Is Meth Addictive?
Understanding the Dangers of Meth
Is meth addictive? Yes, addictive substances like meth produce an artificial feeling of pleasure by chemically mimicking normal brain messenger chemicals. The drug works to essentially “short-circuit” your body’s survival system by using fabricated chemicals to trick you into feeling pleasure and benefits, even though there is nothing beneficial happening.
Over time, this physical dependence on the drug can start to create a psychological dependence. When your mind begins to see the meth as not just a means to gain rewards in life (euphoric feelings), but necessary for daily life, it has turned into a psychological addiction.
The Highs & Lows of Meth Usage
While the initial usage of meth may give the individual a positive, euphoric feeling (the high), it is eventually followed by a not so pleasant rebound effect (the low). Like going up and down on a roller coaster, users will eventually need more and more thrills to keep the high going, or more and more meth. Now that the body has suppressed the normal production of the brain’s chemicals (the ones that normally produce positive feelings), this reaction can start to create feelings of irritability, anxiety, and anger. The body will physically crave more of the substance in order to experience the high again, to the point where the mind begins to believe that meth is necessary for survival (psychological dependence).
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