A frightening “party drug,” crystal meth (a shortened term for crystal methamphetamine) is a highly addictive man-made stimulant that can cause severe physical and mental damage to users over short and long terms. The drug has also received the nicknames “ice” and “glass” due to its resemblance to crystals or minerals, also the root of its most common name. Users will smoke, snort, inject, or swallow forms of the drug to achieve a desired rush of energy at the expense of their well-being and relationships with loved ones.
Overall, most forms of crystal meth are illegal, with the exception of a tablet prescribed to treat symptoms of ADHD and induce weight loss. Most variants of the illegal drug are manufactured in facilities called “superlabs” (often based in Mexico and some parts of the United States) and private locations across the country. The most common ingredient of crystal meth is pseudoephedrine, a primary ingredient in cold medication that is heavily regulated by the government as a safety measure. Generally, this drug has a bitter taste and has a white or metallic color.
When consumed, this drug stimulates the pleasure center of the brain and forces the release of dopamine, causing users to feel sudden bursts of energy. Side effects of short-term crystal meth use may also include a sudden loss of appetite, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and fevers. Long-term users may experience more violent symptoms such as psychotic behavior, severe weight loss, meth mouth (rotten teeth), sores, and hallucinations and can potentially contract HIV/AIDS after using contaminated needles.
As meth addicts inflict pain on themselves, they also create great suffering from their friends and family members. If you are concerned if someone you know may be using crystal meth, look out for these physical and behavioral changes:
- Rapid aging
- Weakened skin and bloody sores
- Violence and aggression
- Poor judgment
Medical research has proven that crystal meth addiction is one of the hardest forms of the illness for people to overcome. While not impossible to treat, meth addicts often require rigorous intervention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and reward therapy.
Remember that there is always hope for you. Drugs do not have control over your life. You do. If your loved one or friend is suffering from crystal methamphetamine addiction or if you are an addict, get in touch with Asana Recovery. Counselors and healthcare experts can walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and help guide you to a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While it might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to keep yourself safe.
The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your crystal meth addiction troubles today.