Methamphetamine is classified as a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It can be snorted, smoked or injected. Meth is extremely addictive in nature and many users report being hooked after their first hit. While once a problem that was localized to rural and southwestern regions of the U.S., meth addiction is spreading across the country, tearing apart families and ruining lives.
The dangers and consequences of meth addiction include:
- Loss of judgment and increased likelihood of participating in risky—and life-threatening—behaviors
- Impaired ability to heal from infection
- Meth mouth—the teeth begin to rot and fall out as a result of the numerous cavities caused by the drying out of the salivary glands
- Sores (which are often made worse by constant picking)
- The destruction of tissue and blood vessels combined with the loss of the skin’s elasticity as a result of chronic meth use causes the user to look years older than they actually are
- Inability to sleep (which in turn increases the paranoia that many meth addicts experience)
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Violent and aggressive behavior
- Increased temperature (which in extreme cases can cause brain damage)
- Liver damage
One of the most startling effects of meth addiction is its potential to cause permanent damage to the brain’s dopamine receptors. The “high” produced by meth is caused by a flood of dopamine in the brain. Prolonged use can cause irreversible damage to the brain’s ability to experience pleasure. This is one of the reasons why early intervention is so crucial. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recent research has found that one of the most effective treatments for meth addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy.
There is a Solution is a free treatment placement service that specializes in placing men and women struggling with various addictions into drug treatment centers that are best able to treat their specific issues. When treating meth addiction—or any addiction—the sooner you get help the better. There is no reason to wait to lose everything—and if your addiction goes untreated you eventually will—before you decide to get help. We work with a large number of drug and alcohol treatment centers that offer:
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
- Gender-specific treatment
- Outpatient Drug Treatment Programs
- Christian Based Treatment Centers
- Expressive Programs (These include arts based therapies)
- Holistic Drug and Alcohol Treatment
- Medical Detox
If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to meth, call There is a Solution today to learn more about how we can help. You can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.