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Signs of Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine has been one of the dirtiest drugs to sweep the globe.  It is 100% man-made from highly addictive synthetic chemicals, and can cause great harm to users and those around them.  Meth can be described and being similar to cocaine, although cocaine comes from a plant.  Each time meth is made, it puts dozens of people’s lives at risk.  Meth is made by extracting particular chemicals from household cold medicines, then adding other dangerous substances to it, such as drain cleaner, battery acid, lantern fuel, or antifreeze.  Adding these substances helps to increase the strength.  Many users create their own make-shift labs inside their homes or other buildings, which is extremely dangerous.  All ingredients used to make meth are highly flammable, and can result in massive explosions which cause severe burns, death, and toxic vapors to seep into the air.  

Meth can be found in various forms, but the two most common are a white powder and a crystal that resembles ice.  It can be smoked, snorted, or injected, with each method being equally addictive.  When a person uses meth, the initial high is what gets them hooked.  They will instantaneously experience elevated heart rate and blood pressure, their pupils will become dilated, and they may feel nauseous.  Meth is a stimulant which affects someone’s ability to sleep.  Often times, a user will go on “runs,” using for days at a time while simultaneously not sleeping or eating.  After a certain amount of time, the body can’t handle it anymore and will crashes.  After coming down from a run, a person may sleep for days at a time.

Using meth in any form is very unhealthy for the body.  It can cause severe malnutrition and permanent psychiatric problems.  Long time meth users often have serious tooth decay, ultimately resulting in tooth loss, which is caused by extreme dry mouth during a high.  Methamphetamine can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain and heart.  The development of heart disease or brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or epilepsy can occur.  The body is not meant to handle the use of such harsh chemicals, and when they are used frequently, a fairly quick deterioration of essential organs happens.  Meth addiction is very serious, with 24.7 million people abusing it globally on a daily basis.  Addiction treatment is available and can be one of the only ways for a person to overcome their disease.

If you need help for addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We offer medically assisted detox and we are equipped to treat dual diagnoses, including depression. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.