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Crystal meth

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:

Crystal meth

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Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment

July 19th, 2018

A detailed review of crystal methamphetamine addiction, what causes it, and ways to address it. More here.

Crystal Meth Rehab Treatment: What to Expect?

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Entering a structured crystal meth addiction program means you’ll receive medical help and assistance during your recovery journey. Learn more about rehab for crystal meth and start working on your sobriety today.

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Rehab for crystal meth

August 8th, 2017

Interrupting addiction requires determination. Learn how reputable crystal meth rehab centers work to help you rebuild a new life. More on what to expect from rehab, with a section for your questions at the end.

2 The Crystal Meth Withdrawal Chart

The Crystal Meth Withdrawal Chart

July 27th, 2017

Visual GUIDE to Crystal Meth Withdrawal. Learn what to expect and when here.

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Crystal meth rehabilitation: How long?

July 19th, 2017

A look at crystal meth rehabilitation and what to expect when you go to rehab.

12 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.

4 Rehab crystal meth addiction: When to choose inpatient vs. outpatient

Rehab crystal meth addiction: When to choose inpatient vs. outpatient

December 20th, 2016

Have a problem with crystal meth addiction? We review the distinction between inpatient and outpatient crystal meth rehabilitation. Review the services they provide to decide which one is better for you.

How much does meth addiction treatment cost? (INFOGRAPHIC)

How much does meth addiction treatment cost? (INFOGRAPHIC)

November 30th, 2016

How much does using methamphetamines (meth) cost you compared to the cost of investing in treatment? A snapshot of the cost-benefit analysis this infographic.

2 The cost of meth addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

The cost of meth addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

September 23rd, 2016

Meth is one of the most expensive drugs to produce and to obtain. Moreover, it costs you and our society a lot more in indirect expenses. How much exactly? We outline the real costs of meth use and abuse in this infographic.

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Crystal meth rehab cost

June 2nd, 2016

A look into current costs of treatment for meth addiction via rehab….. and ways to reduce it.

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9 Responses to “Crystal meth
7:11 am March 6th, 2017

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

Seeking help for my son Jason

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
7:11 pm March 10th, 2017

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.

11:17 pm June 24th, 2017

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

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:19 am June 27th, 2017

Hi Kevin. Meth can stay in the system and be detected in urinalysis drug tests 1-4 days after use. But chronic use can extended this detection period. If you want to learn more about drug testing, download our free e-book’The Definitive Guide To Drug Testing’ here:

10:18 pm October 23rd, 2017

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

8:40 am January 23rd, 2018

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.


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

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:10 pm January 23rd, 2018

Thank you for sharing, Rob. Hope your message will help others.

10:59 am February 11th, 2018

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?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:16 pm February 13th, 2018

Hi Renne. I’m really sorry for your loss… I suggest that you consult with a coroner about your issue.

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