Dealing with Methamphetamine Addiction
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are more than 4 million people that abuse Methamphetamine in the U.S. and another 12 million have tried the drug at least once. Surprisingly enough a large number are students. However, the SAMHSA also reported that in recent years there has been a decline in the number of people admitted to emergency rooms for Meth related incidents due largely to federal restrictions on the sale of items used to manufacture the drug.
What is Meth?
Ice, crystal, crystal meth, are all names given to Methamphetamine, or simply Meth as it is commonly called. Meth is a highly addictive man made drug that is cooked in secret labs. The main ingredients in Methamphetamine are ammonia, ether, methanol and reactive metals, among other chemicals. The chemicals that are cooked in Meth houses that make this drug are dangerous as they are toxic and explosive, in fact the toxins from such a lab can kill anyone nearby. There have been poisonings to individuals who moved into a house that was once used as a Meth lab.
How is Meth Used?
Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected and snorted. The drug affects the brain and central nervous system by releasing dopamine which allows the user to feel a euphoric sensation, increased arousal and adrenaline rush. Meth addicts may stay awake for days at a time until they crash from sleep deprivation. Long term Meth abuse will create a tolerance of the drug in the user’s system, which will require more of the drug in order to reach the same euphoric feeling as the previous time. Increasing the amount of the drug puts the individual at risk for drug overdose.
Signs and Symptoms of Meth Abuse
Long term Methamphetamine abuse can result in psychotic breaks which can lead to:
- Violent mood swings
- Aggression and anxiety
- Hallucinations and delusions
Meth mouth is a common occurrence in chronic meth abusers. Almost all of the signs and symptoms of Meth abuse and addiction is caused by dehydration and lack of sleep and not necessarily the drug itself. Once Meth addiction is established, the life of the abuser will be centered on getting more of the drug. Meth users often find themselves in situations that under different circumstances, they would never do such as sharing needles and trading sexual favors for the drug; practices that are responsible for an increase in sexually transmitted diseases and infectious diseases such as Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS. There are a number of psychological addiction qualities associated with Methamphetamine abuse and addiction including:
- Irritability and anxiety
- Psychological cravings
The Solution to Meth Addiction
The best method to remain Meth free is to learn how to self evaluate habits and to choose a more productive lifestyle. In Meth addiction, it may be necessary to enter a medical detox and rehab treatment program that will help you rebuild and begin you life free from drug abuse. If you or someone you know are struggling with Methamphetamine addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for Methamphetamine detox and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.