Methamphetamine is a psychoactive drug that has a stimulatory effect on the central nervous system. On the street it is known as “tik”, “crystal meth”, “speed”, or “meth”. Methamphetamine is known colloquially as an “upper” because it increases energy and alertness. In higher doses it can induce a feeling of general well-being and enhance self-esteem and sexual appetite. Although it has been approved for use in treating certain disorders (such as ADHD and exogenous obesity) it is known to be highly addictive and users are prone to abuse it and so is tightly controlled.
Methamphetamine is toxic to neurons in the dopaminergic system, one of the most important chemical pathways in the brain. Chronic abuse has been associated with withdrawal symptoms lasting even up to a year. During this time patients can experience psychosis and other severe withdrawal symptoms. An overdose of methamphetamine can also lead to physical harm – for example in cardiovascular damage.
Methamphetamine is often seen by addicts as being one of the most difficult drugs to stop using. It is highly recommended that you seek professional rehab help. Not only will this improve the safety and comfort of your detox but you are more likely to be able to stay clean off the drug.
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Symptoms of Meth abuse
Parents and loved ones often ask us how to identify possible signs that their family member is abusing meth. Some of the visible physical signs include: loss of appetite, hyperactivity, dilated pupils, dry mouth, diarrha, flushing, insomnia,increased breathing rates, and tremors. Less visible physical symptoms include heart arrhythmia, hypotension, headaches, increased heart rate, numbness, and palpitations.
In addition to physical symptoms meth abuse will lead to psychological symptoms such as: euphoria, increased sexual appetite, self-esteem, sociability, irritability, aggressiveness, trembling, delusions of grandeur, hallucinations, feeling invincible, paranoia, obsessive behaviour, and even psychosis with high doses.
It should be very clear that methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug. If you are concerned about a loved one please do not delay in seeking expert medical advice.
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If a person uses Methamphetamine over a prolonged period of time their body becomes increasingly used to the presence of this harmful chemical. It actually adjusts itself to be able to try and cope with the chemicals and eventually becomes so “adjusted” that it requires a certain level of the drug to be present in order to function “normally”. This is known as physical dependence.
If a dependent person stops using methamphetamine they will suffer withdrawal symptoms which can be very unpleasant. This is a result of the body being forced to readjust itself. Symptoms of meth withdrawal include fatigue, depression, and increased appetite. The severity and duration of the symptoms is influenced by the length of time and the quantities of meth that the patient used. Other symptoms associated with meth withdrawl include thinking about suicide, agitation, irratibility, headaches, sleeping too much, and having unusually vivid dreams.
Note that it is very important to consult with an experience medical practitioner before undertaking a meth detoxification. It is safest for you to check into a specialised detox centre where you will be monitored by trained nurses and doctors. If you would like help in finding such a detox center then please call us on +27 61 26 73422
How to tell if someone is using methamphetamine
Apart from the symptoms listed above there are a number of tell-tale signs that can help you in deciding if your loved one might be using methamphetamine. One give-away may be the presence of paraphernalia associated with drug use. Meth can be injected (this is the most dangerous way to use the drug) so keep a look out for used needles. Of course there are other drugs that are also injected, but if you find needles you should find out why your loved one has them. Injecting drugs (not just meth) is associated with numerous health risks – particularly when needles are shared or if the drug is mixed with other chemicals.
Methamphetamine can also be smoked in specially blown glass pipes or off alumninium foil. Where smoking heroin is known as “chasing the dragon” the practice of smoking meth off foil is known as “chasing the white dragon”. Smoking methamphetamine can lead to lung damage.
Similar to cocaine, methamphetamine can be “snorted” up the nose after being crushed into a fine powder. It is absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes in the nose. You could keep a lookout for straws or rolled up banknotes, as well as noticing if your loved one is perpetually sniffing.
Don’t delay in getting Methamphetamine rehab
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