Methamphetamines, or “meth,” have legitimate medical uses for treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders and for certain sleep disorders. If you’re using meth solely for the euphoric high that it can generate, you’re abusing the drug and endangering your life.
You may have ingested meth in a number of ways, including snorting or smoking it, dissolving it in water or alcohol and injecting it, or simply swallowing it. Smoking or snorting meth will create a strong sense of euphoria within three to five minutes. You can achieve a similar euphoria in roughly fifteen minutes after swallowing it. In each case, your high will be followed by an extreme crash. Meth abusers quickly seek out a new dose to recover from the crash, and establish a pattern of binging and crashing that is difficult to escape.
If you’re using and abusing meth that you purchased from an illegal street supplier, in all probability you’re also ingesting high levels of toxic chemicals, including battery acid, ammonia and paint thinner. By itself, meth abuse results in chronic physical and psychological damage. The toxins and the uncontrolled concentrations of meth in products that are purchased illegally further compound these adverse results.
Meth abusers frequently deny their addictions and instead report that the drug increases their libidos and makes them feel energized. Meth affects the central part of the abuser’s brain, which controls pleasures, cravings, and instinctive reactions. Meth abuse suppresses logic and reason and instead emphasizes a primitive pleasure response. If you’re abusing meth, your ability to understand or appreciate your addiction will be clouded by the effects of meth on your brain. Over time, your brain will be rewired to demand more meth with no concurrent sense of euphoria. Even low doses of meth will create this addiction cycle.
Over time, meth abuse will affect every part of your life, including your health, employment, and relationships with friends and family. Meth will be irreversibly affect your brain with chemical and molecular changes that degrade your logical and emotional stability. These changes can persist for long periods after you stop using meth.
Meth withdrawal can be long and difficult, and the majority of meth abusers experience several relapses. If you’re abusing meth, you will probably need medical assistance to end that abuse. You’ll first go through a period of detox to purge the meth from your system, then proceed into a rehab program with behavioral therapy and counseling. Because meth abuse creates a strong addictive response, most meth detox and rehab programs will require you to reside at the treatment center during your detox and rehab.
Methamphetamines have been called the most dangerous abused drug in the world. If you’re using meth to get high, then without question you’re abusing it. Your ability to appreciate and understand the dangers of that abuse are being affected every day by the meth itself. Your best course of action is to talk to an addiction counselor at Treatment Now about your use and abuse of meth, and to follow their advice on how to end that abuse with proper treatment.
If you’re struggling with a dependency on Methamphetamines and need help getting clean, call us at a Treatment Now for a free consultation to learn about your options.
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