Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamines are powerful stimulants that can increase wakefulness and energy in users. They also flood the body with the neurotransmitter dopamine, resulting in a sense of euphoria and pleasure. Because methamphetamines can be synthesized in labs from over the counter drugs, they have become available on epidemic proportions. While the ingredients may be inexpensive, many of them are toxic and deadly. Between their highly addictive nature and their numerous side effects, methamphetamines are a serious and dangerous substance that can cause substantial damage to the human body and mind.

 

Short term effects of methamphetamine usage

 

As mentioned, methamphetamines cause a spike in energy and wakefulness. These high energy levels are coupled with a strong rush. While methamphetamines stoke energy and alertness, there are other physical effects. These drugs increase the heart rate, and often cause an irregular rhythm. Methamphetamines can also increase respiration, or rapid breathing. The user can also develop hyperthermia, meaning their body overheats. Finally, these drugs inhibit appetite.  

 

Long term effects of methamphetamine addiction

 

These short term effects can have extreme consequences in both the body and mind over prolonged use. As with all addictive substances, extended methamphetamine use can cause a dependency that disrupts the brain’s natural balance. The effects of this addiction can be severe and potentially cause psychoses, such as paranoia, hallucinations, and repetitive motor activity. These hallucinations can be unsettling and severe, often involving auditory and tactile stimuli. Unfortunately, these psychotic effects can last for a prolonged period even after the individual has stopped using the drug. Furthermore, the drug can inhibit thinking ability and motor function, often changing the very structure of the brain, which can result in a host of other symptoms. For instance, methamphetamine users also suffer from memory loss, distractibility, mood shifts and violent behavior. Coupled with these severe emotional and mental effects, methamphetamines also cause tooth decay, as well as loss, skin sores, and dangerous weight loss.

 

These symptoms are not only frightening, they are dangerous. However, there is hope. With proper treatment, individuals who are caught up in the addictive web of methamphetimines can escape their addiction and work to reclaim their health. If you or a loved one suffers from a methamphetamine addiction, you don’t have to continue suffering. Contact us at Renew Wellness. We can help. We have the knowledge, the resources, and the experience necessary to bring healing and peace to you and your loved ones.