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Crystal Meth

Any attempt to stop using meth will prove difficult, and a person may find themselves willing to go to extreme lengths to get high. With no intervention, methamphetamine addiction can be fatal. Excel can help you overcome your addiction.

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Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant, which is chemically similar to other amphetamines, such as those used to treat ADHD. It can be snorted, taken orally, injected, or smoked, and the effects can last up to 8 hours. However, methamphetamine is more potent than other amphetamines. According to an entry in the journal Annual Review of Public Health, methamphetamine poses an exceptionally high risk of addiction.

The journey from first use to full-blown addiction is short and comes with challenging withdrawal symptoms, which further fuels a person’s drug-seeking behavior. If addiction continues without appropriate treatment, it can wear away at a person’s life, job, relationships, and health and can damage their ability to cope with even minor stressors without the use of the drug.

Any attempt to stop using meth will prove difficult, and a person may find themselves willing to go to extreme lengths to get high. With no intervention, methamphetamine addiction can be fatal.


Signs & Symptoms of Meth Addiction

According to SAMHSA, methamphetamine abuse takes a significant toll on a person’s physical and psychological health. The brain and body are subject to severe damage even after just one hit. One of the early signs of abuse and addiction is the loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies and activities.

Meth takes control over a person’s life and becomes a priority over other important areas of life, such as:

Addiction is still a taboo subject in society, so those addicted may initially attempt to hide their addiction from others. Hiding one’s addiction becomes more difficult as the condition worsens, and the signs and symptoms of addiction become more pronounced.

According to the BJPsych Buletin, common warning signs of methamphetamine abuse and addiction include:

As mentioned in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, ‘tweaking’ is one of the most telling symptoms of methamphetamine use. It is characterized by severe anxiety and insomnia. Tweaking can occur for up to two weeks after last use and happens following a meth binge when it is no longer possible to get high. Paranoia, confusion, and irritability are also challenging symptoms of tweaking. In some cases, users can experience disturbing thoughts and hallucinations and may be more likely to engage in violent or aggressive behavior.

What Happens When You Stop Using Meth

Methamphetamine Withdrawals

The withdrawal symptoms associated with methamphetamine addiction can be tough to manage alone. Professional supervision and assistance must be provided if a client is going to have any real chance of recovery.

As reported in the journal Addiction, common methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms include:

After detox has been completed and the withdrawal symptoms have subsided, clients have access to comprehensive psychotherapy and behavioral therapies to address the root cause of their addiction and improve their life choices in the future.


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