Drug Rehab for Meth Use

by joan_young on December 2, 2012

Drug Rehab for Meth Use


The history of meth, otherwise known as methamphetamine, is long and twisted. It was created as long-lasting and effective weight loss drug. It was effective, but also made the user highly addicted.

It’s original uses were to lose weight, increase alertness, self-esteem, and sexual libido. It causes these reactions by inducing a psychological reward system that is a result from a flood of dopamine in the brain. There are many different effects of meth use, 99% of them are adverse effects that are detrimental to the individual user, their families, and their work on a daily basis.

Symptoms and Effects of Meth Use

Some of the physical effects of meth use are anorexia, or a lack of eating, hyperactivity that is usually displayed as a need to clean and make things perfect. Some other signs and effects are dilated pupils, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, twitching, numbness, and even heart palpitations that can cause heart attacks or even kick off a stroke.

The physical effects aren’t the only noticeable problems with meth use. There are multiple psychological problems that are associated with the effects of meth. These effects can include total confusion, increased energy, aggression, severe anxiety, paranoia of those around you, a feeling of invincibility, obsessive behaviors and even full blown hallucinations.

The long-term effects can include high rates of depression and suicide. Serious heart problems have also been recorded. Mental psychosis, continued anxiety and violent reactions have all been recorded in heavy users, even when not on meth. Constant use can cause permanent memory loss, impaired attention span, and a lack of overall brain function. Many heavy users are often referred to as a “burn-out” due to their lack of mental acuteness.

One of the most obvious signs of long-term use is often called “meth-mouth.” This is when the insistent use of meth over a long period of time destroys the teeth, especially the front uppers and lowers, giving them the classic meth-mouth look. The back teeth are destroyed through meth use by clenching the jaw and grinding the molars. Doing this, over time, will wear down the strength of your teeth, until it finally cracks the teeth being clenched and pressurized from the tension that is delivered through the meth high.

The effects of meth just don’t stop at the individual user or abuser. It effects the public health as well. The fumes that result from the creation of meth can potentially explode, destroying the home that it is in and the surrounding properties as well. The escaping fumes from a meth lab can cause severe illness, lung problems, and even death.

Seizures from breathing in fumes are not uncommon, and makes the first responders to a meth lab some of the most at risk for these potential adverse effects. If the meth lab is never discovered, it can still cause severe health problems for future occupants of the property, due to the residues that are left behind on the counters, walls, and ceiling.

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