Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine or meth addiction is one of the most harmful and dangerous drug addictions. As a stimulant drug, meth is known for producing rapid highs that end in extreme crashes. It is distributed and taken as a powder, tablet, crystal or pill. Common nicknames for meth include speed, crystal, zoom, crank, go, ice, glass, rock candy, and uppers.

The methods for taking meth vary depending on the geographic region, but many users smoke crystal meth with a glass pipe or inject it because this produces an immediate effect. Meth can also be snorted in odorless powder form and “popped” in pill form. Snorting produces an effect within 3-5 minutes, popping within 15-20 minutes.

Meth releases the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine which stimulate the brain’s motivation, pleasure, and reward centers. Users report extreme euphoria or an intense, long-lasting “rush.” Blood pressure spikes and mental processing speeds up. The user feels more energetic, more productive, and more self-confident and outgoing.

Some users “binge” meth. This involves taking the drug again and again so that the positive effects continue. But when the brain stops reacting to the drug, the user enters a feverish, dehydrated state of psychosis that produces hallucinations and paranoia.

The physical effects of ”coming down” from a meth high include:

  • heartburn
  • body aches
  • extreme fatigue
  • nausea
  • confusion

Once the high is over, there is usually an intense amount of anxiety, depression, and fatigue as the chemicals are processed out of the pathways of the brain.

Addiction to meth can cause permanent damage to blood vessels in the brain. Crystal meth use can increase the risk of physical and psychological illness, and cause extreme weight loss, heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and death.

Treatment

The body’s adjustment to the absence of meth can be shocking. Our treatment and rehab centers can help people safely overcome methamphetamine addiction. Medically supervised detox ensures a safe, successful treatment plan. Our doctors can observe vital signs and prescribe medications in order to keep patients comfortable and stable throughout withdrawal. 

To learn more about treatment for meth addiction at New Horizon Hospital in Houston, Texas, call us at (281) 397-1530