Not only is meth highly abused, it's one of the most difficult addictions for a person to overcome. Not everyone that uses meth becomes addicted but for those that do, the long term effects can be debilitating. Many people that have sought treatment for their addiction to meth, struggle during early recovery and end up relapsing because of the powerful hold the stimulant drug has on them mentally and physically.
The long term effects of meth abuse may not only include chronic addiction but very uncomfortable symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, confusion, mood problems, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and even violent behavior. Delusional behaviors can include feelings of insects crawling under their skin which leads them to continuously scratching until they develop sores that often become infected.
Unfortunately there isn't any medication available as of yet that's effective in treating meth addiction which is estimated to affect " 25 million people" around the world but due to research, someday there may be. According to a news release from The Scripps Research Institute, an experimental meth vaccine was performed by scientists on rats that have shown "promising results". According to their news release, "if the vaccine proves effective in humans too, it could become the first specific treatment for meth addiction".
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