Meth is essentially the most addictive and dangerous illicit drug available on the streets today. Meth addiction is perpetually on the rise and affects millions of people around the nation and world. In spite of the fact that so many people are affected either directly or indirectly by meth addiction and abuse, many people do not know all of the facts about this incredibly dangerous illegal drug.
Many people think that they are somehow immune to this problem and that it could never happen to them. However, this is not the case and anyone can become addicted to meth. So, find out more about meth addiction and the drug in general. Then, you will be able to see the symptoms and signs before it is too late to do anything about it.
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Meth is a potent illegal stimulant drug derived from a wide variety of dangerous chemicals, some even coming from such odd places as chemical fertilizers and household cleaning products. The fact that the drug is a stimulant means that it stimulates or excites the nervous systems and various other systems throughout the body. This has an energizing effect on the mind and body.
This drug has many names. These include crystal meth, ice, crank, glass and speed among other names. The numerous names for meth make it difficult to determine what is even being offered to you.
When a person consumes this drug, whether by injecting, smoking, or snorting it, they feel an almost immediate surge or wave of euphoria come over them. This euphoric state is also often paired with an extreme burst of energy making it an ideal party drug for illicit drug users and dealers. However, this euphoria as well as the accompanying energy burst come at a price.
The chemical reaction that meth causes when it enters the body alters the operation of the brain by blocking receptors and neuron transmissions in the brain, particularly in the areas that naturally stimulate the pleasure centers. This effect lasts long after the drug has left the person’s system, making the body almost immediately dependent upon the drug for those positive feelings and emotions.
Additionally, the meth high is short-lived, lasting anywhere from 6 to 24 hours before a rapid and extreme crash occurs. The user then has the choice to go through instantaneous and intense withdrawals and cravings, or continue using the drug. And, of course, the more they use the drug, the more dependent they become. This is why meth is perhaps the most dangerously addictive drug on the streets.
While people can usually tell when something strange is going on with a person that they care about, they may not be able to recognize what exactly is going on with their loved on to cause this strangeness. In order to tell if the issue at hand is meth abuse or addiction, you need to know the signs and symptoms. They include:
Because this drug is often introduced to first-time users in a party setting, it is often mixed with other drugs and substances from the first use and on. Alcohol and meth are frequently combined. In fact, for some reason, dealers and frequent meth users are often under the impression that drinking alcohol and using this drug simultaneously will somehow reduce the negative effects of the crash that inevitably follows use.
However, this is not only an incorrect assumption, but can be a dangerous practice. Meth and alcohol have opposing effects upon the cardiovascular system and place strain upon the kidneys and the liver as they attempt to filter toxins from the drugs out of the body. As such, combining meth and alcohol, especially if done frequently, can have fatal consequences.
Meth addiction and abuse are serious problems in the United States today. Now that you know the signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction, you will be able to contact a drug rehab or addiction treatment center in order to help anyone you know who may be suffering from a meth abuse problem or addiction.
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