One ugly truth about meth
is that it causes more violent crime than any other illegal substance on the market. Furthermore, the medical, psychological, and social consequences are typically irreversible and devastating in most cases.
In addition to a long list of short-term meth effects here are some of the dangerous physical long-term effects of meth use:
- Damaged nasal tissues
- Acne or sores on the face and body; scars from scratching the sores
- Tooth damage, decay, or loss of teeth, gum disease (meth mouth)
- Respiratory problems
- Risk of stroke
- Permanent heart damage
- Organ failure
Long-term use of meth can also cause psychotic symptoms such as:
The psychotic symptoms can last for months or years even after the meth use is discontinued.
Other Dangerous Effects of Meth Use
Meth use also affects a person’s brain and the damage can be permanent. It destroys the brain’s ability to naturally produce dopamine. Without dopamine, the person is unable to feel pleasure. So, they think they need more of the drug to be able to feel “normal” again.
Other damaging effects on the brain include memory loss, inability to make decisions, and lack of emotion. These effects may also be irreversible.
All the physical, mental, and emotional effects of meth combined will change a person into a version of human suffering no one should experience. He or she will do almost anything to obtain more of the drug and that’s when their life gets even worse.
Signs of Meth Addiction
If you’ve been using meth, here are some of the signs of addiction you need to be aware of:
- Sleep disturbances
- Dry skin, itching
- Blurred vision
- Increased anxiety
- Changes in blood pressure
The truth about meth may not be something you want to face. But, if you continue using it, at some point, you won’t care anymore.