When it comes to methamphetamine use, stories abound about the effects this substance can have on users and the odd and often dangerous things it can cause them to do. One thing all of these stories can agree on thought is that methamphetamine is a dangerous and harmful drug of abuse which should be combated with methamphetamine detox and treatment.
Methamphetamine has recently surpassed cocaine as the stimulant drug of choice. Synthesized from inexpensive and easily obtainable household items, methamphetamine or meth comes in both powder and crystal form. It can be taken orally, injected, snorted or smoked. One of the most striking things about meth use is its horrifying effects including abscesses, blindness, respiratory failure and kidney failure. Because it is inexpensive and easy to make, it is rampantly used around the United States and the rest of the world.
Amphetamines are used to relieve sinus congestion and to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, methamphetamine remains one of the most abused stimulants. Crystal meth, also known as “Ice,” or “Tweak,” is a psychostimulant of the amphetamine and phenethylamine classes. Although it is listed as a Schedule II substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration, meth’s production and consumption remains largely illegal. It is now required to show identification to prove one is 18 years or older to purchase sinus and cold medicine with methamphetamine derivatives. Methamphetamine produces excitatory symptoms and methamphetamine detox can result in depressed symptoms.
Because of its relative cheapness compared to its purer version (speed), meth is an ever-present risk among adolescents, especially teens with depression or other mental disorders. To make matters worse, the psychoactive effects of meth tend to cause its users to twist the truth, over-reporting their progress or playing down their symptoms. This and other reasons can make seeking recovery difficult, even if the patient knows that he or she has a problem.
Symptoms of meth addiction can include the following:
- Weight loss
- Rotted teeth
- Chest pain
- Delusional parasitosis
- Abdominal pain