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Crystal meth

Crystal meth, short for crystal methamphetamine, is a powerful, widely spread, street drug. Learn the basic facts about meth abuse, side effects and addiction, here.

What is crystal meth?

Crystal meth - short for crystal methamphetamine is a powerful, illegal, street drug. In form, crystal meth is a synthetic drug in the form of clear chunky crystals resembling ice. It's produced in illegal meth labs through processes in which the chemical structure of some over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines is altered, then mixed with various forms of amphetamine. Methaphetamine is found under many generic names, most commonly under Ice, Glass and Speed, also Meth, Crank, and Chalk. Other nicknames are Batu, Blade, Cristy, Crystal, Crystal glass, Glass, Hot ice, Ice, Quartz, Tina, Uppers and others. Methamphetamine, contracted from N-methyl-1-pheny-propan-2-amine is a neurotoxin and potent psychostimulant.

Why do people use crystal meth?

Approved by the FDA under the trade name Desoxyn,  it is used in the treatment of ADHD, exogenous obesity and narcolepsy. However, due to the potential risks to health, it is rarely prescribed by medical professionals and it's noted that it has limited therapeutic usefulness. Usually, crystal meth is abused for various reasons. Female users may take it because of the extremely rapid weight loss it causes. Generally, crystal meth is taken recreationally for the long-lasting, euphoric and powerful high it produces (up to 12 hours). Also, as a stimulant, it increases the level of energy, alertness, concentration, lifts up the mood, and increases the libido and sexual drive. But the body builds up tolerance and not only does the weight loss stop, it is regained after quitting meth. Crystal meth is generally administered the in the follow ways:
  • Crushed and snorted
  • Injected with a needle
  • Inserted into the urethra
  • Inserted rectally
  • Orally
  • Smoked in glass pipes

Crystal meth effects

When taken in low doses, methamphetamine can improve the mood and physical state in fatigued individuals. At higher doses, it can be the cause for psychosis, rhabdomyolysis and cerebral hemorrage. However, methamphetamine is a neurotoxic and it damages both, dopamine and serotonin neurons in the Central Nervous System (CNS). Because of how it's made, crystal meth is never pure, so the consequences from crystal meth abuse are associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, psychotic behavior and potential heart and brain damage. Some of the immediate negative effects of crystal meth which commonly occur are:
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Euhoria
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased enery levels
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increased libido
  • Loss of apetite
  • Vasoconstriction
  • Violent and opsesive-compulsive behavior
The most adverse effects form crystal meth abuse are usually associated with chronic use. These side effects include depression, psychosis, drug tolerance and drug cravings, "meth mouth", or rapid tooth decay and tooth loss.

Is crystal meth addictive?

Yes, crystal meth is highly addictive! Many users report being "hooked" even after the very first time they use it. So far, medical specialists have little evidence and success in treating crystal methamphetamine dependence and abuse effectively, and no treatment has been demonstrated to be successful. When your body is dependent on this drug, it may take 30-90 days before the crystal meth withdrawal starts. People usually experience depression, drops in energy, cravings for meth, suicidal thoughts and actions. Since the withdrawal is so difficult and painful, more than 90% of people in treatment relapse and start using again. However, crystal meth addiction treatment and help is available for people who are "hooked"! Continue reading here for more on how to treat crystal meth addiction or to seek referral to specialized treatment. Also, feel free to explore:

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  1. I need to know if some one swallowed a 8 ball of meth, how long does it take to kill them, and at what period of time after swallowed should they seek medical attention before they die? The reason I’m asking is because my son, just passed away from this, but I couldn’t get to him in time to take him to the hospital. If somebody had gotten him treatment sooner could he have been saved?

  2. There are meds that eliminate meth withdrawal and relapse

    1 nuvigil
    2 wellbutrin

    Taking these together dramatically decreases withdrawal symptoms and miraculously increase the users odds of long-term sobriety

    I have been on this cocktail into Outpatient Treatment programs and it really helps

    Well these meds or not approved for meth withdrawal there are many doctors who will prescribe them off label for successful sobriety.

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    Unfortunately most people in the addiction industry I know where this and feel meth addicts she just go through meth withdrawal cold turkey and was psychotherapy

    Humm and addiction specialist Wonder why crystal meth has a highest rate of relapse

    After all people are giving methadone or Suboxone for heroin withdrawal.

    Clinicians need to wake up and treat stimulant addiction with the same compassion that is used for opiates

    And for the addict who still suffers and wants help many drs go to this protocol if you tell him about it and pointing to sites on the web that they can verify that this is actually been tested. It has simply Google Nuvigil and Wellbutrin for stimulant addiction

    I sincerely hope this helps many who are suffering greatly

  3. I was drinking with my friends to have drinks. I enjoy cocaine once in awhile and so do they. I wouldn’t ever willingly do meth. My friends went to pick it up for us & we all snorted some and it burnt so bad, it was meth! I don’t really remember much but I still haven’t slept!! This shit is dangerous

  4. If last used 4 days before a ua what are the chances of passing the ua test I’d day of the test u drank 24 Oz od water and peed 4 times before going in and actually taking the ua would u pass

  5. My son iscurrently homeless in San Diegio uninsured. Recently released from jail. Apparently has a court order to check into a rehab facility. But has had no luck or hes not looking. But now in verge of going back to jail for not complying with his probation officer. I dont know if he is using since he has been out a month. But I ask myself if its court ordered why didnt the court place him in a facility. Rather than releasing him knowing he has a drug problem. Im wanting to find my son some help if he wants it. Which brings me to ,What if he isn’t in right staight of mind to make the decision to want help? Then what who can step in to make this decision?
    Thank you

    Rose
    Seeking help for my son Jason

    1. Hi Rose. I suggest that you call the helpline on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help your son find a suitable rehab program that fits his needs.

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