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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

For more info on meth, feel free to explore here:

Meth

Physical addiction to meth

Physical addiction to meth

June 26th, 2017

Physical addiction to meth is manifested in 1) growing tolerance to the drug, and 2) occurrence of withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit. What can you expect when you get physically addicted to meth and what can you do about it? We explain here.

Rehab for meth

Rehab for meth

June 19th, 2017

Methamphetamine addiction is very hard to overcome. But you can do it. How? Meth rehab is an effective start. Learn more about rehab for meth and take the first step toward recovery here.

Meth Withdrawal

Meth Withdrawal

May 24th, 2017

Meth withdrawal usually lasts two weeks and includes depression, extreme fatigue and increased appetite. Read more about standard meth withdrawal protocols here. Find out what awaits you on the journey to sobriety!

Can you get high on meth?

Can you get high on meth?

May 18th, 2017

After using meth, an initial rush is felt quickly and is followed by an euphoric feeling that may last for more than 12 hours. More about getting high on meth and its side effects, here.

Signs and symptoms of crystal meth addiction

Signs and symptoms of crystal meth addiction

May 4th, 2017

How can you tell if somebody is a crystal meth addict? More here about the signs and symptoms that signal when a loved one or a fired has a crystal meth problem.

10 The Meth Withdrawal Timeline Chart

The Meth Withdrawal Timeline Chart

April 11th, 2017

What’s the average duration of meth withdrawal? Generally, withdrawal from meth lasts from 1 to 2 weeks, up to a month or more (in some extreme cases), What can you expect during this period? Check out the answers in this easy-to-read graphic.

The face of meth addiction: Who uses methamphetamine? (INFOGRAPHIC)

The face of meth addiction: Who uses methamphetamine? (INFOGRAPHIC)

March 15th, 2017

What does the typical meth user look like? In this infographic you can explore the age, gender, past year and past month meth use, mode of methamphetamine administration and emergency room visits.

4 Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

March 11th, 2017

Best treatment practices for overcoming methamphetamine addiction. Find out how to win your addiction battle through treatment. Plus some advice on how to offer help to your addicted loved one.

4 When does meth peak?

When does meth peak?

March 11th, 2017

Peak concentrations following oral methamphetamine administration are seen in 2-4 hours of dosing. Find out more about meth peak levels and how to recognize meth addiction, here.

Is meth a narcotic?

Is meth a narcotic?

December 13th, 2016

Meth belongs to the group of drugs called stimulants and is not a narcotic. Read more about the addictive potential of meth and it’s placement under the Controlled Substances Act, here.

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11 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.
Thanks

alan
8:16 pm October 19th, 2016

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Katrina
4:33 am December 30th, 2016

My husband left me and out 10 year old son 4 days before this Christmas, my boss is a drug and alchahol counselor she told me my husband was definitely using. He has not spoke to me or our son he lied to us did not show on christmas, I live at my job so we are safe from the drugs. I cry all the time how do we recover from this. I know he is using his new gf uses. I am a good girl no drugs no drinking no smoking wha

a.j.r.c.k.k.5525
12:18 pm January 16th, 2017

My husband is an active, everyday, meth addict. He cant function due to the extreme physical pain he’s in for the first 3-5 or 6 days ATLEAST, & after that has sub-sided mental/emotional- unstability starts to take place even more intense than before. So with him ATTEMPTING this “COME DOWN” he was given some “advice” from someone who hasnt experienced addiction to OUR EXTENT….but for whatever reason he choose to listen to a “wanna-be-puddle-slut-“whore”, & he decides to take her “advice” instead of listening to his BEGGING, LOVING, CARING, DIFFICULT FREAKIN FAMILY..who ONLY wants the best for him and for him to come home & FIX HIS FAMILY, before its too late!! !πŸ˜ˆπŸ’”πŸ˜”πŸ’”πŸ˜“πŸ’”πŸ˜­πŸ’”πŸ‘ŽβœŒβ™₯πŸ’©πŸ™….πŸ˜‡πŸ’žπŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ˜—πŸ’œπŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ˜šπŸ’šπŸ‘ŒπŸ’πŸ‘πŸ’˜lπŸ‘β€πŸ‘ŠπŸ’“πŸ‘‘πŸ’‹πŸ’―πŸ’―!!!! Anyways, the point of my mini-vent/mini braekdown..my main problem tonight is..he did approxamitely 4/8-12 mg bars (WHOLE, AT ONCE) & he ABSOLUTELY NEVER TALkES ABOUT WTF IS GOING ON WITH him, his personal affairs, legal issues, OR custody problems with our children….shit tonight i had to wjeel

John
7:27 pm January 21st, 2017

I’ve been smoking meth since yesterday morning. No sleep last night and still smoking today. My blood pressure is actually lower than my usual (125-135/70-80) Have never experienced anything like this. HR is normal as well. I did take 50 mg Viagra yesterday around lunch time…..Could that possibly have kept my BP and HR so low?? The meth is obviously working, because I am still up and going strong. Note: I always check my blood pressure when high because I get a bang out of seeing how fast I can get my heart and just how high my BP will go..

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:04 pm January 25th, 2017

Hi John. I suggest that you check in into a hospital just to be sure you’re okay.

maggie
2:35 am April 3rd, 2017

My husband is an active, everyday, meth addict. He cant function due to the extreme physical pain he’s in for the first 3-5 or 6 days ATLEAST, & after that has sub-sided mental/emotional- unstability starts to take place even more intense than before. So with him ATTEMPTING this β€œCOME DOWN” he was given some β€œadvice” from someone who hasnt experienced addiction to OUR EXTENT….but for whatever reason he choose to listen to his brother & he decides to take his advice” instead of listening to his BEGGING, LOVING, CARING, DIFFICULT FREAKIN FAMILY..who ONLY wants the best for him and for him to come home & FIX HIS FAMILY, before its too late!! !β™₯….l!!!! Anyways, the point of my mini-vent/mini braekdown..my main problem tonight is..he did approxamitely 4/8-12 mg bars (WHOLE, AT ONCE) & he ABSOLUTELY NEVER TALkES ABOUT WTF IS GOING ON WITH him, his personal affairs, legal issues, OR custody problems with his mom he yelled at her like she was noting

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:19 pm April 4th, 2017

Hi Maggie. I suggest that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/

Pat
12:58 pm April 5th, 2017

I was heaivly involved with the “Meth” scene when I lived out west, Had a terrible habit, when I came home for a visit, my family could not believe what they were looking at ! I went from 240 pounds to just under 162 pounds. I came home to confess that I had a problem, and needed help and I got it. The name of the facility is Milam Lakeside Treatment Facility it is in the metro Seattle area. It saved my life. I have not touched the stuff since I walked out. That was 17 years ago. If I can quit , so can you.

Guy
9:30 pm April 7th, 2017

A general question? Can meth be used recreationally e.g. Once every other month or do people inevitably slip into dependence?

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