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How to Tell if Your Loved One is Addicted to Meth

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Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a very strong chemical drug that affects the central nervous system in ways similar to amphetamine, a drug used in the therapy of ADHD.

Side effects of meth addiction

Meth is a highly addictive, chemically manufactured drug with very adverse side effects which include:

  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Weight and appetite loss
  • Hallucinations and vision problems
  • Dry mouth and upset stomach
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Change in behavior patterns together with paranoia, aggression and hostility.  
  • Convulsion and tremors
  • Skin color changes on fingers and toes
  • Teeth corrosion for smokers.

There may be other symptoms portrayed depending on the manner, patterns, durations and quantities of consumption. These are the factors that generally determine the extent or adversity of the side effects that are associated with the consumption of meth.

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Why do people get addicted to meth?

The purity of the drug itself will also dictate its adversity. During the manufacturing process the ingredients might be contaminated with toxic elements which will make the drug more harmful. The quality of the ingredients will also determine its harmful effects. So at the end of the day the quality of the drug will be the major determining attribute to the way in which it affects its users.

Not all users go out to abuse meth at the first instance. Despite it being a dangerous drug, it has been medically applied in the treatment of various conditions such as:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)
  • Obesity.

Common symptoms of meth addiction

In medical applications it has proved to be generally effective especially for weight loss. It has been applied as a last resort after other treatment remedies have failed. The drug is habit-forming and leads to impulsive control and hyperactivity as it affects chemicals in the brain and nerves. When used for prolonged periods it leads to addiction characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Thoughts of using the drug all the time
  • Dependency – needing to use it daily
  • Strong cravings
  • Difficulty in quitting even when the want is there.

For these reasons, medical consumption of the drug should be under strict supervision and adherence to the stipulated doses and duration of consumption. These symptoms are used to assess events of addiction when applied for medical courses. Immediate action is called for and eminent withdrawal is inevitable. Due to this nature, methamphetamine is classified as a prescription drug.

Criminal synthesis and consumption of meth a major concern. This means the drug is produced unprofessionally and in unregulated conditions. The quality of ingredients used in this production is questionable and often leads to rapid addiction and quick deterioration of the health condition of users. Symptoms appear earlier in the addiction cycle and the side effects are more adverse. The following late stage addiction symptoms appear earlier:

  • Rotting and degenerating teeth usually yellowed
  • Adamant skin sores
  • Paranoia
  • Protracted weight loss

This presents a serious crisis in the society as individuals affected quickly develop serious social problems. Most of them throw out virtues of dignity and honesty due to the personality and behavioral changes that come along with the use of this drug on unregulated basis. It becomes hard to connect with users as they distance themselves from those around them. They lie about the issue of using meth when approached and it becomes futile to convince them to get help if required.

Many users rapidly reshape their lives in the pursuit of satisfying their newfound crave- buying and using meth. The serious ventures of life are neglected as they will prioritize meth above all as the focus on drug use.

The following are telltale signs your loved ones have been and are growing meth addiction:

  • Dropping out of school
  • Difficulty keeping a job
  • Non participation in family events
  • Hardship to develop friendship
  • Trouble maintaining the home
  • Changes in sleep patterns-users can stay awake for days when using as well as sleep for days when not using
  • Lying and deceitfulness is evident as they begin to steal in order to buy and lying about where they were as well as hiding the truth about the addiction.
  • Psychosis. When high, the user may scream, talk or yell to non-present parties and portray violent outbursts.

If you, or someone you love, is suffering from a drug addiction, please get help right away. Start the process.

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