Meth Addiction Symptoms
The tragedy of meth addiction is
that it is a one-way street leading to nowhere.
The rush of euphoria and energy that meth addicts think they are getting
when they take a hit is only the temporary wave of pleasure, followed by the
ruination of their life. Meth addiction symptoms are not that hard to spot, as
this drug is so highly addictive and very quickly puts the user on a downward
Made in small,
portable clandestine labs, meth amphetamine affects the central nervous
Unlike an amphetamine
pharmaceutical, perhaps used for weight control, meth delivers a large amount
of the drug into the brain, so it is more intense and lasts longer.
The drug is highly addictive and widely abused.
There are some medical uses however, such as small doses for
the control of sleeping sickness (narcolepsy) and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the administration of the drug is under very
strict conditions and the drug is manufactured under very specific guidelines,
not on someone’s garage.
Meth used to be sold
Years ago, some
stimulant drugs were readily available over-the-counter and still are in some
countries. Drugs such as Benzedrine
(bennies) were used by people as a pick-me-up, but not necessarily for
recreation. Meth, the kind we will
discuss in this article, is a
recreational drug only, illegal and dangerous.
It is used to get high and for no medical purpose at all. Meth addiction symptoms will soon begin and so will addiction for many.
Because it is
highly addictive, meth addiction symptoms will show quickly with continued
use. It’s one of those drugs that
produces a short-term high and so addicts will “binge and crash” on this stuff,
trying to keep the high going for as long as possible before they can’t
The drug is a stimulant, so they will stay awake for days
doing the drug, which is a sure sign of addiction.
Sooner or later the body has to sleep and the
brain can take just so much stimulation before it has to rest.This is the meth addiction symptoms so dangerous.
The addict may not eat or sleep for days, so
it is easy to see that the health consequences are enormous.
Often smoked to get
the high quickly
addicts will smoke meth because it gets to the brain quickly and the “rush” is
very intense. They can ingest the drug
or crush it and snort it, but the high just isn’t the same and it takes a few
minutes to take effect. Ingesting meth
will take up to 20 minutes for the high to come on.
takes a hit of meth, they will likely get energetic as the stimulant goes to
work. They might become very chatty and
talk a million miles an hour, or their energy level kicks in and they want to
Meth works on the
central nervous system
But remember that the drug is working on the central nervous
system, so there can be side effects that are unexpected and unwanted.
As the drug takes hold, or wears off, users
can become paranoid instead of euphoric. They can become nervous, anxious and
The stimulant may cause rapid heart rate with irregular
heart rate and high blood pressure. They can also experience involuntary muscle
reactions, such as a kind of twitching or jerking, or go into convulsions.
The drug can also cause an increase in body
temperature and all of these symptoms in conjunction can cause death.People often overlook these meth addiction symptoms.
will likely lose weight and that’s a sure sign.
There is also “meth mouth” which is literally the rotting of the teeth. Malnutrition is another concern.
family members may not notice all of the symptoms at first, but just observing
the person’s behavior is going to tell you a lot about what is going on. As the disease progresses, they will lose
interest in just about every aspect of like, including but not limited to their
family, their children, their relationships, their job and their place in
Because they crave the high and are constantly chasing the
high which they never seem to duplicate after their first experience, the drug
takes center stage and controls every aspect of their life. The drug causes the
brain to release dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter that regulates
pleasure, but the trouble is it causes the release of up to 12 times more
dopamine than the everyday pleasures of life. These meth addiction symptoms must be understood before anyone uses this terrible drug.
That kind of intense high is what drives the addict.
There is no more
They must use.
Like other drugs of addiction, as the disease progresses, it
takes increasingly greater amounts of the drug to achieve the desired effects,
but it never satisfies. For those who love them it’s a difficult drama to watch
and it requires a strong hand and determination to help pull them out of the
have to feed the addiction, so they make very poor decisions. Their craving for
the drug may cause them to manufacture the drug, which can be very dangerous,
as those small meth labs are known to explode from time-to-time, sending meth
brewers to the emergency room. To get the drug, addicts might take to the
street and sell themselves. They might
steal from their own families, or rob convenience stores, or even commit and
armed robbery on the street. The drug
takes over all reason, so the unthinkable becomes a possibility.
and very moody
When denied the
drug, the meth addict can become depressed, irritated, moody and maybe even
dangerous. The drug affects the brain,
so the brain is tricked into thinking that the meth belongs there. The addict needs to drug to feel good.
It is indeed a one-way road to nowhere.
Treatment is the
only answer. If you have ever seen a meth addict you understand that death is
really the final outcome of unchecked meth addiction. Addicts must get treatment! They won’t want it, they will deny being
addicted and they will likely fight the process, but family members and friends
must be strong and persevere. There is no good alternative, other than for the
addict to see for him/her self that getting off that road is the only option.
Other symptoms include:
Many of these symptoms will appear after binging on meth, when the drug will no longer produce the required high. Called “tweaking” these meth addiction symptoms become very severe. The most common symptoms are:
- horrible feelings of emptiness
- loss of sense of identity
- intense itching
- feelings of bugs crawling
- unable to sleep for days
- completely psychotic state existing in own world,
- seeing and hearing things that no one else can perceive
- hallucinations are so vivid that they seem real
from reality, becoming hostile
- increased self-mutilation
These are extremely serious symptoms, which require medical supervision for treatment.