Methamphetamine (often referred to as “meth” or “speed”) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. Amphetamine is a substance that is commonly found in prescription drugs and having the following effects: increased energy, reduced appetite, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and stimulation of the central nervous system.
Negative Health Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction
People who use methamphetamine long-term may experience a number of uncomfortable side effects, such as anxiety, trouble sleeping, moodiness and violent behavior. They may also experience symptoms of psychosis like paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions (i.e feeling like insects are crawling under their skin). As with chronic abuse of most drugs, long-term methamphetamine use is accompanied by chemical and molecular changes in the brain.
Brain Imaging Studies
Brain imaging research has shown how methamphetamine use effects dopamine levels, causing reduced motor skills and impaired verbal learning. Studies of chronic meth users has shown cases of severe structural and functional changes in areas of the brain that control emotion and memory. Long-term methamphetamine use can also lead to extreme weight loss, rotting teeth, face and body skin sores, and extreme sleep deprivation.
Methamphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms
The withdrawal symptoms are relatively slight in comparison to other drug withdrawals, and rarely is medical attention required. However, medical monitoring is wise given that chronic meth abuse can lead to other serious physical problems. Often the physical effects that have long been ignored by the meth user that may present themselves during a Medical Evaluation preceding admission into Detox and Treatment. In general, the meth withdrawal symptoms include depression, anxiety and tiredness, along with extreme cravings for the drug.
LifeLong Meth Recovery is Possible
At New Dawn, we will first provide a comprehensive medical and psychiatric evaluation an assessment. Medical Supervised Detox, 30 – 90 Day Residential and Outpatient options are available. Treatment is individualized with licensed therapists and addiction specialists providing evidence-based care. And our lifetime aftercare support will continue to help you stay clean and sober long after you have completed the program. Call us today and start living again.