What is Crystal Meth?
Meth, short for “methamphetamines,” comes in a few different forms, including powder. Crystal meth gets its name from its rock or glass-like appearance. Meth can be taken in many different forms, though the crystal form is usually smoked. It can also be dissolved in water and injected.
Crystal meth is a stimulant drug, meaning that the “high” it produces comes with a lot of energy and a feeling of happiness and well-being. Unfortunately, the pleasant feelings are temporary, while the negative health impact can last for a lifetime.
In 2007, nearly 5% of high school seniors in the United States admitted to using meth at least once.
Why is Crystal Meth Addictive?
Yes, crystal meth is one of the most addictive substances available to humans and is addictive for two major reasons:
- Its dopamine-releasing properties
- Its drainage of the body’s resources
Every addictive substance, include crystal meth, works by taking over the brain’s reward system. The brain releases a chemical called dopamine, which makes one feel good, in response to food, exercise, and other things that help people survive. The good feeling encourages people to continue the activity. In normal amounts, dopamine is a great thing. Crystal meth and other drugs, however, cause the brain to release far too much dopamine. It feels wonderful in the short term, but the brain starts to rely on this large amount of dopamine. It begins craving more almost immediately, which is why people are drawn to drugs over and over again.
The other reason why crystal meth is so addictive is because it depletes the body’s resources. During a meth high, one can feel elated, confident, and very energetic. The energy is a false energy, though, and when the individual comes down from his or her high, they will likely be exhausted because they have been using energy that they don’t really have. This can lead the person to keep returning to crystal meth to replete their drained resources.
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Is Crystal Meth Dangerous?
Yes, All street drugs are dangerous, but even among street drugs, crystal meth is one of the most dangerous. It comes with a host of potential short-term and long-term impacts that can require lifelong treatment.
Short Term Dangers
The short-term dangers of crystal meth include but are certainly not limited to the following list:
- Strange Behavior
- Loss of Appetite
- High Blood Pressure
This list is, unfortunately, not an exhaustive one. Each person who tries crystal meth will react slightly differently, and the possibilities of negative health issues are virtually endless.
Long Term Dangers of Crystal Meth
The long-term dangers of crystal meth include the following list:
- Heart Attack
- Tooth Decay
- Brain Damage
Once again, this list is far from exhaustive. Crystal meth has multiple lasting impacts, and the above list contains just a few of the most common ones.
One can easily overdose on crystal meth or other forms of meth.
Crystal Meth Overdose
If you use meth or you know somebody who uses meth, an overdose may result in any of the following effects:
- Heart Attack
- Kidney Failure
- Paranoia and tactile hallucinations
A meth overdose can have severe mental and physical effects can prove fatal. If you think someone you know has overdosed on crystal meth, seek emergency medical care immediately.
How to Find Help
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