Crystal Meth Addiction

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Crystal Meth Addiction

Post  Kunoichi on Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:52 pm

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth is a very addictive, harmful and dangerous form of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a type of amphetamine, speed or stimulant. Methamphetamine's chemical structure is very similar to amphetamines, but it has a far more pronounced effect on the user's central nervous system. The word crystal refers to its crystalline appearance and the term "meth" is short for methamphetamine. It is usually sold in small cubes of odorless, bitter-tasting crystals. Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant that strongly activates certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Crystal meth users feel a short yet intense "rush" when the drug is initially administered. The effects of methamphetamine include increased activity, decreased appetite, and a sense of well being that can last from 20 minutes to 12 hours.
How crystal meth is used

Methamphetamine comes in several forms and can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected. The drug alters the user's mood in different ways, depending on how it is taken. Immediately after smoking the drug or injecting it intravenously, the user experiences an intense rush or "flash" that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Snorting or oral ingestion produces euphoria, a high but not an intense rush. Snorting produces effects within 3 to 5 minutes, and oral ingestion produces effects within 15 to 20 minutes. As with similar stimulants, methamphetamine most often is used in a "binge and crash" pattern. Because tolerance for methamphetamine occurs within minutes, users try to maintain the high by using the drug continuously, or binging, on the drug.

What are Meth Effects and Symptoms of using crystal meth?

* Dizziness
* Tachycardia
* Convulsions
* Sweating
* Decreased appetite ( anorexia )
* Euphoria (followed by depression)
* Insomnia
* Respiratory problems
* Brain damage
* Hypothermia
* Anger
* Paranoia
* Anxiety
* Aggressiveness
* Hostility
* Tremors
* Skin abscesses
* Hallucinations

Meth Effects - Side Effects of using Crystal Meth

Meth effects include convulsions, dangerously high body temperature, stroke, cardiac arrhythmia, stomach cramps, and shaking. Chronic abuse can lead to psychotic behavior including intense paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations and out of control rages. Chronic users develop sores on their bodies from scratching imaginary bugs crawling on or under the skin.

Long-term use may result in anxiety, insomnia and addiction. After methamphetamine use is stopped, several withdrawal symptoms can occur, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, aggression and an intense craving for the drug. Meth use can cause severe gum damage and their related dental problems, known as meth mouth.

Meth Effects - Cardiovascular problems

Methamphetamine use causes increased heart rate and blood pressure. These include rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and irreversible, stroke-producing damage to small blood vessels in the brain. Chronic methamphetamine abuse can result in inflammation of the heart lining. Methamphetamine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, cardiovascular collapse and death.

Meth Effects - Physiological effects of Crystal meth

Short-term physiological effects include decreased appetite, increased stamina and physical energy, increased sexual drive and response, involuntary body movements, increased perspiration, hyperactivity, jitteriness, nausea, itchy, blotchy greasy skin, increased heart rate, irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure, and headaches.

Long-term abuse or overdose effects can include tremor, restlessness, changed sleep patterns, poor skin condition, gastrointestinal narrowing and weakened immune system. Fatigue and depression can follow the excitement stage. Erectile dysfunction, heart problems, stroke, and liver, kidney and lung damage can result from prolonged use. If snorted, crystal methamphetamine leads to a deterioration of the lining of the nostrils.

Meth Effects - Psychological effects of Methamphetamine

Short-term psychological effects can include alertness, euphoria, increased concentration, rapid talking, increased confidence, increased social responsiveness, eye wiggles, hallucinations and loss of REM sleep the night.

Long-term psychological effects can include insomnia, mental states resembling schizophrenia, aggressiveness and dependence with accompanying withdrawal symptoms, irritability, confusion and panic. Chronic use can lead to psychosis, causing delusions and paranoia. Methamphetamine is psychologically addictive and tolerance develops very quickly. Withdrawal is an unpleasant experience. This commonly leads chronic users to re-dose frequently.

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