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Meth Addiction

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Break The Cycle Of Addiction To Methamphetamine And Crystal Meth

There is hope for those addicted to crystal meth.  Experts say that a long term cognitive therapy approach is necessary – but the patient needs to go to a rehab facility far from the habits, people and lifestyle that they have become accustomed to.  Because the meth high is one of pure euphoria, a client coming away from that feeling is met with hard feelings of reality that are quite painful to manage. Therefore, meth addiction relapse can be common and is hard to resist if the client stays close to their dealers and drug addict companions.

Addiction Campuses specializes in meth addiction treatment and provides the right campus environment wherein a client can reawaken to the world, learn how and why they have become addicted to crystal meth, and being to rediscover how to live in a new and sober life. It is important to note that long term addiction to crystal meth can cause permanent damage to the addict – so if you or someone you love is struggling with meth addiction it is imperative that you seek help immediately. A life depends on it.

24/7 Meth Addiction Support Hotline: 1-888-614-2251

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What Is Meth?

Methamphetamine – or meth, for short – is a very addictive synthetic stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system. It is derived from amphetamine, a drug known as speed or uppers.  In the 60s and 70s, amphetamine was made popular with college students, truck drivers and athletes to stay awake and increase endurance. In the 1980s, amphetamine’s key chemical, Phenyl-2-propanone, was put under federal control to be regulated.  This pushed users of amphetamine to search for a similar, comparable chemical replacement. As a result, the discovery was made that ephedrine – an ingredient found in over-the-counter cold remedies  – produces methamphetamine, a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder better known as crystal meth, and it is twice as potent.

And, unlike other hard illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin, crystal meth can be made from household products, like:

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol (isopropyl or rubbing)
  • Anhydrous ammonia (fertilizer)
  • Ephedrine (cold medications)
  • Ether (engine starter)
  • Hydrochloric acid (pool supply)
  • Iodine (flakes or crystal)
  • Kitty litter
  • Lithium (batteries)
  • Methanol (gasoline additive)
  • MSM (nutritional supplement)
  • Pseudoephedrine (cold medications)
  • Red phosphorus (matches or road flares)
  • Salt (table or rock)
  • Sodium hydroxide (lye)
  • Sodium metal
  • Sulfuric acid (drain cleaner)
  • Toluene (brake cleaner)
  • Trichloroethane (gun cleaner)

The essential ingredient being ephedrine, or its cousin, pseudoephedrine, also found in many cold medicines.

Because of this ease in access to the principal chemical ingredient in crystal meth, and because the rest of production of meth needs ingredients from simple household items, meth labs are prevalent in each state in the country today. Methamphetamine laboratories may be located virtually anywhere. Laboratories have been found in secluded rural areas as well as in residential, commercial, and industrial districts. Law enforcement officers have seized laboratories at private residences, commercial properties, hotels and motels, and outdoor locations. Mobile laboratories have even been discovered in automobiles, boats, and luggage.

How Is Meth Consumed?

Methamphetamine is taken orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Smoking or injecting the drug delivers it very quickly to the brain, where it produces an immediate, intense euphoria. These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours.

It has many nicknames—meth, crank, chalk or speed being the most common.

Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?

Since tolerance for methamphetamine happens within minutes – meaning that the enjoyable effects disappear even before the drug concentration in the blood falls considerably – users try to preserve the high by binging on the drug. For this reason, methamphetamine typically is used in a “binge and crash” pattern.

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Meth Use:

The most obvious meth addiction warning signs are similar to the signs of most addictions: neglecting work or school, loss of money, withdrawal from friends and family and secretive behavior. The longer a person uses meth, however, the more pronounced signs of meth addiction become, including:

  • Irritability, nervousness, paranoia, fear, violent behavior
  • Wide mood swings, depression, suicidal ideations
  • Significant weight loss
  • Irregular sleep pattern
  • Clogged, runny nose
  • Sunken, baggy eyes
  • Paleness
  • Extreme tooth decay “meth mouth”
  • Memory impairment; inattention
  • Psychosis

Other Physical Symptoms Of Meth Use:

Because meth causes the blood vessels to constrict, it cuts off the steady flow of blood to all parts of the body. Heavy usage can weaken and destroy these vessels, causing tissues to become prone to damage and inhibiting the body’s ability to repair itself. Acne appears, sores take longer to heal, and the skin loses its luster and elasticity. Some users are covered in small sores, the result of obsessive skin-picking brought on by the hallucination of having bugs crawling beneath the skin, a disorder known as formication.

24/7 Meth Addiction Support Hotline: 1-888-614-2251

One year ago, my son took a huge step in the right direction as I dropped him off at Addiction Campuses of Tennessee, Spring 2 Life Campus. That decision will change his life and impact our family forever. We are eternally grateful to Addiction Campuses of Tennessee for helping turn our son around and get him started in a new life! We love our new family at ACTN

—- Connie White, Mother of an ACTN Spring 2 Life Campus graduate

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