In the United States, over four million people struggle with an addiction to crystal meth. Along with this, there are over 12 million Americans who have reported trying crystal meth at least once in their lifetime.
Sadly, this incredibly dangerous drug is easily accessible because of how much is produced each year. Despite the low cost to obtain the drug, there are significant psychological, physical, and emotional costs.
Crystal Meth is a very toxic and addictive substance that can cause severe damage to the brain and central nervous system. Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally.
The high that meth produces includes excited speech, decreased appetite, increased physical activity, and elevated levels of energy. The high comes from the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain, which creates the adrenaline rush. However, consequences of meth use include memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior, and agitation.
Meth can also cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain which can lead to strokes. These are only some of the severe health consequences associated with this drug.
Crystal Meth Brings Damage to Your Life
The danger to this drug is the damage is does. While other drugs stay active in the body for six to eight hours, crystal meth can stay active in one’s system for up to twelve hours. The euphoria that’s created is due to a combination of dangerous chemicals used to manufacture the drug. For instance, chemicals sometimes found in crystal meth include:
- Lighter fluid
- Brake fluid
- Drain cleaner
- Sudafed or Ephedrine
Sadly, anyone can do a Google search for a crystal meth recipe. If you do so yourself, you’ll see why crystal meth labs are often blowing up. The chemicals inside the drug are flammable and toxic.
Addictive Qualities of Crystal Meth
Also, typically it requires six pounds of toxic material to produce one pout of cooked meth. The fact that crystal meth is so easy to manufacture at home might make a user of the drug question the safety of the drug.
However, obviously, this isn’t always the case. Furthermore, once a person begins using the drug, it becomes incredibly difficult to quit. The drug is one of the most addictive substances out there.
If you are addicted to crystal meth, there are resources to help you with an addiction. One place to begin is Crystal Meth Anonymous, which is nationwide. To access 12-step meetings that address addictions to crystal meth, visit the national Crystal Meth Anonymous site.
In addition to national resources, you can also contact a local addiction treatment center or a therapist or psychologist in your neighborhood.
Addiction is Treatable
Although the substance is dangerous and addictive, it doesn’t mean that the addiction isn’t treatable! It is! Also, even brain damage that develops from long-term use of crystal meth can be reversed with treatment, commitment to sobriety, and attention to one’s health and well being.
Furthermore, it’s important to know that crystal meth and methamphetamines are essentially the same thing. There is a slight difference, however, chemically they are the same. It’s their structural makeup that is different, which makes a difference in their purity.
If you’re struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine or crystal meth, help is available to you! And you can return to living a drug-free life, if you choose it!
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