Crystal Meth is a cheap drug that has tremendous and devastating effects on the individual addicted to it. Nearly four million people in the U.S. abuse or are addicted to the drug according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA.
Crystal Meth Effects the Brain
One of the potentials for danger is the manner in which Crystal Meth is used. Individuals heat the drug and inhale the toxic fumes. These fumes affect the dopamine in brain which is released when the body experiences pleasure. Crystal Meth triggers that reaction, which in turn produces more dopamine. Over a long period of time the brain may suffer trauma from increased drug abuse which could lead to memory loss and emotional instability.
Physical Effects and Disease
Crystal Meth abuse or addiction will lead to the shrinking of blood vessels and the supporting tissue and skin. As the skin becomes dry, it looses elasticity. Some individuals develop acne that never seems to heal. Others may develop a phenomenon known as “skin crawling” in which the individual feels as if there are bugs crawling on their skin and they literally scratch, dig and tear at their skin. Crystal Meth can also lead to deteriorating teeth and gums. “Meth mouth” as it is often referred to, is indicated by rotting teeth that may be stained, crumbling, blackened and breaking apart. Once the teeth reach such as stage, even if the individual quits their Crystal Meth abuse or addiction; the only recourse for Meth mouth is to pull the teeth and get dentures. It is a misconception that people who only abuse Crystal Meth a few times can avoid any health complications. Studies by the International Journal of Drug Policy have indicated that individuals who used Crystal Meth in large amounts, even for very brief amounts of time experienced panic attacks, paranoia, violent behavior as well as irregular heart rate and chest pains. Tragically, many individuals who abuse or are addicted to Crystal Meth often times result to illicit behavior in order to support their drug habit. A great number of these exchange sexual favors for the drug which puts them at a high risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as hepatitis, HIV and AIDS.
Indication of Crystal Meth Addiction
There are some indications that Crystal Meth addiction is likely such as being obsessed with getting more of the drug, thinking about getting high and fear that you will not be able to get more of the drug. Other indications are spending the bill or grocery money on the drug as well as becoming defensive when your loved ones question your behavior or drug use.
Getting Help for Drug Abuse
In most cases, Crystal Meth users also have other drug and or alcohol abuse as well that may require medical detox. Medical detox will clean the toxins from your body that have accumulated as a result of your substance abuse and addiction, while keeping you comfortable so that you complete the detox process. If you are unsure as to whether or not you need a detox and rehab treatment program, consult with your doctor. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug 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 detox from alcohol and drugs 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.