What is meth addiction?
Meth, or methamphetamine, addiction is one of the most dangerous addictions to exist. It’s also an addiction that’s easy to form.
Methamphetamine, also called crystal meth, is a type of stimulant that affects the brain and nervous system. When used, it quickly provides a long-lasting (yet dangerous) high, which is why many people use it as a drug. It can be swallowed, smoked, or injected into a vein.
Meth causes a release of dopamine, a chemical that makes you feel good, confident, and energetic. After repeatedly taking meth, users want to feel that sensation again and again. Eventually, the body builds up a tolerance and then requires more meth to get high. This is the process that leads to addiction.
Once addiction forms, it can be hard to break. Usually, meth addiction requires intensive drug treatment, and possibly, inpatient rehab.
Signs of addiction to meth
Crystal meth will eventually take a toll on the user’s body. They’ll soon begin to show signs and symptoms of meth addiction and abuse.
These are the most common signs of meth addiction:
- Increased physical activity
- Less appetite
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Faster breathing
Over time, meth addiction can also lead to:
- Dangerous weight loss
- Tooth decay or loss (also known as “meth mouth”)
- Sores from scratching itchy skin
- Sleep problems
- Poor hygiene
- Disinterest in previous activities
- Mood swings or aggression
- Irritability and confusion
Often, users aren’t aware of the changes meth takes on their body. People close to the user may notice these changes and tell their loved one. If you notice these signs in yourself or someone else, it’s time for treatment for meth addiction.
Do I need treatment for meth addiction?
Many people take meth recreationally and don’t think it’s that big of a deal to use one or two times. Using meth, even if it’s just for one time, poses a risk to your health.
If you experience of any these symptoms, it’s time for professional help:
- You’re feeling anxiety, pain, illness or paranoia whenever you’re not using meth.
- You have the need to use meth or crystal meth regularly.
- You need to use meth regularly.
- You’ve tried to stop using meth, but failed.
- You’re isolated from your friends and family.
If you or someone you know uses meth, reach out to Skyward Treatment Center to talk to professional. We can help you understand if your addiction needs treatment and what type of treatment (if needed) is best.
How to find meth addiction treatment in Houston, TX
Meth addiction provides a quick high, but can lead to a poor quality of life. Your health, your mind, and your social circle all suffer from meth abuse.
Treatment for meth addiction is available near you. You don’t have to go far to get the help needed to end meth addiction. The experts at Skyward Treatment Center are here 24/7 to address meth addiction.
Call (713) 835-4471 or complete our online form to get started.