According to the Drug Enforcement Administration methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant that is extremely dangerous to users. The drug comes in a powder form or pill and looks like little bluish white rocks or glass pieces.
Many people use meth by smoking, injecting it or snorting it. The drug is illegal and carries with it many dangerous side effects. Users often go on meth binges; staying up for days on end using the drug without food and sleep. It is a Schedule II stimulant meaning that it has a high potential for abuse.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse over 1.2 million people have used meth in a one year period in the United States. There were also nearly 4% of high school students in the 10th through the 12th grade using the drug.
Side Effects In Full
All drugs carry side effects. Those coming with the use of meth can be generally severe and permanent for users and include:
• Mood problems.
• Inability to sleep and insomnia.
• Violent Behavior
• Psychotic behavior such as thinking there are people coming after the person or extreme paranoia.
• Aggressive Behavior
• Suicidal thoughts and actions.
• Homicidal thoughts and actions.
• Strange sensations like things are happening that are not occurring.
The drug also causes many side effects to the body. These include:
• Rapid and irregular heartbeat.
• A decrease in appetite.
• Breathing rapidly.
• Increase in body temperature and overheating.
• Collapse of the cardiovascular system.
• Increased activity.
• Heart attack.
• Organ problems.
How Do I Know If Someone Is Abusing Meth
The following symptoms may be apparent in someone you know. If they are it is very likely they are abusing meth and experiencing meth side effects:
1. The individual will have large, dilated pupils.
2. They will be acting like they have an increase or burst of energy.
3. The person will not want to sleep or be experiencing insomnia.
4. Often the individual will speak in nonsense; saying things that do not make sense or expressing paranoid thought.
5. The may seem hot or sweating.
6. Some will act manic or experience mania where they are talking quacking and not making much sense, speaking loudly or laughing uncontrollably.
7. The person will start to neglect things he or she is responsible for, could lose his or her job and start to have financial problems.
8. The person may also start to have legal problems; often associated with using the drug or obtaining money to continue to use the drug.
9. You will see extreme weight loss from the individual, and an inability to eat.
10. The skin on the person will be picked and they often get pock marks from the chemicals from the meth or from irritation of the skin.
Narconon Rehab Treats Meth Addiction
With over a million people a year using the drug, many are enrolling in treatment for meth abuse. Narconon rehab, a long term, drug-free program achieves a 76% success rate for permanent recovery from the drug. Not using meeting such as NA, Narconon has a personal approach to recovery consisting of treating both the mental and physical parts of addicting.
Narconon rehab deals with the specific problems that each individual has related to the addiction and lets the person find their own solution through life skills therapy provided through the treatment. The physical part of the program tackles meth cravings so that relapse is no longer a problem. The person also handles all environmental factors related to the addiction.
For more information on Narconon rehab or to get help for someone with a meth problem call 800-556-8885.