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Treating the Signs of Meth Abuse

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While most people know that meth is a dangerous drug, many would likely sit silent if asked for an in-depth answer as to why. In terms of recreational drug culture, meth has had an interesting time. It’s hard to think of a single positive representation of meth, whether it be in movies, television, or literature. Upon further research into the drug, it’s easy to see why. Meth is, first and foremost, a stimulant, one that gets the body moving with an excess of energy and excitement. That’s the upside to the drug, but beyond that, there’s not much else that can be positively said. That is primarily because of meth’s extreme addictiveness and harmful effects on the body. Even short-term meth use can lead to addiction, but addiction is almost inevitable when using meth consistently over extended periods. However, recovery is most certainly possible through a meth addiction treatment program.

What Is Meth?

Meth, whether smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested, affects the body by going straight to the nervous system. Developed in the early 20th century, meth was originally taken as a nasal decongestant and bronchial inhaler. Like many stimulants, meth derives its pleasurable effects by flooding the brain with a chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that is often associated with pleasure and happiness. There are many different forms that meth can take, the most popular of which are powders, pills, liquid, or crystal. The adverse effects and health risks of using meth are widely known and thoroughly studied, yet the drug remains popular. This is because of how highly addictive the substance is, especially when consumed consistently.

Meth vs. Crystal

Due to certain media representations, much social debate has arisen regarding meth vs. crystal meth. Much of this debate is soaked in confusion and misinformation, leading people to think that one is less dangerous than the other. While crystal meth is considered to be a more pure form of meth, one that delivers a more intense and fulfilling high, both are incredibly dangerous. It could be argued that, due to the purity of crystal, users may find themselves developing an addiction more quickly. Regardless, both forms of the drug are incredibly harmful to the body and will lead to the same addiction and adverse outcomes.

Signs of Meth Abuse and Addiction

The signs of meth use can quickly become apparent as the drug works fast, wreaking havoc on the body and brain. One of the most commonly associated side effects of meth use is a sudden drop-off in interest in areas of life that once held a high priority. Most people will attempt to hide their addiction from their friends and loved ones so that they can continue using unabated.

This coverup is bound to unravel at some point as meth addiction is known to drive users towards engaging in behaviors they once thought unthinkable. Some of the most commonly reported signs of meth use and addiction are:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Paranoia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Agitation
  • Skin sores
  • Rotting teeth
  • Burns on and surrounding fingertips
  • Mood swings
  • Weight loss
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Reduced appetite
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Insomnia/erratic sleep patterns
  • Hyperactivity

If you or a loved one demonstrates signs of meth abuse, now is the right time to get help.

Finding Meth Addiction Treatment at Insight Recovery NC

While meth is highly addictive, meth addiction can be overcome with the right help. At Insight Recovery NC, we understand how scary the path to recovery can seem. That is why our curriculum is designed to provide our patients with all the support possible to that they may overcome their dependence and live a healthy life free from addiction. For more information on meth addiction treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call 828.826.1376.