Crystal methamphetamine, also known as meth, ice and glass, has been growing in popularity across the United States. This rise in popularity is reflected in the media, through popular shows such as “Breaking Bad” and the “Faces of Meth” campaign. The “Faces of Meth” project started by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has given the public a startling look at the devastating consequences of long term methamphetamine use.
Many users describe falling in love with the drug after using it just one time. They report feeling “invincible” and ready to do anything. The powerful euphoric feeling produced by meth, along with the fact that it is cheaper and lasts longer than cocaine, causes people to quickly become addicted. Part of meth’s appeal is that it is a cheap drug that can be made from items purchased at a grocery store.
Meth is notorious for the way it can quickly deteriorate one’s physical appearance. Meth inhibits the body’s ability to heal itself because it destroys tissue and blood vessels. It causes acne and makes the skin lose its elasticity. “Meth mouth” refers to the decay and loss of teeth that occurs with long term meth use. The result of these effects together causes the user to look much older than they actually are.
Drug specific treatment approaches promote unique individualized treatment plans that pin point the potential obstacles that are associated with different drugs. Rehab for crystal meth addiction starts with detox. Individuals detoxing off of meth may experience extreme fatigue and spend an excessive amount of time sleeping. Extreme cravings are common along with an overwhelming sense of depression and hopelessness. These symptoms should be monitored until the individual is physically and mentally stabilized.
People coming off meth often struggle with depression when they are first getting clean. The extreme high produced by meth is a result of a surge of dopamine that is released. Over time with sustained use, this can damage the dopamine receptors, making it difficult for the user to experience pleasure. Long term meth use can actually lead to permanent cognitive damage to the brain. That is why it is so important that if you or someone you care about is abusing crystal meth to seek out help immediately. Rehab facilities that treat methamphetamine addiction may use cognitive behavioral therapy and in some cases medication, to help clients combat the cravings and depression.
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