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Meth Addiction – What Is It?
Meth, or methamphetamine, is a strong, white, odorless crystalline powder that causes countless deaths and results in a strong addiction for the user. Meth is a stimulant drug that is known by many different names. Crystal, speed, chalk, ice and glass are just a few of the names given to this drug.
Meth addiction changes everything about the person who is abusing the drug. Life of a meth addict can often look broken and out of control. This particular drug allows users to stay up for days at a time because the need for sleep is no longer there. Sleeplessness can be very dangerous in which meth addicts stay up for days or even weeks at a time. Paranoia, obsession and compulsions set in causing the user to become fixated on seemingly pointless things. Meth addiction also causes the addict to lie, manipulate and even commit crimes in order to get the drugs that they need to function. This meth addict behavior begins to take over the life of what the person once was and can prove to be the best way to determine if a person is suffering from meth addiction.
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Is meth addictive?
Meth is arguably the most dangerous drug that any person can use. The poisons from this drug systematically destroy the central nervous system, brain and body right away. Because meth works so quickly to destroy the body and burn up the resources, the body adjusts to having meth and immediately becomes dependent on the drug in order to function properly. So, how long does it take to become addicted to meth? Many users will become addicted as soon as their first use, others might not get addicted until their second or third use, however eventually everyone that abuses meth will become addicted.
Meth is addictive, but a question that most ask is meth addictive physically or psychologically and just how addictive is meth? The simple answer is yes it is both physically and psychologically additive and it is extremely addictive. Through extended use of meth the body begins to build up a tolerance to the drug resulting in the user needing more and more of the drug in order to get the same effect and have a sense of a “normal” feeling. As the body is building up this tolerance it becomes used to having the drug on a daily basis. Once you take the drug away withdrawal begins and the body begins to suffer from the lack of the drug that it is used to receiving. Once meth is taken away from the body, severe symptoms can present themselves. Such symptoms include nausea, extreme fatigue, shaking, sweating and tachycardia. The easiest way to determine is a person is physically addicted to meth is to stop using it and see how the body reacts to the lack of the drug.
In addition to physical addiction meth is also extremely addictive psychologically. Once meth becomes a regular and common substance it is extremely difficult to live or even imagine living life without the drug. For addicts, drugs are like air. They cannot remember a time in which you didn’t have it and cannot live without continuing to have it. These ideas and thoughts plague the minds of addicts constantly; the thought that they cannot survive without it. Often times, people have become so used to the drug that they cannot physically do anything until they have received their daily dose of meth. For example, certain tasks or obstacles seem impossible to do, however once they use meth they feel that they can accomplish anything. The psychological addiction to meth is the greatest and most difficult part of the recovery process for any person suffering from meth addiction.
Signs of Meth Addiction
Meth addiction can rear its ugly head in several different ways. Isolation, changes in personality (such as overly talkative and constant feelings of euphoria), increased alertness with decreased fatigue and a decreased appetite followed by weight loss are all signs of meth addiction. In addition there are numerous physical signs of meth addiction that are often noticed first or more prominently. Skin picking which is the process of meth addicts picking at their skin causing open sores to appear is one of the most noticeable symptoms of meth abuse and can appear to look like severe acne. Skin crawling, tooth decay, hair loss, weight loss, and an overall decrease in physical hygiene and well-being are all signs of meth addiction.
Why is meth so addictive? Meth is one of the most powerful drugs that a person can take. It is three times as powerful as cocaine and causes the body to release ten times the normal amount of dopamine in the brain, which is the pleasure chemical. This chemical release is why so many meth addicts appear to have a euphoric feeling at almost all times. Meth also gives the user a rush of adrenaline and the feeling is so intense it is sometimes referred to as the “super-man high”. This feeling is what all addicts are after from the moment of their first use and it is what they strive to achieve again regardless of the lasting and damaging affects the drug has to other areas of the body and to their life.
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Meth Addiction Statistics
Some staggering and eye-opening statistics can show just how often meth is used by people all over from many different walks of life. These statistics show that meth is not selective on who becomes addicted. Meth will affect the life of any person who can get their hands on it.
- 3 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried Meth
- Children between the ages of 12 and 17 have admitted to being addicted to Meth
- $1,000 worth of ingredients is enough to make $20,000 worth of product
- In 2004 over 3,000 children were removed from meth labs
- Most report using meth because it is easily accessible and inexpensive
- 24% of meth users are under the age of 18 with 35% of users between the ages of 18-23
- In 2011 alone, the United States attributed over 100,000 E.R. visits to meth
- By 2012, the admission for meth treatment rose to over 49,000
- Over 2,000 people die each year from meth
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