What is methamphetamine?
In medical and scientific terms, methamphetamine’s is classified as a psychoactive substance in the psycho-stimulant category of drugs. It is widely known on the streets as crystal meth, crank, ice, speed or simply meth for short. The drug affects the individual by increasing their alertness, concentration capabilities, and energy levels. When it is ingested in larger doses, it can induce euphoria, libido, and self esteem. It functions by triggering the release dopamine in the person’s brain and activating their psychological reward system.
As a result of this, there is an extremely high potential to abuse the drug and become addicted to it or dependent on it. The DEA and state law enforcement agencies consider methamphetamine to be one of the major drug threats in the US. Additionally, healthcare and medical professionals view methamphetamine addiction or dependency as a serious public health threat. As a result most addiction treatment and recovery centers throughout the US now offer methamphetamine detox and rehab programs.
4 primary facts/statistics to be aware of
Methamphetamine has become a prevalent problem in American society and has impacted numerous communities throughout the US by wreaking havoc on families of those individuals who are addicted to or dependent on the drug. Here are four primary facts or statistics to be aware of:
- “Meth mouth”, (tooth rot caused by methamphetamine addiction), is one of the more obvious physical characteristics to look for and makes the addict easy to identify
- Methamphetamine can attribute its popularity as a street drug to its cost compared to other drugs such as cocaine or heroin and how easy it is to manufacture
- Methamphetamine can stay in a person’s system up to 12 hours meaning the “high” lasts a significantly longer period than with other drugs
- Methamphetamine is consumed in one of four ways – injection, smoking, snorting, or taken orally
When an individual abruptly stops using the drug in a methamphetamine detox program after a prolonged period of time, they oftentimes experience severe withdrawal symptoms which usually peak within three to five days of the detox phase. These symptoms include anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, nausea, paranoia, restlessness, and vomiting. Regardless, you need to remember how damaging methamphetamine use can be as the long term effects can be extremely dangerous and even be life-threatening.
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If you or a loved one is searching for a methamphetamine detox program, Blue Water Detox is here to help you. Our medical detox programs effectively help individuals with alcohol or drug addictions to get back on the road to recovery so that they can live a substance-free life without the fear of relapsing. If you would like more information, please contact us at the toll-free phone number listed above.