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Meth long term effects

Meth long term effects

July 11th, 2016

In this article we cover the consequences of long term meth use and it effects on your body, brain, and behavior.

3 Meth rehab treatment: What to expect?

Meth rehab treatment: What to expect?

March 11th, 2016

Rehab doesn’t have to be scary. Here, we review what happens from the moment you check-in until you leave and set up a longer term recovery plan. Learn more about meth rehab here.

25 How long does meth withdrawal last?

How long does meth withdrawal last?

July 20th, 2015

Meth withdrawal usually lasts from 1-2 weeks, but it can last upwards of 4 weeks. In some extreme cases, meth withdrawal can last longer. More with a timeline of meth withdrawal here.

1 Long term effects of meth addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of meth addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

May 7th, 2015

How serious can meth addiction be? A GRAPHIC on how meth works in the brain and the effects of being addicted to meth here. After review, feel free to LIKE! SHARE! PRINT IT OUT!!! We encourage use of our infographics in the office or at school.

Adverse effects of meth on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

Adverse effects of meth on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

April 8th, 2015

How does meth affect the brain? A brief list of effects here! Check this infographic and give us your feedback in the comments section at the end.

2 Long term effects of meth on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

Long term effects of meth on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

March 22nd, 2015

Meth causes specific effects on the brain. We’ve compiled them graphically here. If you like it, support us by LIKE > SHARE > PRINT for use in the classroom or medical office.

18 Meth withdrawal treatment: How to treat meth withdrawal

Meth withdrawal treatment: How to treat meth withdrawal

February 9th, 2015

Meth withdrawal is not pleasant process, but it can be helped. Read the details on what to expect while withdrawing from meth and how you can help ease symptoms, here.

1 Adverse effects of meth (INFOGRAPHIC)

Adverse effects of meth (INFOGRAPHIC)

January 26th, 2015

What are the adverse effects of meth? A GRAPHIC to share here. LIKE > PRINT > COMMENT. We encourage use of our posters in classes or medical office settings.

12 Help for meth withdrawal

Help for meth withdrawal

January 18th, 2015

Meth withdrawal is treated mainly with behavioral therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral and contingency-management interventions. Learn more about what to expect and where to find help during meth withdrawal here.

14 When to seek medical attention for meth withdrawal

When to seek medical attention for meth withdrawal

December 22nd, 2014

When you should seek emergency or medical help during meth withdrawal? A review of problematic symptoms and protocol for their treatment here.

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Meth

What is methamphetamine (meth)?

Methamphetamine is a strong stimulant drug with high abuse potential. In fact, meth belongs to the amphetamine class of drugs with limited medical purposes; it appears in white, yellow or orange round tablets. People often use meth for recreational purposes and to fuel drug addiction.

Methamphetamine is a synthetic substance. Both illegal and legal methamphetamine are produced in laboratories. Illegal ‘rolling’ labs that clandestinely produce meth are an environmental problem because synthesis produces large amounts of toxic waste that can harm human life. Illegally produced methamphetamine appears in several forms, such as pills, capsules, powders and crystalline chunks. Solid chunks of methamphetamine appear as a whitish crystalline substance.

There are several ways to administer methamphetamine. Methamphetamine tablets prescribed for medical reasons are taken by mouth. Abusers using meth by mouth may mix it with other liquids, or wrap it in a small piece of tissue paper for swallowing (called parachuting). They also take it by other routes such as injecting its liquid form into a vein, snorting the powder, or putting it inside the rectum.

Methamphetamine effects

The main effect of meth is profound alertness. Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant of the central nervous system. Unlike other drugs that are denied entry to the central nervous system via the blood-brain barrier, meth readily enters the brain, where it activates noradrenergic neurons. This results in stimulation of the nervous system. Methamphetamine also activates the parts of the brain responsible for sensation of satiety, causing appetite suppression.

Meth is abused mainly to achieve euphoric effects. When injected or vaporized (smoked), methamphetamine immediately induces an intense and extremely pleasurable sensation (termed a ‘rush’ or ‘flush’). Swallowing or snorting methamphetamine produces euphoria (termed as ‘high’) after which users typically experience agitation that may lead to violent behavior. However, adverse effects of meth can include:

  • convulsions
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • nervousness
  • reduced appetite

Methamphetamines can also help obese individuals start reducing caloric intake, since it temporarily reduces your appetite. Therefore, doctors prescribe methamphetamine (or more precisely, methamphetamine salts) to treat ADHD and for temporary management of obesity. Doctors only prescribe methamphetamine after performing complete evaluation to the patient, and they calibrate doses regularly.

Is meth addictive?

Yes. Meth is highly addictive. Its potent action and long duration of effects attract users. When taking meth becomes habitual, loss of control often follows. Once a person gets “hooked” on meth, it can be very difficult to quit and long-term meth addiction treatment is required. The main signs of addiction to meth include:

  1. continued use of meth despite negative consequences to health, home, or work
  2. extreme cravings, compulsion, or obsessive thinking about meth
  3. loss of control of meth use: using more meth than intended, or in greater frequency than intended

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3 Responses to “Meth
Naser
11:46 am July 5th, 2016

It was the first last time I smoked meth was about 9 months ago and for three days then stopped it and that’s it never think about again(all was got).Since last week i smoke it everyday and for almost last 8-10 days and i felt that i am increasing the amount day after another and experienced how nasty the stuff is , it became at the top of my daily things to do list which makes really feel very unhappy with myself (because this is totally not me) I’m a good man i suddenly reduced the amount to 1/2 pre for last two days for the purpose to throw it away ASAP somewhere That is impossible to return to it or even think about it but I’m not really sure whether what I’m still the same strong person to do what i planned for,i just want to close this page forever.
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