Crystal meth is to methamphetamine what crack is to cocaine, a powerful and more concentrated version of the drug. The drug is intensely psychoactive and addictive; just one use of crystal meth can bring about a long period of symptoms tied to the drug’s presence and side effects related to withdrawal from it.
Unfortunately, a meth user will never reach the same euphoria level of their first meth experience, no matter how much of the drug they take. The drug literally creates an unfulfillable craving that makes a meth addict perpetually driven, frustrated, predatory, unpredictable, and sometimes dangerous. When someone is captive to meth addiction, they typically will do a great deal of damage to themselves, including death, before they ever seek addiction treatment for meth on their own.
Families & Meth Addiction
A professionally supervised intervention for meth addiction has the goal of bringing your loved one to realize the effects of their addiction on themselves and the family around them, to help them desire to be free of their addiction to meth. There is no quick and easy pathway to beat meth addiction, but meth addiction disorders can be treated successfully by medically supervised detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment or partial hospitalization, aftercare and relapse prevention. This process requires your loved one to want to be vested in their own success.
A careful position of compassion and love reinforced by a full understanding of the potential consequences of continued use has proven to the best approach to get a loved one facing meth addiction to agree to & support treatment.
If you have a loved one abusing methamphetamine or struggling with meth addiction, Call our experienced team at (601) 503-7771 for compassionate help. We provide free consultations & advice to every caller.
Methamphetamine is crystalline drug ingested in various ways including snorting (insufflation, or inhaling through the nose), smoking, or IV (intravenously, or injection with a syringe/ hypodermic needle). It is usually is clear or white in color but may also have a blue tint. Nicknames include crystal, speed, zoom, go, crank, tweak, ice, glass, rock candy, shizzo, yaba, fire, uppers, poor man’s cocaine or shards, and the drug is often referred to as Tina in public by addicts.
Methamphetamine acts on the brain by increasing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, leading to euphoria followed by a crash, otherwise known as coming down. Users typically develop a powerful desire to continue using crystal meth because the drug creates a strong (albeit false) sense of well-being, elation, and a rush of energy. As is the case with many other stimulants, the meth user also experiences decreased appetite.
The Dangers of Meth
The effects of methamphetamine generally last from six to eight hours, but can sometimes last up to 24 hours or more when consumed heavily. Part of the attraction to users of meth is that it offers a relatively low cost compared to the length of the effects.
The crash that occurs after being high on crystal meth is so severe and unpleasant that users often ingest yet more of the drug, a quality shared by crack cocaine. After a time, meth users are known to have difficulty achieving any feelings of pleasure at all.
Meth addicts typically suffer horrible consequences physically, psychologically, and socially, and the drug will usually completely devastate their lives if allowed to go un-checked. The wide-ranging adverse health effects of crystal meth include memory loss, anorexia, malnutrition, aggression, psychosis/psychotic behavior, heart damage, insomnia, and chronic dental problems thought to be caused primarily by xerostomia (dry mouth) and bruxism (grinding teeth).