Methamphetamine addiction comes in many forms.  Amphetamines are available over the counter, and are chemically manipulated and distributed on the street. The illicit use and distribution of this synthetic drug is referred to at Meth. While Amphetamines are still used to treat various medical conditions, from ADD to congestion, it is the illegal derivatives that have spread across the world - Meth and Crystal Meth. It has been called the second crack revolution, and the increasing momentum is undeniable.

Amphedimine use has been used since late in the 19th century. It has evolved and been refined for various purposes. At its core, amphedimine is a stimulant. Meth specifically causes numerous neurotransmitters to be released in the brain, producing a sense of euphoria that may last as long as 12 hours, depending on how the drug was taken. As a stimulant, methamphetamine improves concentration, energy, and alertness while decreasing appetite and fatigue. Meth is synthesized into a powder form, and can be ingested in numerous ways, including orally and dissolving with water. Crystal Meth on the other hand can be smoked or “cooked down” and injected.  

Methamphetamine use is associated with numerous serious physical and mental problems. Meth can cause rapid weight loss, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and damage to the small blood vessels in the brain—which can lead to stroke. Continued use of meth, or crystal meth can result in deterioration of the lining around the heart, degeneration of teeth, and significant nervous system deterioration. Overdoses can cause heart attacks, strokes, hyperthermia (elevated body temperature), convulsions, and death.

It is estimated that there are 26 million worldwide users of Meth and Crystal Meth. When local and federal law enforcers in the United States began to make a concerted effort to eliminate these illicit Meth labs, supply then shifted to Mexico, using routes already established by Cocaine Cartels.

Meth treatment is not completely different from other addictive substance abuse treatment options. The primary difference is the treatment time, since meth can stay in the body anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Treatment is also very difficult because of the fact that it is classified as a highly addictive substance. Meth addiction recovery is also acutely difficult, because of how meth affects the brain chemicals and overall nervous system.

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Published on Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:57
By Addiction Recovery