Widely known across the globe, Crystal Meth is a drug that has no legal use. It is highly addictive and affects the central nervous system, and meth-related overdose deaths have increased over the last few years. Knowing what it looks like, its side effects, and the dangers of use can be the first step to helping yourself or a loved one.
What Is Crystal Meth Made of?
A man-made drug, the dangers of meth begin as early as creation. It is a complex process and because of all the chemicals needed can cause explosions along with being toxic. When completed, the drug looks like crystal chunks and is also referred to as ice or glass. Users either smoke crystal meth, snort it, inject it into veins, or swallow it. The draw of the drug is that users experience feelings of euphoria and alertness. However, these aren’t the only side effects. Feelings of paranoia, aggressiveness, and confusion are also commonly associated with Crystal Meth.
Dangers of Using Crystal Meth
Crystal Meth is dangerous in many ways. Perhaps the most pressing is that users want more, experience more euphoria, and begin taking larger doses over a short period of time.
The negative physical effects of Crystal Meth include:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Lowered inhibitions
- Brain damage
- Lung damage
- Even death
Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction and Overdose
Crystal Meth is not recommended to use in any scenario. Even if only used once, the chance of becoming addicted is high.
Signs of a Crystal Meth addiction include:
- Decreased appetite
- Mood swings
- Depression after a meth binge
- Racing thoughts
- Desire to quit using Crystal Meth but not being able to
- Stealing money
- Weight loss
- Acne or picking scars
- Scabs around the mouth
- Obsession with obtaining Crystal Meth
Symptoms of a Crystal Meth overdose include:
- Severe paranoia
- Chest pain
- Inability to breathe
- Elevated body temperature
- Heart attack
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above, seek emergency medical help immediately.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a Crystal Meth addiction, Emerge Healing Center is here to help. Our caring and experienced staff are here to answer any questions you may have about the treatment process, as well as help you to decide on the right treatment path for your individual needs. Contact us today to learn more, and let us help arm you with all of the tools you need to be successful in recovery.