Methamphetamine Addiction

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine (crystal meth) is an addictive stimulant that can cause dependency in as little as one use. A rush of dopamine produced by the drug stimulates the brain’s reward system creating the urge to consume more and making it difficult to find pleasure in anything else. Due to the intense chemical reaction occurring in the brain, methamphetamine is extremely dangerous and addictive. There are many nicknames for meth, most notably crystal, glass, blue, and ice. It is commonly found as a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder or in shards resembling broken glass.

Signs of Methamphetamine Addiction

  • Hyperactivity
  • Alertness
  • Paranoia
  • Risky and Dangerous Behaviors
  • Violence
  • Impulsiveness
  • Financial & Legal Problems
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Difficulties Sleeping
  • Mood Disturbances
  • Visual and Auditory Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Psychosis
  • Weight Loss
  • Twitching and Facial Tics
  • Loss of Appetite

Another sign of Methamphetamine use is withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on the individual, however some common symptoms include:

  • Psychosis
  • Drowsiness
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Sense of Impending Doom
  • Increased Appetite 
  • Hypersomnia 
  • Anhedonia
  • Agitation 
  • Fatigue 
  • Depression
  • Intense Craving
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Schizophrenia

Common routes of administration are intravenous (IV), inhalation, and insufflation (snorting). Intravenous is a direct injection using a needle into a vein. Methamphetamine users are especially vulnerable to contracting viral infections such as Hepatitis C or HIV. In fact, Methamphetamine use was declared in the vast majority of new HIV and Hep-C cases in Los Angeles last year. In some clinics over 90% of new cases simultaneously reported methamphetamine use. 

Long-Term Side-Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse:

  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Erratic Behavior
  • Severe Dental Problems 
  • Permanent Psychosis 
  • Visual and Auditory Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Brain Damage
  • Emotional Instability
  • Repetitive Motor Activity (Tics)
  • Aggressive or Violent Behavior
  • Memory Loss
  • Declined Mental Acuity 
  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • Heart Attack

Methamphetamine addiction is life-threatening. If you or a loved one are at risk, please fill out the form below for a free assessment. We recommend that at-risk individuals participate in our 30-90 day program to help achieve long term sobriety.