Methamphetamine - also known as crystal meth, meth, crystal, ice, speed, and crank – stimulates the central nervous system and produces a feeling of euphoria and focus in the user. Meth is produced through chemical processes in labs, and is derived from ephedrine; users may inject, smoke, or snort (inhale through the nose) the substance. The high that meth produces can last as long as 15 hours.
Prolonged use of methamphetamine can cause paranoia. Additionally, users often stay awake for many consecutive days; during this time, most users do not eat. The combination of sleep and food deprivation can lead to a meth-induced psychotic state, which, in some cases, is irreversible. Meth causes significant, permanent brain damage, and is one of the most damaging drugs to the brain. Because they do often skip meals when high on meth, meth addicts often exhibit signs of malnutrition and electrolyte abnormalities. Other negative medical consequences include tooth decay, seizures, and heart attacks or strokes, which can be fatal – even in individuals who are healthy.
Because it is so difficult for an addict to stop taking a drug on their own, success almost always requires the assistance of friends and family in conjunction with meth intervention professionals. Remember there is a fine line between meth abuse and meth addiction. Calling eDrug Rehab now to discuss your loved one's unique situation is the first, and perhaps most important, step in the path to meth treatment. Visit the contact us page for more information on how to reach one of eDrug Rehab's highly qualified intervention specialists.
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