As a stimulant drug, crystal methamphetamine (often called meth) is a white, bitter-tasting powder that is consumed by inhaling or smoking, swallowing, injecting, or snorting. The high that a person experiences from meth doesn’t last very long, which causes many people to continue repeated doses and in higher amounts at times. Meth affects the dopamine in the brain, which is responsible for feelings of pleasure, reward, and motivation. When taken, the drug provides an influx of dopamine, which gives users a “rush”. However, as the brain becomes used to these heightened levels of dopamine, it can become very easy for a person to become addicted.

A 2014 study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that methamphetamine alters brain structure in a way that impairs both decision making and the ability to suppress habitual behaviors that have become unproductive. This is what can make crystal methamphetamine so difficulty to simply quit.

Individuals who use meth long-term are at elevated risk for contracting HIV and hepatitis B and C. Injecting the drug intravenously means that blood and other bodily fluids can easily be transferred from one person to another if needles are shared. Subsequently, long-term use can increase risk for contraction of HIV/AIDS. There are many other harsh consequences associated with meth use, including: severe weight loss, extreme dental problems, intense itching leading to open sores, anxiety, confusion, sleeping problems, violent behavior, paranoia, and hallucinations.

Previous studies have shown that long-term meth use can cause impairment to memory, judgment, and motor coordination, like that shown in Parkinson’s disease. In addition to the cognitive and physical damages of meth use, people with meth addiction often experience behavioral changes, with some becoming more aggressive and others leaning more towards social isolation. Work, family, and social life may greatly suffer, as well as financial health. If you have been struggling with crystal methamphetamine addiction, make the decision to seek help today. Recovery is possible, and there are a variety of effective treatment options available.

Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.


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