Crystal Meth Addiction

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Why Is Crystal Meth Addiction So Addictive?

Crystal meth is harmful and dangerous to experiment with because it is an extremely addictive drug. Regardless of why a person starts using it, they may quickly find themselves needing it just to get through the day. While the high may be very pleasurable, it’s the horrible rebound effect that gets a person hooked. They begin to take more to get rid of the withdrawal, seeking to regain that high.

They use the drug frequently to manage this balance, but also need much more of the drug than before to just feel OK much less get high. The normal chemicals in the body are thrown off by this chemical cycle of highs and lows. Dopamine is one of a number of neurotransmitter chemicals used by the body to communicate pleasure, pain, and other sensations. When an addictive substance such as crystal meth is administered, the body's dopamine production is shut down. This leads to the unpleasant rebound effect and the desire to take additional drugs. Meth takes over the body's chemical signalling system, trapping the user in a vicious cycle of addiction.

What Are The Health Risks of Crystal Meth?

The biggest health risk of abusing drugs is death from overdose. Meth affects the circulatory and nervous systems. Excessive stimulation of these systems can endanger a person's life, especially if it is repeated and for a long time. Heart failure, brain damage, an increased chance of suicide, and stroke are all major causes of crystal meth death.

Can you overdose or die if you use methamphetamine?

Yes, it's possible. Methamphetamine can raise your body temperature so much that you pass out. This can be fatal if not addressed promptly. Because the drug boosts your heartbeat and blood pressure while simultaneously constricting blood vessels, you could die from a heart attack or stroke. Because it is cheaper to make, drug dealers have begun secretly adding the lethal narcotic fentanyl to methamphetamine in recent years. It is estimated that half of the deaths from meth use also involved a dangerous opioid like fentanyl.

How do people take it?

Crystal meth is most commonly smoked in glass pipes, but it can also be snorted, injected, swallowed, or inserted into the anus or the urethra.

How Does It Make You Feel?

Many people become addicted to meth because of the strong high they experience when they use it. A chemical called dopamine floods the areas of the brain that regulate pleasure when it's consumed. Users also report feeling more confident and energized. A user can quickly become addicted, and they will go to any lengths to recreate the rush. They develop a tolerance to the drug as they continue to use it. As a result, they require larger doses to achieve the same high. The dangers increase when the dose is increased. 

What Are the Signs Someone Is Using Meth?

Have you noticed changes in someone you care about? Consider these signs:

  • Not caring about personal appearance or grooming
  • Obsessively picking at hair or skin
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Dilated pupils and rapid eye movement
  • Strange sleeping patterns -- staying up for days or even weeks at a time
  • Jerky, erratic movements; twitching; facial tics; animated or exaggerated mannerisms; and constant talking
  • Borrowing money often, selling possessions, or stealing
  • Angry outbursts or mood swings
  • Psychotic behaviour, such as paranoia and hallucinations

Can You Get Over Meth Addiction On Your Own?

There isn't much of a probability of that happening. As previously stated, crystal meth hijacks the body's chemical signalling system. Withdrawal symptoms might be excruciating if the drug isn't taken frequently enough. Meth addiction has a major psychological component. People trying to quit meth are in a vulnerable physical and mental state, and meth is simply too powerful. The only way to break away from meth addiction is to go to drug rehab. To return to a sober lifestyle, you'll need a lot of help, awareness, and time. It's improbable that you'll be able to do it on your own.

How Meth Addiction Is Treated

Meth addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome, yet it is possible. If you know somebody that's having a problem with meth, don't try and help them on your own. A trained counsellor or a drug treatment programme is required to help these addicts.

Call us on 0808 258 3601 for confidential help and to discuss treatment options.

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