Meth refers to Methamphetamine which is a stimulant drug. Crystal methamphetamine is the form of meth that resembles glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Methamphetamine increases the production of dopamine in the brain. This increase causes a “rush” or euphoria.
What are the short term and long term effects of meth usage?
Aside from the short term effects of rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat and increased blood pressure, meth usage increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases through injections and gravely effect decision making with regard to entering risky behaviors. Additionally meth causes extreme weight loss, dental extractions, violence and hallucinations. And over extended periods of time areas of the brain concerning emotion and memory can be affected. A recent study explains how methamphetamine users have an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Can a user overdose from methamphetamine?
Yes. Methamphetamine overdose leads to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and death.
Meth addiction and overdose is on the rise. It is so important to treat meth addiction as early as possible before the addict reaches stages that can cause long term harm to the body.
Meth addiction can be treated through medicine and clinical therapy.
The most effective therapy is Cognative Behavioral Therapy, which helps to change the person’s drug use expectations and behaviors and also helps to manage triggers and stress.
The most important key to beating any addiction is recognizing each individual’s needs. Even though addiction has common underlying factors, they effect each person uniquely. Personalized treatment is the secret to addiction recovery. Smaller facilities naturally are able to take better care and keep better watch over each of the few patients.