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    What is Crystal Meth Abuse?

    What is Crystal Meth Abuse?

    The drug abuse problem in the United States is currently an epidemic and doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. For many years, drugs have been an issue of all different genders, locations, ages, and social statuses. One of the more persistent drug abuse problems in the country is from crystal meth. It is a form of methamphetamine that is popular in rural areas mostly, but gaining popularity in big cities as well. It is very dangerous to anyone who uses it and highly addicting as well.

    What is Crystal Meth?

    Crystal meth, formally known as crystal methamphetamine, is a type of methamphetamine (meth). It goes by a variety of street names such as Tina, glass or ice. Crystal meth is a crystalized, colorless form of meth. Crystal meth is very addictive and is a powerful and dangerous stimulant to anyone who uses it. It causes a euphoric effect that can last a long time. Crystal meth is purer than other forms of meth, therefore it is the most popular type and has the highest euphoric and physiological effect. Crystal meth can be snorted smoked, injected, or swallowed.

    Difference Between Meth Abuse and Addiction

    People often get substance abuse and addiction confused. Abuse to crystal meth is actually different from addiction to crystal meth in many ways. Common signs of drug abuse include:

    1. Using the drug excessive
    2. Having a poor performance at work or school
    3. Starting to become socially isolated
    4. Doing reckless things while under the influence
    5. Being reckless when trying to obtain more crystal meth
    6. Having legal or financial troubles because of the meth
    7. Using meth even when noticing it is affecting personal relationships

    Abuse to crystal meth can lead to addiction; addiction involves being completely physically dependent on the drug and having your entire life revolving around the crystal meth.

    Signs of Crystal Meth Abuse

    There are many different signs and symptoms that can point to possible crystal meth abuse. The drug causes many physical, behavior, and psychological changes in someone when they start using it excessively. Some of the most common symptoms include:

    • Having Dilated Pupils
    • Extreme Weight Loss
    • Loss of Appetite
    • Odd Behavior (Such as being repetitive)
    • Hyperactivity
    • Eye twitching
    • Physical Changes like Skin Changes
    • Spots on the Skin
    • Rotting Teeth

    Someone abusing crystal meth might be up for days at a time and then have a crash that can be just as long as their periods of hyperactivity and alertness.

    Dangers of Crystal Meth Abuse

    Crystal meth poses short-term and long-term dangers to your health. The physical effects include:

    • Loss of Vision
    • Arrhythmias
    • Anorexia
    • Constipation
    • Bradycardia
    • Diarrhea
    • Profuse Sweating
    • Dizziness
    • Flushing
    • Headache
    • Dry Mouth
    • Hyperthermia
    • Hhypotension
    • Insomnia
    • Numbness
    • Heart Palpitations
    • Restlessness
    • Tachycardia
    • Rapid Breathing
    • Twitching
    • Tremors
    • Dry and Itchy Skin
    • Acne
    • Pallor

    Psychological Effects of Meth Abuse

    • Being Aggressive
    • Alert
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Concentration
    • Sensation of Power and Invincibility
    • Compulsive Skin Picking
    • Hallucinations
    • Irritability
    • Agitation
    • Being Over Self-Confident
    • Obsessive Behaviors
    • Paranoia

    Getting Meth Abuse Treatment

    If you are struggling with crystal meth abuse, the sooner you get treatment, the better off you will be. Crystal meth abuse can lead to addiction very quickly and make it that much harder to quit using. Keep in mind for the first few days you may suffer from withdrawal. This is the first stage of becoming sober and you have to just pull through it. However if your symptoms are too hard to handle, you can request medication therapy from the drug treatment facility. Some of the withdrawal symptoms you might experience include:

    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Dizziness
    • Agitation
    • Absence of Pleasure
    • Anxiety
    • Fatigue
    • Hunger
    • Insomnia
    • Moodiness
    • Very Strong Cravings

    If you can get past withdrawal, you will be on your way to getting proper treatment.

    Crystal meth abuse occurs before addiction and it needs to be treated as soon as possible. Contact drug treatment centers today 800-654-0987, without delay, to start on the road to recovery. Find support in a close family member or friend, and interview different facilities before you find the perfect fit. Make sure they offer different treatment options that are tailored to your exact level of abuse. This will help you avoid relapse and get the help you need.

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