Crystal Meth Addiction and Treatment
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Crystal meth is a form of d-methamphetamine that's smoked and it's odorless and colorless. Crystal meth is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that's man-made and resembles fragments of glass in different sizes. Some people refer to the fragments as shiny bluish-white rocks.
Crystal meth users experience very long lasting effects when they use crystal that's why it's preferred by many drug users. The euphoric feelings a crystal meth user experiences is powerfully strong and the user feels unrealistically high, happy and on top of the world. Usually crystal meth is very high in purity so the euphoric effects are much more intense than the powdered form of methamphetamine.
Most people smoke crystal meth using a glass pipe, these pipes are close to the same pipes used to smoke crack cocaine. Some people inject crystal meth though. When crystal meth is injected the intense high and sensations can last for 12 or more hours.
Crystal meth is becoming more and more popular among young people. Many young people including young adults use crystal meth as a party drug. Crystal meth is easily found, the demand is quite high, it's cheap to make, and the euphoric experiences lasts for hours. Users of crystal meth like the stimulant drug because it increases their energy level, their concentration is heightened, they're much more alert, decreases their appetite, and takes away fatigue.
The problem is that these effects can last 24 hours and when the user begins to come down from their unrealistic high they repeat the use and are awake for days. This makes crystal meth a popular drug among drug users. Older adults also use crystal meth but it seems to be quite popular among young people, they consider it a trendy drug.
Crystal Methamphetamine Risks
Crystal meth drastically alters the brain and how it functions with repeated and long term use. There are also many serious physical problems associated with crystal meth use. Crystal meth is a stimulant drug that causes your heart to beat very fast; it also elevates your blood pressure and causes damage to the small blood vessels in your brain. The damaged blood vessels can cause strokes. Chronic crystal meth users risk inflammation of their heart linings. An overdose of crystal meth can cause your body temperature to elevate which is known as hyperthermia, and it can also cause convulsions and even death.
People who use crystal meth can also show signs of violent behavior, paranoia or fear, anxiety, confusion and insomnia. Using crystal meth can cause psychotic symptoms that can last for years after they stopped using the stimulant drug. The risks of using crystal meth are so serious it's important to get help as soon as possible for their addiction before there is un-repairable damage done to them self. Sometimes damage done to the brain is permanent so early treatment for chronic use of crystal meth is extremely important.
Individuals who inject crystal meth risk HIV, hepatitis B and C and other blood-borne viruses. They also risk collapsed veins, scarred veins, infections of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, pneumonia, tuberculosis and disease of the liver or kidney's if they chronically inject meth.
Crystal Meth Availability
Meth gets illegally trafficked into most states by Mexican drug operations. They have people traffic the illegal drugs into the state ready to sell to crystal meth users. They're not the only ones responsible for crystal meth in most states, illegal clandestine meth labs can be found everywhere from small one pot operations to large scale meth production. Meth can be easily produced in the trunk of a car or inside 2 liter soda bottles so crystal meth is not hard to find.
Crystal Meth User Signs
Anyone who uses crystal meth often shows physical, psychological and emotional signs of drug use. Some of these signs include:
- Agitation and anxiety
- Decreased appetite or weight loss
- Extreme perspiring
- Nonstop fast talking
- Sexuality is increased
- Sleeplessness or insomnia
- Repetitive compulsive behaviors
- Personal hygiene is decreased or declines
- User is constantly picking at sores on their face, arms, legs and other areas
- Needle track marks on their arms
Paraphernalia which includes burnt spoons or tinfoil, needles, syringes, cut up or whole drinking straws, broken light bulbs, rubber tubing, glass pipes
The user is euphoric and feels powerful and exhilarated
- Suicidal tendencies
- User has violent flare-ups, aggression, hostility and irritability
- Solitary behavior
Chronic Crystal Meth Treatment
Crystal meth users that have abused meth for a long time or were chronic users may need a more intense form of therapy in order to recover from their meth addiction. Inpatient drug treatment programs are usually necessary, this helps the individual get the round the clock care needed to prevent relapse. Taking the chronic long term meth user out of their unhealthy environment makes treatment and rehabilitation easier and more successful. Many times there are medical issues that need to be addressed because of the duration of crystal meth use and the individual can receive the care they need in an inpatient treatment setting.
Less intense treatment may be needed for occasional crystal meth users seeking recovery for their addiction. Intense outpatient treatment programs are available for those seeking recovery.