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.