January 17th, 2017 | ASAH Team
Drug abuse has been paralyzing America since the 18th century. In the 1960s, several new drugs such as marijuana, hallucinogens and amphetamines penetrated into the market, leading to a widespread availability of such drugs. The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated 569,000 people used methamphetamine out of the estimated 1.6 million people, aged 12 or older who were nonmedical users of stimulants in the same year. Clearly, the country is fighting a meth problem, which continues to be associated with the youth as about 86,000 young adults aged 18 to 25 were methamphetamine users in 2014, as highlighted by NSDUH.
The crystal chunk or shiny blue-white rocks, known as ice, glass or crystal methamphetamine, is a popular party drug that is highly addictive and can cause nervous dysfunction. The drug is either snorted, injected, smoked or swallowed, which can give rise to a rapid rush of euphoria. The drug quickly travels from the lungs to the bloodstream and rapidly passes to the brain increasing the risk of severe psychological issues. The effect can last up to 12 hours giving the user an increased level of alertness, energy and exhilaration.
At the end of the binge, when the user feels empty or experiences a state of generalized dissatisfaction, an abuser may resort to taking alcohol or heroin to relieve the bad feelings. This phenomenon, known as tweaking, is the most dangerous stage of meth addiction, which can be a threat to the individual and even the law since it is difficult to identify a tweaker, who may often be mistaken as a habitual drinker.
Meth is a synthetic drug made by mixing various forms of amphetamines with other chemicals. This drug has devastating effects on the brain. The substance increases the dopamine level in the brain, producing an immediate euphoric rush. A chronic long-term meth use can alter the molecules of the brain and impair the associated functions of the body, resulting in memory problems, visual and auditory hallucinations, etc.
Meth is also known to suppress one’s appetite. Eventually, after a prolonged period of heavy use, the body starts to feed on its tissues, blood vessels and fats, thereby causing severe weight loss.
Another side effect of meth abuse is an extensive tooth decay and poor oral health, known as “meth mouth”. The harsh chemicals present in the substance comes in contact with the tooth and gradually starts staining it. Meth abusers usually have blackened and rotten teeth.
Methamphetamine has been around for a long time. The drug was used during the World War II to enhance the performance of the soldiers on the war fields. The soldiers were on heavy doses of meth, which eventually helped them to stay awake, triggering a euphoric feeling.
The substance was either injected or swallowed, which helped them to be alert on the battlefield. Author Norman Ohler in his book, “The Total Rush: Drugs in the Third Reich,” highlighted the use of crystal meth by the Nazi soldiers during the Blitzkrieg invasion. The author described Hitler’s use of 800 injections of animal hormones and Eukodal, an opiate, to increase his strength.
The Vietnam War was another such classic example that broke out the concept of drug exploitation. Known as the first “pharmacological war”, the Vietnam War propagated the use of psychoactive substances to strengthen performance on the battlefield. The soldiers were high on Dextroamphetamines or speed, also known as “go pills” to combat their tiredness and stay alert.
Breaking that relationship with a prolonged obsession is indeed a tough task. If you know someone battling an addiction to substances, it is time to seek professional help. Contact the Arizona Substance Abuse Helpline to know about the best substance abuse treatment centers in Arizona. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-857-5777 or chat online with our experts to get more information about the top substance abuse rehab clinic in Arizona.