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Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine (more commonly known as crystal meth) is a widely used stimulant.

Common street names include; ice, crystal, glass, tweak and Tina. Although it was first used primarily in the western United States, its prevalence has increased nationwide – in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Methamphetamine use has risen dramatically in popularity over the past two decades due to its potency and relatively low price. Additionally, methamphetamines are fast-acting and have euphoric effects lasting up to 8 hours.

Methamphetamine can be smoked, snorted, taken orally or injected intravenously. Common signs and symptoms of persons using crystal meth include: excessive talking, increased heart rate, sweating, weight loss, appetite suppression, sensations of bugs crawling on or under the skin, open sores on hands and face, and insomnia. Changes in behavior include: aggression, angry outbursts, paranoia, isolation, hostility and increased sexual activity.

This drug is especially addictive, since tolerance begins to build the moment one starts using. Often, users quit because they either deplete resources to purchase the drug or are overcome by fatigue and exhaustion. In addition, crystal meth can cause both long-term physical and psychological problems. Long-term physical problems include: depression, gum damage and dental problems, heart attack, stroke, liver, kidney and lung damage. Long-term psychological effects include: insomnia, delusions, psychosis, paranoia and depression. Depressive symptoms can linger up to two years cessation of use. Individuals need both medical and psychological treatment in order to overcome this dangerous drug addiction.

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