Meth is one of the most addictive substances in the United States. Many people have reported getting addicted to meth in as little as one use. The feelings of euphoria, alertness, and confidence that result from use have a powerful effect on the brain reward system. The release of the neurochemical dopamine in the brain reinforces the behavior of abuse and the likelihood of binging. This causes the user to crave the drug, therefore, causing an addiction to develop.
Overcoming a meth addiction is difficult because the drug hijacks the brain reward system, impairing healthy decision-making. An addiction treatment program can help meth users break their physical and psychological dependence on the drug. Please call us now for help finding treatment.
Meth is the slang term for methamphetamine. The drug is produced both legally and illegally. The legal form of methamphetamine, Desoxyn is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It is prescribed to patients with severe attention deficit disorder and obesity where other treatments have been ineffective.
In its illicit form, meth is usually a white, odorless powder that can be snorted, injected, or taken orally. Crystal meth is a potent, smokeable version of meth that consists of small, bluish-white crystals. Street names for meth include:
- Redneck cocaine
Meth Effects and Abuse
Similar to crack cocaine, meth and crystal meth produce a rush when smoked or injected. The rush produces the strongest effects and can last up to 30 minutes. After the rush, people using meth experience a steady high that can last anywhere from four to 12 hours. The duration of this high depends on the mode of consumption. Injecting meth produces a stronger high than smoking or snorting, but the effects wear off more quickly.
The effects of meth include:
- Loss of appetite
These effects, along with the drug’s affordability, can lead people to binge use. Many who use meth take the drug over a period of several days and tend to stay perpetually high. Eventually, the meth doesn’t produce the same effects and requires higher doses to get high.
Since meth raises a person’s blood pressure and heart rate, taking large amounts of the substance can lead to overheating, seizures, loss of consciousness, or coma. If the individual does not seek medical attention when this happens, the overdose can be fatal.
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Common Drug Combinations
Polydrug use is common among people who take meth. This type of drug abuse often occurs in clubs and at music festivals. Drugs that are used with meth may include cocaine, alcohol, GHB, ketamine and ecstasy. The risk of overdosing on meth is particularly dangerous when it is combined with these substances.