Methamphetamine is a stimulant that is extremely addictive and powerful. It directly affects the central nervous system, bringing users sensations of euphoria, happiness and a high that users get hooked on. This drug helps to increase the levels of dopamine in the brain significantly, which is the part of the brain associated with motivation, movement and reward. The drug allows a rapid release of dopamine into this part of the brain, making the user addicted and wanting to repeat the experience.
What are Methamphetamines?
Methamphetamines are also known as blue, meth, ice and crystal. It has an appearance that resembles white crystals, and is odorless and bitter-tasting. It is also easily dissolvable in powder form, and can dissolve in alcohol and water. There are different ways users can choose to consume methamphetamine. This includes smoking it, snorting it, swallowing it in a pill form or even by injecting a solution made by dissolving methamphetamine powder in water into the body.
As the effects of methamphetamine fades quite quickly, users are often tempted to take repeated doses of the drug. This can result in a binging and crashing pattern. In more extreme cases, people even forgo sleep or food, solely relying on taking the drug in intervals of a few hours for several days.
What are the Side Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction?
Even consuming a small amount of methamphetamine can result in numerous side effects, similar to that of other drugs and stimulants. Some more common side effects include:
- A surge in energy
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Increased pace of breathing or breathlessness
- Loss of appetite
- Increased physical activity
- Inability to sleep
- Increased body temperature
- Higher blood pressure
Depending on a case-by-case basis, side effects will likely differ based on several factors, like the amount ingested and the person’s current health condition.
- Decreased fatigue
Understanding Methamphetamine Overdose
Consumption of methamphetamine over a prolonged period of time can result in many negative long-term health effects. These include:
- Skin sores and itching
- Severe weight loss
- Tooth decay and other dental health issues
- Loss of memory
- Sleeping issues
- Permanent damage to brain structure
- Reduced cognitive ability
- Aggressive and violent behavior
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Heart attack
It can be very dangerous to a person’s health if a user leaves their addiction untreated. If the user is able to overcome their addiction, short-term effects like irregular heartbeat, inability to sleep and increased body temperature may slowly go away.
How to Treat Methamphetamine Addiction
Although a lot of research is currently being done, there are no approved medications for methamphetamine addiction treatment. Other types of treatment that can be considered are behavioral therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational incentives.
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