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Meth

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How is meth abused?

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Signs and symptoms of meth addiction

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What does a meth addict look like? Severe cravings, restlessness, and anxiety can characterize meth addiction. More on how you can help a meth addict 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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7 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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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.

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