It is known as Ice, Crank, Quartz, and Glass, but it is all Crystal Meth. According to the organization Drug Free World, there are more than 24.7 million users worldwide and an estimated 500 tons of the drug produced each year. There is no disputing that crystal meth is a global problem, and the effects of crystal meth can be dangerous.
Different From Other Drugs
What sets Crystal Meth apart from other drugs is the length of time of the “high” – or euphoric sensation. While the euphoria created by other drugs is a short- term, Crystal Meth gives a long-term (as long as 12 hours) elated feeling. While the “high” may seem appealing, the ingredients used to make the drug may not be so much so and can include:
- Brake Fluid
- Lighter Fluid
- Sudafed or Ephedrine
In most cases, users heat the drug inhaling the fumes. However, it can also be taken orally, snorted, or injected. Regardless of the method of use, the effects are all equal: a false sense of happiness, confidence, and well-being, combined with an increase in energy. Crystal meth causes changes in the brain’s dopamine production, stimulating pleasure. Research indicates that continued and severe use of the drug may lead to psychological instability, memory loss, and psychotic breaks.
Gruesome Effects of Crystal Meth
The physical effects of Crystal Meth abuse/addiction are pretty devastating and not difficult to miss. “Meth mouth” is one of the most evident indications that someone is using the drug, which includes the rotting of the teeth and gums. Most physicians report that once this happens, the individual will most likely lose all their teeth. Most users develop acne that never heals and becomes infected. They may have open sores on their body from digging and scratching. Many addicts experience a sensation known as “skin crawling,” in which they imagine that bugs are running across their skin, which results in their habitual scratching. “Chicken skin” is another indication of abuse/addiction as the drug will cause the blood vessels to shrink, the skin to become dry, and a loss of elasticity, making it difficult to support the skin causing a loose, wrinkled effect.
To support their drug use, many Crystal Meth addicts will resort to illicit behavior, including criminal behavior or using sex as a means to get more of the drug, which puts them at a greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Additionally, individuals who inject the drug may share needles, putting them at risk for Hepatitis B and C and HIV/ AIDS.
Drug Treatment Admissions
As the use of this drug continues to grow, so does the number of individuals seeking drug treatment. In fact, the number of admissions to treatment facilities in the U.S. has tripled in the last decade. In Hawaii, nearly 50 percent of persons seeking treatment reported crystal meth as the drug they used. Further, it is not uncommon for crystal meth users to also abuse other drugs and alcohol and require additional treatment.
Reversing the Effects of Crystal Meth with Gallus Detox Centers
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. We provide both safe and comfortable treatments to help you overcome your addiction, such as:
We will also help you plan for your continued recovery. For instance, you may enter a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program, or seek additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 888.228.9114 to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.