Methamphetamine (also referred to as meth, crystal, and ice, etc.) is an addictive stimulant that is chemically similar to amphetamines (speed.) Meth usually takes the form of a clear or white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder or rock-like appearance.
Using even a small amount of meth can lead to many similar physical effects as other stimulant drugs, such as cocaine. Meth used to be mostly homegrown in clandestine labs in the U.S., but now much of the meth on the street has been imported from Mexico.
Signs of Meth Use
Meth use significantly impacts a user’s brain and body. These effects are often noticeably present in a number of areas of his or her life. It is not uncommon for frequent meth users to exhibit these behavioral signs of addiction:
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities once considered important
- Neglect of relationships
- Isolating from others and change in social groups
- Risky financial behavior, such as using savings to buy meth
- Criminal behavior, such as stealing money or items in order to buy meth
- Obsessive focus on a certain task, just as cleaning or organizing
- Forgetting important dates or events
- Distracted behavior in social situations
- Risky and impulsive sexual behavior
- Erratic sleep patterns, such as insomnia
- Hyperactivity and extremely high energy, talkativeness
- Extreme loss of appetite
- Displaying a tic or repetitive behavior, such as pulling hair or picking at a particular spot on the skin
- Increased aggressive or violent behavior
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Symptoms of Meth Use
Meth abuse can result in a wide variety of physical and psychological effects as their entire body is adversely impacted by the drug.
The following are common physical symptoms of meth addiction:
- Sudden or extreme weight loss
- Extreme sweating
- Irregular breathing
- Slow-healing sores
- Dilated pupils
- Burns, especially on lips or fingers
- Track marks on arms
- Rotting or broken teeth (also known as “meth mouth”)
- Bad breath
- Premature skin aging
The following are common psychological symptoms of meth addiction:
- Anxiety and agitation
- Nervousness and fidgeting
- Mood swings
- Belief there are insects crawling under the skin
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Treatment for Meth Addiction
Our center consists of an experienced team of qualified medical and mental health professionals that can develop a customized plan to help you overcome meth addiction. Our program includes a variety of evidence-based approaches, including behavioral therapy, counseling, and group support.
Recovery from meth abuse is possible if you have the right tools to identify and cope with addiction triggers and maintain sobriety long-term. Our center can provide you with those tools and help you regain your life!
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