Meth Addiction: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

What is Meth?

Meth, also known as Crystal Meth and Methamphetamine, is a powerfully addictive central nervous system stimulant that comes with extremely dangerous effects. It falls in the Amphetamine class of drugs and is mainly used recreationally among people who are looking to get ‘high’. Although it’s used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and obesity in the US, it’s a Class A drug in the UK, meaning it’s illegal.

The drug has caused a lot of death in different parts of the world and its use has been surging in the UK recently compared to past years. The drug induces intense feelings of euphoria, confidence, alertness, and energy in those that consume it. Popular street names for meth include Crystal, Glass, Quartz, Blade, Whizz, and ICE.

It’s easy to become addicted to meth as users will be tempted to experience the effects of the drug repeatedly. Even those that use meth for the first time can become psychologically dependent on the drug, quickly forming a habit of using it. If you or your loved one are abusing meth, you should put an end to it as its dangers may catch up with you faster than you think!

Meth Abuse: Key Facts

Meth is known to cause feelings of euphoria and energy by blocking neurochemicals like norepinephrine and dopamine from being reabsorbed by cells in the brain, leading to abnormally excessive amounts of these chemicals. Meth causes this in a short amount of time, especially when it’s snorted, smoked, or injected. While users enjoy the highs of the drug, it can cause side effects like psychosis and seizures.

Meth use was not popular in Great Britain until the American hit TV series, Breaking Bad, made the drug famous in the nation. Ever since, meth use has been soaring at an alarming rate. In 2015, police arrested 100 people for possession of meth in London alone, up from 18 in 2010.

Effects of Meth

Crystal meth creates powerful effects in recreational users which can lead to physical and psychological dependence. The drug’s stimulant effects are similar to that of crack cocaine because it alters the communication of brain chemicals such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine which are responsible for mood, energy, alertness, and the brain’s reward system.

When taken, meth causes hyperactivity, empathy, talkativeness, alertness, self-confidence, concentration, euphoria, and loss of appetite in the user. Some of the desired effects of meth among users, such as energy and alertness, can last up to 12 hours.

However, the drug can induce adverse effects in the short term such as substantial weight loss, altered sleeping pattern, convulsions or tremors, mood swings, high body temperature, excessive sweating, rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and irregular heart rhythm. Users have reported the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression even after first-time use.

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

For those who are abusing a drug like meth, the effects that they “enjoy” can easily blind them from understanding the dangerous path they’re on. If you or a loved one are in this category, you may become aware of your meth use when it has grown to abuse and addiction or when you begin to suffer the dangers associated with the drug. Crystal meth is such a potent drug that it can cause addiction very quickly even in regular users.

There are certain signs and symptoms that indicate that someone is using meth. Some of these signs will be present even in first-time users. While some addicts may try to conceal their use of the drug, you can easily identify these signs if you know what to look out for. Some of the signs to watch out for include:

  • Unusually high body temperature
  • Going many hours without sleep
  • Heightened euphoria and empathy
  • An abnormally high libido
  • Intense scratching
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irritability
  • Sores and aches
  • Rotting teeth

Long-term use of meth will be more obvious as users will begin to exhibit more adverse effects of the drug. Meth Mouth, which is a condition marked by an abnormal loss of teeth, often occurs in long-term users. Users will also exhibit psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and delusions after abusing the drug for a while. Other effects include:

  • Formication
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • State of confusion

Treating Meth Addiction

Despite the hold meth can have on anyone, you can put an end to your use of the drug by going through treatment. There are professional treatment options that can see you achieve recovery and restart a healthy meth-free life. These treatment programmes are close to you and with just a phone call, your treatment process can begin.

Treatment includes a meth rehab programme and medical drug detox, where you’ll be put through medication therapies to flush the drug out of your system, as well as psychological treatment that will reverse the mental changes caused by meth and other psychological problems that you may have faced prior to your addiction.

Going through a private rehab clinic will give you the best chance at achieving recovery, and this treatment route will arm you with all the skills you need to maintain your recovery. Most rehabs provide holistic remedies for meth addiction which include CBT, DBT, nutrition and sleep management, as well as other forms of personalised therapies. These therapies, coupled with ongoing support, will keep you on your feet and help you stay sober in the long term.

Withdrawal and Detoxification Process

The use of meth comes with certain withdrawal symptoms that can be difficult to deal with. These symptoms will appear when you attempt to quit or temporarily don’t have access to the drug. Using meth over time will also result in your body developing tolerance where you’ll require increased doses of the drug to experience the same effects as before. This will cause withdrawal symptoms to flare up when you don’t take adequate doses.

If you go through treatment, however, especially through a private rehab, you’ll be put through a medical detox process handled by a team of medical professionals where these symptoms will be managed, and your body will be aided to eliminate meth from your system safely.

Get Help Today

Going through a meth addiction can be turbulent and overcoming your addiction to a drug as powerful as this can be difficult. However, you’ll be putting yourself in more danger if you choose to stay addicted due to the fear of challenges you may go through during recovery.

That being said, recovery is a fulfilling and rewarding journey to go through. And, with our help at Primrose Lodge, you’ll be happy that you embarked on this life-changing journey and defeated your meth abuse and addiction. Please give us a call today and take the first steps in securing an addiction-free life for yourself or a loved one.

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