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Metamphetamine Addiction

Overview

Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs out there. It is so strong that it can lead to addiction almost immediately after its first few uses. And it is also very dangerous.

Each time individuals use meth, they affect the correct function of key receptors in their brain. This damage inhibits the ability to feel pleasure without the stimulation of the drug. These effects can occur right after the first use, which increases the probability of addiction. Recovery treatment starts with detox under the strict surveillance of medical professionals. After detox, patients need to undergo a therapy process to gain back their confidence and freedom.

What Is Methamphetamine?

Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is a powerful stimulant of the central nervous system, which makes it extremely addictive. This drug is illicitly sold as the crystalline form of methamphetamine. However, the legal form of this drug — methamphetamine —is considered a Schedule II controlled substance in the country, which means that it can be administered under controlled prescription. However, even under medical supervision,
methamphetamine use can result in psychological and physical dependence.
The most common use of pharmaceutical methamphetamine is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) treatment. On the other hand, crystal meth has no medical uses and it is consumed solely for recreation. Here are some of the street names given to methamphetamine:

  • Crystal
  • Ice
  • Glass
  • Tina
  • Speed
  • Crank

Long-term abuse of this drug destroys the brain receptors of dopamine. Once the key receptors stop functioning, it is impossible for the person to feel pleasure other than the one produced by meth. That’s why the drug becomes essential for users. They would do anything to find their only source of pleasure and overlook any other area of their lives — education, friends, work. Recovery is attainable, but there is a high risk of severe cognitive impairment.

Signs and Symptoms of Meth Abuse

It is well known that meth is the most aggressively addictive drug in the world. It can rapidly form a habit, and it causes damage to your brain ever since the first use. Meth is extremely attractive for its users as it stimulates the dopamine receptors in the brain causing intense euphoria. The first time, users experience a powerful euphoria rush that can overwhelm them. Further uses look to achieve that first rush again. The intense feeling can last up to ten minutes; however, patients continue to feel high —energetic, with no appetite, and extremely confident — for eight more hours. Methamphetamine addiction can cause the following long- and short-term symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Avoids responsibilities
  • Paranoia, psychosis, and hallucinations
  • Crumbling teeth
  • Increased energy
  • False close relationships
  • Skin sores
  • Weak hair
  • Dietary deficiency
  • Denying the use of drugs
  • Infertility
  • Death

Am I Addicted?

If you are not sure you suffer from methamphetamine use disorder, it is best to visit a professional. Medical advice is sometimes crucial to realize you have a drug addiction and enroll in the recovery process. At Elev8’s we have highly qualified at you service to assist you throughout the entire treatment.

Treatment for Meth Addiction

Patients with meth dependence need to be subjected to detox treatment as the first stage of their recovery. Medical supervision is necessary during this stage. This medication-assisted treatment is needed to help stabilize patients’ bodies during withdrawal. Meth addicts need to undergo long in-depth therapy to achieve their freedom from this dangerous substance.

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