Methamphetamine or “Meth” is smoked in an ice, crystal, crank, or glass form. It is a white and bitter-tasting crystalline powder that dissolves in water or alcohol. It was created from the parent drug, amphetamine and used in nasal decongestants or bronchial inhalers. Meth can cause 6-8 hours of increased activity, decreased appetite, and sense of well-being.
Meth is a smoked in a glass pipe similar to crack cocaine. The smoke is odorless and can be re-smoked, resulting in effects that last up to 12 hours or more. Meth abuse can intensify wakefulness, lead to increased physical activity, and reduced appetite. Oral ingestion or snorting can also cause a prolonged high that lasts for half of the day.
The rush and high are a result of discharge of high levels of neurotransmitter dopamine into the brain which produces feelings of pleasure. Meth abuse has toxic effects which can raise body temperature to extreme and potentially deadly levels. Seizures are also known to be caused by meth abuse.
Additional effects of meth abuse include cardiovascular problems, increased blood pressure, stroke, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, inflammation of the heart lining, violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Metamphetamine users can experience episodes of paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia.
The most recommended treatments for meth addiction are cognitive behavioral interventions, which are provided in Woodland Hills by the Nova Vitae Treatment Center. Support groups can also help individuals and guide them towards a long-lasting drug-free recovery. If you know someone who is affected by an addiction to meth, please contact us to schedule a consultation and provide them with the help they need.