Symptoms of Meth Addiction
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Meth Addiction Symptoms

meth addiction symptoms

Meth addiction symptoms can be extremely horrendous. They can be so awful that it is impossible to be around someone who is using this drug to such a devastating level that it changes their physical, social, and psychological persona. The immediate effects of this drug depend on how it is taken. Immediately after smoking or intravenous injection, the user experiences an intense "rush" or "flash" that lasts only a few minutes and is described as extremely pleasurable. Smoking or injecting meth produces effects fastest, within five to ten seconds. Snorting or ingesting meth orally is said to produce a high but not the intense rush. Snorting meth produces effects within three to five minutes, and ingesting orally produces effects within 15 to 20 minutes. The effects may last anywhere from 4 to 24 hours.

Meth addiction symptoms include an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, poor circulation to the extremities, and a decrease in oxygen content which contributes to skin lesions. Also, there is an increased risk of psychosis, confusion, and violence when using meth. Other meth addiction symptoms include a decrease in appetite which is largely attributed to the increase in dopamine which suppresses the hunger center of the brain. Damage to multiple organs such as muscles, liver, and kidney can occur as a result of an increase in body temperature. Meth addicts may also have meth mouth, skin rashes, and appear to be aging unnaturally quickly. They may often appear weak or fatigued and find it hard to remember recent activities performed in between meth binges.

Meth addiction symptoms consist of short and long term adverse physical and mental effects which may include:

  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Chest pain
  • Irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain
  • Heart attack
  • Accelerated heart beat
  • Stroke
  • Insomnia
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Jerky movements
  • Paranoia
  • Incessant conversations
  • Convulsions
  • Hypothermia
  • Brain damage
  • Malnutrition
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Increase in alertness
  • Increased physical activity
  • Increased irritability
  • Impaired immune system
  • Blood clots
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver damage

Additional physical meth addiction symptoms include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Respiratory distress
  • Sweats
  • Loss of coordination
  • Numbness

Psychological Meth Addiction Symptoms: The use and abuse of methamphetamine, or crystal meth, can cause effects which often resemble several types of mental illnesses. These psychological meth addiction symptoms may include:

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Depression
  • Intense anger and paranoia
  • Panic attacks

Meth Addiction Symptoms of Withdrawal: Withdrawal from meth is extremely uncomfortable and in some cases life threatening. Meth addiction symptoms of withdrawal may include:

  • Drug cravings
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Sweats
  • Hyperventilation
  • Convulsions
  • Irregular heart beat

Because of the severity of meth addiction symptoms associated with withdrawal, many people choose to enter detox or meth addiction treatment programs to assist them in coping with these symptoms. In addition to withdrawal, meth can affect many other areas of a person's life including placing their job at risk, damaging their relationships, and ruining their financial stability. Quality treatment in a professional addiction recovery center is required for a safe and effective recovery from this dangerously addictive drug.

Symptoms of Meth Addiction
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