Meth addiction is a common problem in America and throughout the world. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted in 2017, 1.6 million people used methamphetamine in the last year. Around 774,000 used it in the past month.1
Meth can be taken in a variety of ways. It can be snorted swallowed and smoked. Many people prefer smoking it because it immediately sends pleasant sensations to the brain, and it is not as addictive as other methods. Make no mistake, though; smoking meth is extremely dangerous.
This article will explore the dangers of meth addiction and what you can do if you get hooked.
Methamphetamine most commonly comes in a crystalline white powder form. It is odorless and has a bitter taste.
Meth may also be brown, orange, yellow, gray, or even pink. It can also come in pill form.
Crystal meth varies in appearance from regular meth. It comes in the form of clear chunky crystals, and it is usually smoked.
Other than its appearance, crystal meth also differs from other forms of methamphetamine in that it is stronger and more addictive. Its effects also last longer. Whereas most meth highs last six to twelve hours, crystal meth highs can last up to twenty-four hours.
Because crystal meth is stronger and more addictive, it is more likely to cause a meth overdose.
Meth is an addictive substance. Here are the ways the drug can draw you in.
Snorting meth involves snorting the powder up your nose. It provides the least intense results of all the ways you can use the drug. Many people prefer this method because it reduces the chances of meth overdose and addiction. Even though snorting meth is not as dangerous as other methods, it is still extremely harmful. It can cause damage to the nose and other parts of the body.
When meth is injected, it produces a quick and intense rush that lasts for up to eight hours. It is extremely dangerous. In addition to increasing the risk of health conditions and meth addiction, it can also cause vein damage and lead to the spread of HIV.
Meth is usually smoked in crystal form through a glass pipe. It produces a rise in serotonin and dopamine, making for a euphoric sensation that may last up to twelve hours. In addition to causing dangers to the body and increasing the likelihood of addiction, the chemicals in meth can also rot one’s teeth.
If you suspect a loved one is doing meth, it will not take long before symptoms become apparent. Here are some signs of meth use to look out for.
Meth mouth or meth teeth are caused by a variety of meth side effects. When people smoke meth, the chemicals damage their teeth. People that are high on meth also often grind their teeth, further wearing down on enamel.
When you are on drugs, you tend to neglect dental hygiene, thereby failing to floss or brush as recommended. Meth also increases protective saliva in a mouth leading to xerostomia3 or dry mouth that increases decay. As such, many individuals who use meth have cavities and missing teeth.
Meth sores are open wounds that can appear on any part of the body, but they are commonly found on the mouth, chest, arms, and hands. They have an inflamed and scabby look. They are caused by burns from meth paraphernalia, continuous skin picking that happens when high on meth, and a lack of personal hygiene.
Meth is an odorless substance, so it is difficult to detect the drug through the sense of smell.
Meth causes both long-term and short-term effects. Here are some meth side effects to look out for.
Short–term meth side effects include:
Here are some long-term meth side effects:
It is common for people to experience meth withdrawal symptoms after they quit. These include the following:
Smoking meth leads to meth addiction which can harm relationships, cause financial and legal issues, result in people losing their jobs, and more. Fortunately, there are ways to break the cycle.
While there are many treatments available for addiction, inpatient rehab may be the most effective. Inpatient rehab typically starts with detox. Clients will deal with withdrawal symptoms, but a medical professional will provide medication to ease symptoms while ensuring they are as comfortable as possible.
Medical professionals will be there to supervise the client throughout the process to reduce the likelihood of relapse. The next step is therapy. A person goes through an assessment to determine what therapies will be most effective. Treatment plans may vary, but essentially, therapists will aim to find the underlying cause of addiction so it can be addressed at its root. Then they suggest healthy coping mechanisms that replace the urge to use.
The final step of rehab is outpatient care. During this period, clients gradually adjust to sober living while participating in ongoing therapy to help them maintain sobriety.
Blueprints for Recovery is an inpatient rehab that checks off all the boxes when it comes to providing rehab treatment, but they go above and beyond offering a specialized three-phase approach.
After going through detox, clients will participate in the following stages of treatment:
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