Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush – 2: Truth about crystal meth
January 23rd, 2017 |
Crystal meth is a highly addictive substance that has the characteristics of turning a normal human being into a terrible-looking zombie within a short span of time. Meth decreases the brain’s capacity to indulge with the real world. Users become aggressive as the drug increases annoyance and decreases the brain’s function, enabling a person to act in an irrational or impulsive manner. The drug is generally found in crystallize form of tablets, chunk or powder, and is generally snorted, injected or smoked.
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug listed in the same category as cocaine or other highly addictive street drugs. But, many users are unaware of the dangers of this potent chemical which can slowly destroy the entire body. Here are some realities associated with crystal meth:
- Highly addictive: Crystal meth is one of the most addictive substances that can take someone into its clutches from the very first use. According to the 2012 data released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 12 million Americans had used crystal meth at least once, while nearly 1.2 million people used the drug in a year prior to the survey.
- A Street drug: The main reason why the use of crystal meth is on the rise is that it can be manufactured easily using readily available ingredients such as battery acid, lighter fluid and other toxic substances that can be bought on the streets. The clandestine labs producing methamphetamine are increasingly prevalent across the nation and can be found anywhere, from cars, hotels to apartments, etc.
- Detectable in the human body: The presence of methamphetamine can be traced through urine, blood and hair testing. The drug is typically detectable in the blood and urine for 1-3 days of its use.
- Changes one’s behavior: The plain crystallized pills or powder can severely impact one’s brain causing damage to the central nervous system (CNS), which, eventually, leads to memory loss, aggression, obsessive behavior, depression, lack of learning abilities, etc. A prolonged use of the drug may lead to delusions, paranoia, visual, as well as auditory hallucinations.
- Damages the neurotransmitters of the brain: The synthetic drug alters the neurotransmitters of the brain, which help in regulating emotions. Methamphetamine interferes with dopamine secretion and disturbs the normal production of the “feel good” chemicals, leading to neurotoxic effects.
- A zombie drug: The main reason why meth is known as a zombie drug is that it can cause severe paranoia, delusions, hyperactivity, hallucinations and even permanent psychological damage.
Meth users are often identified by their “crank bugs” face and “meth mouth”. The drug shrinks the blood vessels, which, in turn, leads to gum diseases and infection. Moreover, poor diet and lack of hygiene found in meth users contribute to sores in the mouth. “Crank bugs” are the imaginary insects that cause meth users to dig into their skin, which, eventually, leads to horrible scars and scratches throughout the body.
Leading a drug-free life is possible
Although drug addiction may offer a temporary high, in the long term, it only proves to be harmful. To live a healthy and rewarding life, getting rid of drug abuse is necessary.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to meth or any other drug, it is advisable to seek professional help before things go out of hand. The Arizona Substance Abuse Helpline can help you with some of the best substance abuse treatment centers in Arizona. You can call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-857-5777 or chat online to know more about various substance abuse rehab clinics in Arizona.
Read the other articles of the series “Addicted to a lethal euphoric rush:”
- A historical approach to crystal meth