Methamphetamine is one of the most harmful and deadliest drugs in the United States. Crystal meth, also known as speed, chalk, glass or ice, is a central nervous system stimulant that is similar to amphetamines. An amphetamine is an addictive, synthetic, and mood altering stimulant that is highly addictive, but can be prescribed to young individuals with ADD. Meth is a white, odorless, and bitter-tasting powder that is dissolvable. Although the number of meth users has decreased in the United States in the last couple years, there are still many individuals who use and are at risk of hurting their brain and body.
There are many signs of meth use that are portrayed when an individual is using. Of these signs that can be seen, is unusual sleeping routines. This means the user could be sleeping around the same amount, but could be extremely energetic for a couple days and then feel completely drained the next couple days after that. More effects of meth use include lack of motivation, lying, becoming more secretive, loss of appetite, significant weight loss, twitching, and scratching of the skin.
The effects of meth can destroy the body. Users of meth are susceptible to:
- Lack of an appetite
- Louder breathing
- Inflammation of the lining of the heart
- Extreme mood fluctuations
- Cardiovascular failure
- Scarred veins
- Liver and kidney disease
- Kidney damage
- Increased blood pressure
- Uneven heart beat
- Psychosis with visual hallucinations
- Boils and sores on the skin
- Dental problems (meth mouth)
- Having violent behavior
Schick Shadel offers a medical-based addiction treatment for individuals addicted to meth.
Our team of medical professionals at Schick Shadel Hospital have helped more than 68,000 people in the past 80 years using a medical approach to beat addictions for drugs such as opiates, marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call us at (800) 272-8464 to speak with one of our intake specialists to learn more about our counter conditioning method, or fill out our online form to send us a confidential message to begin your process of seeking help. Your call and information is always 100% confidential.
NIDA. (2013, September 19). Methamphetamine Retrieved February 14, 2018, from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/methamphetamine