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Methamphetamine addiction

Methamphetamine addiction

Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that effortlessly dissolves in water or alcohol.


Compared to similar stimulants, much higher levels of methamphetamine enter the brain, making it a more potent stimulant drug. It results in having a longer lasting and more harmful effect on the central nervous system. Methamphetamine affects the brain and usually stimulates feelings of pleasure, increases energy and elevates mood. Methamphetamines give the user the capability to stay awake and perform continuous activity with fewer requirements for sleep. Methamphetamines, like regular amphetamines, also suppress a person’s appetite and are known to be of use by people trying to lose weight quickly.


Methamphetamine is a very addictive stimulant that can be smoked, injected, inhaled or taken by mouth. Symptoms of meth abuse are known to include:
  • Increased attention and decreased fatigue
  • Increase in activity and wakefulness
  • Increase in talkativeness
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Euphoria and experiencing a rush
  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid/irregular heartbeat
  • Hyperthermia
There are many warning signs to look out for when you may think you or a loved one may be addicted to methamphetamine. The physical appearance of a person using methamphetamines can usually provide several key clues to their addiction signs of use usually include:
  • Skin picking: methamphetamine addicts are known to compulsively pick at their skin. The marks left by this picking can look similar to an extreme case of acne, leaving open sores on the face.
  • Skin crawling: methamphetamine addicts usually will complain about having crawling skin, a disorder known as formication.
  • Tooth decay: Another common sign is tooth loss or tooth decay.
  • Hair loss: The lack of nutrients in an addict's body as well as the dangerous chemicals they ingest, causes hair breakage.


Long term effects of methamphetamine use usually include:

  • Psychosis, including:
    • paranoia
    • hallucinations
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Memory loss
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Severe and persistent dental problems
  • Rapid weight loss


The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions. These interventions usually happen in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Techniques are created to help modify the individuals thoughts, expectancies, and behaviors and to increase skills in coping with life stressors. Methamphetamine recovery support groups are also effective combined with behavioral interventions, which can lead to long-term drug-free recovery. There aren’t any particular pharmacological treatments for the dependence of amphetamine or amphetamine-like drugs such as methamphetamine.

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