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    About Crystal Meth Addiction

    About Crystal Meth Addiction

    Crystal meth is one of the most powerful stimulants people can use and it is also highly addicting. Many people start using it casually, which leads to abuse of the drug and then addiction. Once you become addicted to crystal meth, you no longer feel like you have control over use of it and feel as if you can't function normally without it; it takes over your mind and your life. If you or someone you know is struggling with crystal meth addiction, there is help in drug treatment facilities. They will offer personalized treatment to help you through withdrawal, detox and beyond.

    What is Crystal Meth Addiction?

    Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine, the crystallized version of meth. Crystal is a colorless substance that acts as a powerful stimulant; it is also highly addicting as soon as the first use. Because of the intense euphoria it provides its user, crystal meth leads to addiction incredibly quickly. Many people go straight from using it to being physically dependent and addiction, skipping the middle substance abuse stage. Addiction to crystal meth means you can no longer control how much you use, what you do when getting it, or what you do while you're under the influence of meth. You might notice difference physical, psychological or behavioral changes, but you don't care because all that matters is getting more of the drug. Some of the street names for meth are ice, meth, speed and chalk; though it is usually called crystal or ice when in crystal meth form.

    How is Meth Addiction Different from Abuse?

    Substance abuse is also dangerous with short term and long term side effects, but it's not the same as addiction. With abuse to crystal meth, you know what you're doing and how it is affecting those around you, but you're not interested in quitting. With addiction, you're physically dependent on it and therefore unable to quit on your own even if you wanted to. This doesn't mean someone would need help to stop using crystal meth if they were addicted, but it is extremely difficult. Crystal meth abuse very often leads to full-blown addiction without proper treatment.

    Short and Long-Term Crystal Meth Effects

    There are side effects and dangers of using crystal meth that happen shortly after using it and when you have been using it for a while. The longer you are addicted to crystal meth, the worse it is going to be for you. Some of the short-term effects that you might experience include:

    • Hyperactivity
    • Alertness
    • Dilated Pupils
    • Insomnia
    • A Loss of Appetite
    • Trouble Concentrating
    • Crash and Mental Breakdown (When coming down from your high)
    • Delusions of Power
    • Nausea
    • Aggressiveness
    • Irritability

    Other side effects of being addicted to crystal meth include hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia and confusion. The convulsions can even lead to death.

    There is also significant long-term damage as well, including:

    • Cardiovascular Issues
    • Liver, Lung and Kidney Damage
    • Stroke
    • Increased Heart Rate
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Damages Blood Vessels of Your Brain
    • Memory Loss
    • Mood Swings
    • Memory Gaps
    • Destruction to the Tissues in Your Nose
    • Respiratory Breathing Problems
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Abscesses
    • Malnutrition
    • Anorexia from the Loss of Appetite
    • Depression
    • Psychosis
    • Severe Tooth Rotting and Decay
    • Disorientation
    • Exhaustion
    • Apathy
    • Psychological Dependence
    • Damage to Your Brain

    Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction

    Aside from these short term and long term effects, there are also signs you might notice in your friends or loved ones that hint at addiction to crystal meth. People suffering from drug addiction will often forget all about their obligations and responsibilities including relationships, work, school, finances and others. They will neglect their personal hygiene and physical appearance, and suddenly look sallow with decaying teeth and have bad odor. Addiction also causes someone to be completely wrapped up in their drug and getting more without worrying about what other might think.

    Treatment for Crystal Meth Addiction

    If you or someone you know is showing signs of crystal meth addiction, you need to get treatment sooner rather than later. You can avoid the potentially dangerous consequences of meth if you begin a treatment plan right away. Look for a drug treatment facility in your area that offers different types of treatments.

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