The ugly truth about meth in 3 little words:  It kills people.  But, before meth kills a person, it takes them on a journey of horror that no one can imagine.  Some of the worst B-grade horror movies can’t compare to the experience of being addicted to meth.  In fact, a meth addict can bear resemblance to the zombies in our favorite sci-fi films.

The effects of meth use transform a person into someone they don’t recognize.  Sadly, some of these effects are non-reversible.

What is Meth and Why is it So Addictive?

Meth is a central nervous system depressant.  The intense rush of euphoria it provides keeps users coming back for more.  A person will either smoke, snort, inject or swallow meth in one of its many forms.  Smoking or injecting the drug gives an immediate, intense “flash” that lasts only a few minutes.

The short-lived euphoria causes a person to immediately seek more of the drug.  This is why meth is considered to be addictive after only one use.

Street names for meth are speed, ice, glass, and whizz. It is an odorless, white, crystalline powder that is often used as a club drug.   It is also available by prescription under the name Desoxyn.

Meth (methamphetamine) was once used for medical purposes in WWII to help troops stay awake and alert.  It was also given to Japanese kamikaze pilots prior to their suicide missions due to its euphoric effects.  Eventually, meth use by US college students, athletes, and truck drivers spread rapidly.  In 1970, it was made illegal by the US government.  But, Mexican drug cartels began setting up labs in California.  Today, meth labs can be found in basements, kitchens, RVs, or almost anywhere.

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Adverse Health Effects of Meth are Worse than Opioids

The Ugly Truth About MethOne 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)
  • Malnourishment
  • Exhaustion
  • Respiratory problems
  • Risk of stroke
  • Permanent heart damage
  • Organ failure

Long-term use of meth can also cause psychotic symptoms such as:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions

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
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • 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.

Face the Truth About Meth and Realize You Need Help Now

If anyone seeks help for meth addiction or any other substance, we are here.  It’s not likely that a person can quit meth without professional help.  So, if you’ve recognized the ugly truth about meth and want to be free from the drug, contact us at New Beginnings today.