Methamphetamine – a highly addictive drug is also known as meth. It is manufactured by mixing several amphetamines with other chemicals and targets our body’s central nervous system. This drug is available in the form of white coloured crystalline powder which is odorless and tastes bitter. It can be easily dissolved in liquids and is consumed by smoking, injecting or snorting.
The most expensive and the purest form of meth is it’s crystal form. Both regular meth and crystal meth affect the central nervous system but crystal meth is more addictive as it is purer. The effect of meth lasts for up to 24 hours.
Effects On Brain
Meth, after reaching the brain, releases a hormone called dopamine. It is the neurotransmitter which controls the feeling of joy in our body. People often become more talkative than usual and feel energetic after taking meth. Apart from this feeling of euphoria, meth also leaves a life – long damage in your body.
The effect of meth lasts for about 4 to 12 hours depending on the amount consumed. The drug leaves some short – term effect in our body such as:
- Increased energy
- Loss of appetite
- Fluctuating heartbeat
- Increased breathing
Prolonged exposure to meth leads to long – term disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Here are some other long – term effects of meth:
- Extreme weight loss
- Dental problems (meth mouth)
- Itching and other skin problems
- Memory loss
- Violent behavior
- Lungs, liver and kidney damage
- High blood pressure
Extended use of meth can also lead to coma and death.
Users suffering from meth use disorder undergo some withdrawal symptoms after quitting it. Some of the withdrawal symptoms that they experience are:
- Intense cravings
These symptoms could become too difficult to handle, therefore it is advised to detox under professional supervision.
Meth overdose can lead to severe health hazards. If you find anyone overdosing from meth, immediately seek medical help. Here are some signs of meth overdose:
- Chest pain
- Disturbed mental state
- Fluctuated blood pressure
- Irregular heart rate
- Stomach aches
- Trouble breathing
If you find anyone overdosing from meth, quickly call 911 or the National Poison Control Center. Take care of the patient until help arrives.
Second Hand Meth Smoke
Second hand smoke or passive smoking to meth can be equally dangerous and usually takes place in meth labs while it’s production. Meth production can intoxicate anyone in its vicinity and people exposed to it can test positive for meth.
Meth Addiction Treatment
Though there is no particular medicine available for meth addiction, there are treatments present at rehab centers which helps to get rid of the addiction. Skyward Treatment in Houston provides all the necessary treatment and therapies to leave the addiction. Call us now to get an appointment.