Crystal meth or Methamphetamines, are highly addictive stimulants. Crystal meth addiction has become increasingly frequent during the past two decades. Mostly affecting young adults, crystal meth addiction also yields high rates of HIV and hepatitis B and C through the exchange of needles. It can also be ingested, smoked, and snorted. Crystal meth can have profound psychological consequences to the user, and alters one’s state in ways that no other drug does. The brain’s activity during crystal meth addiction is unique in the fact that after prolonged use, it ceases to provide basic chemical feelings for which the user is counting on the drug to substitute.
Like many other drugs, the course of the addiction is spent in pursuit of that first “high”. This compels users to increase their dosage exponentially in an effort to recapture it. At this point, very little (if anything at all) matters to them other than crystal meth. Users will often forsake everything else in their lives if it doesn’t have a direct relationship to their meth habit: families, money, significant others, etc. Crystal meth addiction's hold on the younger generation exists all across the country and is a legitimate threat in far too many communities. Studies show that meth users start using as early as 12 years of age.
Prolonged and regular use of crystal meth can be damaging to various parts of your body. An untreated and fully formed crystal meth addiction can cause symptoms such as: constriction of blood flow to the heart, pulmonary damage, strain and damage to the digestive system, liver and kidney failure, dry mouth, tooth decay, gum disease, etc. It could also very easily constrict blood flow to the brain, resulting in a stroke. The risk of HIV and hepatitis B and C is also greatly increased by needle exchange during crystal meth injection. In addition, abusers of crystal meth also run the risk of gradual psychological deterioration.
It’s relatively easy to spot someone who is suffering from crystal meth addiction. Their behavior will usually consist of mood swings (an abundance of energy to extreme lethargy), lack of concentration, extreme paranoia, disorientation, heightened aggression and anger, lack of motivation (except to get high), the constant need for money, poor professional/academic performance, etc. If you notice a friend or family member exhibiting this sort of behavior, it is highly recommended that you get to the bottom of their problem and, if warranted, seek professional help.
Crystal meth addiction often emerges because of preexisting psychological conditions. After the patient overcomes their physical addiction and expels the residual toxins in their body, regular therapy with a mental health professional should be the patient’s next course of action. The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) maintains a continuously updated national database of crystal meth addiction treatment centers in your local area, as well as the leading recommended crystal meth addiction treatment centers in the United States and around the world.