How Methamphetamine Effects Your Body

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As with other addictive substances, methamphetamine addiction begins with the first level: physical pleasure. While the user initially experiences physical cravings for the drug due to the fabricated chemical releases in their mind, the addiction quickly moves to the psychological level. This occurs when a person places total or primary confidence in the substance of meth to provide pleasure rather than any other survival needs (relationships, interests, etc.).

Identifying Physical Dependence

The things that once used to trigger a person’s normal reward system in their body now become far less important, even obsolete to the user in some cases. This is the feeling of physical dependence, where the drug eliminates almost all other natural drives, narrowing a person’s focus to meth usage alone.

The Danger of Psychological Dependence

Early on in the abuse cycle, meth will begin to make small pleasure impressions in the memory. While not noticeable at first, over time, these impressions will begin to build up and suppress the person’s natural chemistry. As this occurs, the survival mechanism will begin to see the pleasure feelings given by meth as not just euphoric, but necessary. This causes you to subconsciously believe that you “need” the drug, creating psychological dependence. When this occurs, breaking the addiction requires serious intervention and professional help.

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