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Effects of Crystal Meth Abuse

man discusses effects of crystal meth abuse with doctor

Crystal meth is a highly addictive crystalline drug that can be snorted, smoked, or injected into the veins.  It is one of the most destructive drugs available, and will quickly and efficiently deteriorate the mind and body of the user.  Crystal meth is a stimulant, like cocaine, but can be up to three times as powerful at a far lower price. While the initial experience of crystal meth may induce artificial euphoria, the short- and long-term effects of the drug are ugly and terrifying.   The Brain: Using crystal meth creates an extreme feeling of adrenaline caused by a huge spike in dopamine production in the brain.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in creating a sense of reward that prompts the brain to crave repetition of certain activities.  When this chemical is overproduced, it can lead to a nearly immediate addiction. The high associated with crystal meth can last up to fourteen hours and is followed by extreme fatigue and agitation as the drug leaves the system.  With repetitive use, crystal meth users can become perpetually irritable and aggressive, especially after long periods of sleep deprivation. The comedown off meth may also induce psychosis that presents similarly to schizophrenia in some users. The Body: Those who become addicted to crystal meth are at an increased risk of many health issues, as well as potentially dangerous situations.  Crystal meth can cause the user to become violent and impulsive, which may lead to injury, arrest, or death. Additionally, crystal meth greatly increases the likelihood of heart attack and stroke, as well as mental illness and suicide.  Over a relatively short period of time, crystal meth creates visible damage to the teeth and ages the user significantly, causing those who become addicted to it to appear much older than they are. Recovery from crystal meth addiction is possible, but it often requires professional help.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  We use an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness.  If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.