What is crystal meth addiction?
Crystal meth is an amphetamine, a stimulant that acts on the brain and the nervous system. It’s the crystalline form of methamphetamine and can be snorted, injected or taken orally. Methamphetamine that is smoked is known as ice. Crystal meth is a long-lasting drug with an intense stimulant effect that inspires a feeling of self-confidence. This, together with its inexpensive cost, makes it extremely powerful and addictive. Using crystal meth brings on a feeling of euphoria and a perceived sharpening of focus. Alternative names for crystal meth include glass, cristy, speed and chalk.
Signs, symptoms and risks of crystal meth addiction
Look out for hyperactivity, irritability, weight loss, welts on the skin, involuntary body movements, and prolonged periods of sleep (crashing) in your loved one. Also ask yourself if he or she is showing signs of aggression; after the initial “rush,” there is typically a state of high agitation that in some individuals can lead to violent behaviour. Crystal meth can also lead to anxiety and paranoia and, in extreme cases, psychotic illnesses. Meth users can experience frightening visual and auditory hallucinations. It is a deadly drug that’s detrimental to the central nervous system. Overdosing on crystal meth can result in stroke, and lung and kidney damage, coma and death.
Treating crystal meth addiction
Crystal meth addiction can be successfully treated through a combination of detox in a safe, medically supervised environment and rehabilitation. Residential rehab is preferential but there are plenty of outpatient programs available to treat crystal meth addiction. We’d also recommend an aftercare program to keep you on the path of a drug-free life. At Addiction Helper, we’ll help you explore your options and provide all the support you and your family need for a full and healthy recovery.