is absolutely vital that you try to help them get into a treatment program for their meth addiction. Due to its strong and possibly permanent effects on the body and the often harsh chemicals used to create meth in labs, this drug is especially destructive and can quickly leave people as shells of their former selves.
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