Facts about addiction to Meth
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Meth Addiction Facts

  • Meth addiction facts note that this is a drug with immense abuse potential. Methamphetamine (known on the street as "speed," "meth," "crank," "crystal-meth," and "glass") is a central nervous system stimulant of the amphetamine family.
  • After a number of days on meth, during which time users barely sleep or eat, some users become too tired to continue or have no meth left and begin to "crash." Initially, the crash is marked by agitated depression, sometimes accompanied by an urge for more meth. But these feelings soon give way to lethargy, followed by a long deep sleep. The depression returns, however, once the user awakens, and may last for days—a time when the potential for suicide is high.
  • Meth addiction facts reveal that at lower doses, meth makes the user feel energetic, alert, self-confident, and even powerful. With continued use these pleasurable feelings typically diminish and most users report the need for increasingly higher doses to achieve euphoria. Under the influence of the drug, users often become agitated and feel "wired."  Their behavior becomes unpredictable. They may be friendly and calm one moment, angry and terrified the next. Some feel compelled to repeat meaningless tasks, such as taking apart and reassembling bits of machinery. Others may pick at imaginary bugs on their skin.
  • It is not unusual for psychosis to persist for days after the last dose of meth. Indeed, there are many reports of users remaining paranoid, delusional, apathetic, and socially withdrawn for weeks. Occasionally, meth-related psychosis lasts for years. But, in these cases, experts believe the drug has probably triggered symptoms of a pre-existing mental disorder.
  • Like cocaine, meth is a powerful "upper" that produces alertness and elation, along with a variety of adverse reactions. Meth addiction facts show that the effects of meth are much longer lasting than the effects of cocaine, yet meth does not cost as much as cocaine. For that reason, it is sometimes called the "poor man's cocaine."
  • Meth tends to be taken differently in different locales and by different age groups. In San Francisco, for example, injection is the preferred route while in Honolulu smoking is most popular. In Phoenix, younger users choose pills, while older users snort. Snorting the drug, however, irritates the nose and smoking is hard on the throat and lungs. But it is smoking and injection that are the fastest ways to deliver the drug to the brain. By either route of administration, users get very high very rapidly and want to recapture the feeling as soon as it begins to fade.
  • Meth addiction facts report that when this drug is abused it is most commonly swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected. Sold as a powder, it can be mixed with water for injection or sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana and smoked. Chunks of clear, high-purity meth ("ice," "crystal," "glass"), which resemble rock candy, are smoked in a small pipe, much like "crack" cocaine is smoked. Some users exploit the rapid vaporization of meth, spreading the powdered drug on aluminum foil, heating the foil, and inhaling the fumes that are released. Others "speedball" by combining meth and heroin.
  • With prolonged high-dose use or long binges, meth addiction facts show that stimulant psychosis may develop. The psychotic user may feel intensely paranoid, hear voices, and experience bizarre delusions. They may believe, for example, that other people are talking about or following them. Meth-induced panic and psychosis can be extremely dangerous and may result in incidents of extreme violence.

Facts about addiction to Meth
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