- Methamphetamine | FRANK
- After effecs
- Additional law details
- What Does Meth Feel ? Understanding How A Meth Addict Thinks and Feels
- What It’s to Be High on Meth
- The Initial Rush
- The High
- Understanding the Effects of Withdrawal on a Meth Addict’s Behavior
- Change Starts With Treatment and Recovery
- Straight Talk — Methamphetamines
- What do people about methamphetamine?
- Where does methamphetamine come from?
- What will it do to me?
- Are there other risks?
- What about sex and methamphetamine?
- Is methamphetamine addictive?
Methamphetamine | FRANK
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Part of the amphetamine family of stimulant drugs
Methamphetamine can come in several different forms – including tablets, powder, or crystals. The tablets are sometimes referred to as yaba and the smokeable crystals are often called crystal meth or ice.
Depending on its form, methamphetamine can be swallowed, snorted or injected.
Smoking the purer, crystalline form of methamphetamine, known as crystal meth, produces a very intense high similar to that produced by crack cocaine but much longer lasting.
Sharing needles, syringes or other injecting equipment, runs the risk of the injector catching or spreading viruses, such as HIV or hepatitis C. There is also the risk that veins may be damaged, and of abscesses or clots developing.
Methamphetamine can reduce your appetite and make you feel:
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size and what other drugs you may have also taken.
The effects of methamphetamine can last a very long time.
Smoking the purer, crystalline form of methamphetamine, crystal meth, produces a very intense high similar to that produced by crack cocaine but is much longer lasting. The effects can last for a period of between 4 and 12 hours.
The comedown from methamphetamine is severe.
Crystal meth can report positive in a urine test for 1 to 4 days after using.
How long a drug can be detected for depends on how much is taken and which testing kit is used. This is only a general guide.
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure, raising the risk of heart attack – the higher the dose, the greater these effects.
- In cases of overdose: stroke, lung, kidney and gastrointestinal damage can develop, and coma and death can occur.
- There’s evidence that long-term methamphetamine use can cause brain damage, although this gradually gets better if the user stays off the drug for a long time.
- Inhibitions are lowered and libido may be increased – this can lead to taking part in risky activities that you would not normally do, such as having unsafe sex, which itself can lead to other risks, such as catching a sexually transmitted disease or an unplanned pregnancy.
Severe psychosis caused by methamphetamine have been reported in countries where there is widespread use of the drug. Psychosis is a serious mental state where you lose touch with reality and may come to believe things that are not true.
There’s evidence that long-term use can damage the brain, although this gradually gets better if the user stays off the drug for a long time.
It’s not unusual for drugs to have things added to them to increase the weight and the dealer’s profits.
They can be cut with other amphetamines ( speed, caffeine, ephedrine, sugars ( glucose), starch powder, laxatives, talcum powder, paracetamol and other drugs with some similar effects.
Some impurities can be added by mistake, as impurities can be formed during the manufacturing process for methamphetamine.
Mixing methamphetamine with alcohol can have serious consequences – as the stimulant effects of methamphetamine and the depressant effects of alcohol interact unpredictably, which can increase the risk of harm or even death.
Yes – is the simple answer. For some people, methamphetamine use can lead to very strong psychological and physical dependence, especially if it is injected or smoked.
This usually means they have cravings for methamphetamine, and a very strong drive to keep on using it despite evidence of accumulating harms.
The crystal form of methamphetamine, sometimes called crystal meth or ice, is extremely powerful and addictive. Some compare it to crack cocaine as both are smoked and give an intense, powerful high followed by a very severe comedown, and both are very addictive.
- This is a Class B drug, which means it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
- Possession can get you up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
- Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.
Additional law details
methamphetamines are a class B drug and only class A if prepared for injection.
What Does Meth Feel ? Understanding How A Meth Addict Thinks and Feels
- People who abuse methamphetamine or “meth” seek its intense rush that produces high energy, focus and euphoria.
- They may be driven by intense cravings for meth or want an escape from worry, stress or negative feelings.
- A person addicted to meth may lie, steal or manipulate others to get more meth and avoid difficult withdrawal symptoms from a meth crash.
- Often, people who use meth are unaware of the negative impact meth has on themselves or the people they love. Entering treatment and recovery is an important step to thinking outside the drug’s influence.
Understanding how a meth addict thinks and feels can be valuable if you have a loved one dealing with meth addiction.
You might not necessarily understand what it feels to be addicted to meth, but you can glean some insight into the nature of addiction. It can help you see that when the person lashes out, lies or steals, it’s not a personal attack against you. Instead, it’s a symptom of their disease.
What It’s to Be High on Meth
When someone is high on meth, there are physical and physiological changes that occur. Many of the changes that happen regarding how the person feels and behaves result from how the drug impacts the brain and the nervous system.
The Initial Rush
When people take meth, they may initially experience euphoria because meth stimulates the brain’s reward system. It’s that stimulation of reward centers that motivates people to continue using meth.
Along with euphoric brain stimulation, there’s also a sense of blunted emotions when you take meth.
People on meth may not experience feelings as they would ordinarily, so they may actually this feeling because it can help them escape from bad memories or emotional pain they experience when they’re sober.
Meth can become not just a way to get high, but a way to escape from worry, stress, and negative feelings.
In a recent survey of meth users, the high was ranked the number one reason people used meth, and coping with mental health symptoms ranked in the top three.
During the high, which can last anywhere from 4–16 hours, the user will start to feel a sense of power or that they’re capable of more than they really are. That can manifest in sociability as an example, but also as delusional aggression.
Often users lack any sense of self-awareness. It’s not usually until a person is in the recovery phase of their addiction that they’re even able to recognize their behaviors and the effects on the people around them.
Meth use can lead to tweaking, which is very fidgety behaviors and sensations such as bugs crawling on the skin. That’s why people addicted to meth often have scabs and sores on their faces and areas of their bodies.
At this level of use, people may report extreme paranoia, hallucinations, and delusional thinking. They may become violently aggressive due to their psychotic symptoms.
In a recent study, 15.7% of meth users reported experiencing hallucinations long-term, even if they stopped use, and heavy meth users increased their odds of experiencing hallucinations by 50%.
Understanding the Effects of Withdrawal on a Meth Addict’s Behavior
People addicted to drugs often think only about their next fix of the drug. They have tunnel vision because of how their brain reacts to the drug, and they crave it. Their thoughts and actions are often solely dedicated to obtaining more of the drug, and they will do anything necessary.
When people no longer have the ability to get more meth or the energy to use more meth, the crash occurs, marking the onset of methamphetamine withdrawal.
The symptoms of meth crashing include:
- Low energy and extreme fatigue
- Long periods of sleep or inability to sleep
- Vivid dreams and nightmares
- Intense depression and anxiety
- Increased appetite and thirst, usually due to limited eating and drinking during a “run”
- Intense cravings for more meth
Some withdrawal symptoms are more common than others: current and former meth users reported fatigue (57%) and sleep problems (52%) most often, followed by increased depression and anxiety (both 41%) and appetite issues (36%).
These unwanted effects are why addicted people often lie, cheat and steal. They may engage in illegal behaviors outside of drug use as a means to get more. They’re usually unable to recognize the pain and harm they’re causing themselves and the people around them because of their addiction.
Someone addicted to meth or other drugs will not only lie and mislead people, but they may manipulate them. Someone who was once loving and caring may start to manipulate the people closest to them to facilitate their continued drug use.
They’ll feed on the concern and love of their family members. They may even beg and try to plead with loved ones and make promises they have no intention of keeping.
It can take a long time before their loved ones accept that this is, in fact, manipulation.
Change Starts With Treatment and Recovery
In many cases, it’s nearly impossible for a person struggling with meth addiction to think outside of the drug and their addiction until they receive help and are in treatment or recovery.
If you have a loved one who’s struggling with meth addiction, help is here. Our addiction experts offer evidence-based medical care that can help them start the road to recovery.
Contact us today to discuss how our personalized treatment programs can meet your needs.
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Straight Talk — Methamphetamines
Methamphetamine is a powerful upper. The speedy high is similar to cocaine, but un cocaine, the effects of this drug can last for up to 12 hours, depending on how it’s used. Methamphetamine comes as a powder that can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected.
It also comes as a crystal form, which is usually smoked. The crystal form is often called “crystal meth” or “tina.” Other nicknames for methamphetamine include “speed” or “meth.” (Don’t confuse this last nickname with methadone, which is also referred to as “meth.
What do people about methamphetamine?
People who use methamphetamine it because it gives them energy and makes them feel confident, alert and strong for many hours. Some it because it makes them feel sexy. And some it because it takes away their appetite and they feel they don’t need to eat.
Where does methamphetamine come from?
Methamphetamine is made in “backroom” or “home” labs. Not everyone who makes the drug makes it the same way. It’s impossible to know how powerful the drug is or what has been used to make it.
Some people make it with ingredients from batteries, cleaning fluids and antifreeze, which are poisonous. Taking methamphetamine that was made with toxic chemicals has seriously harmed some people.
What will it do to me?
Methamphetamine turns on a part of the brain that gives pleasure. It can make you feel great. The problem is that such a powerful drug also has some not-so-great and even dangerous effects. Using methamphetamine, even just once, can:
- Make you feel restless and anxious.
- Cause you to talk non-stop. (It’s no fun to be with someone who can’t stop talking!)
- Lead you to feel paranoid— you can’t trust the people around you, including your friends. You may become confused, angry and violent.
- Overheat your body. This is especially a risk if you are very active when you are on the drug. People can die if they get too hot.
- Raise your blood pressure. This can cause a stroke or a heart attack, which can disable or kill you.
- Cause you to have a seizure or an abnormal heartbeat. These effects, while rare, can also leave you with heart or brain problems or kill you.
- Cause you to “crash.” When you stop using, you feel tired, nervous, hungry, sweaty, depressed and very irritable.
Using a lot of methamphetamine or using it for a long time can:
- Damage the parts of your brain that control thinking and movement. This can cause memory loss, trouble thinking, depression, shaking and problems with coordination.
- Make you see and hear things that aren’t there. You may think that people are after you or that bugs are crawling under your skin. This may go on for months or years after you stop using.
- Take away your appetite. Some people become so thin and weak that their bodies have trouble fighting off infections.
- Result in damage to your teeth and gums (often called “meth mouth”).
- Lead you to give up friends, family and activities that you enjoy.
Are there other risks?
If you use needles to take methamphetamine, you risk spreading or catching hepatitis or HIV. Using needles can also let germs enter your body, which can cause infections all over—including in your brain, bones, heart and blood.
What about sex and methamphetamine?
For some people, sex and methamphetamine go together. The problem is that people who are high on methamphetamine are at greater risk to spread HIV and other diseases because they are:
- More ly to make risky decisions about who they have sex with.
- Less ly to use condoms.
- More ly to have sex that’s rougher and that leads to bleeding. Bleeding increases the chance of getting or spreading hepatitis or HIV.
- Less ly to use lube. Methamphetamine makes it hard for the body to produce natural lubrication, which also leads to bleeding.
Some men who use methamphetamine regularly find that they can no longer have an erection.
Is methamphetamine addictive?
Yes. Even with short-term use, methamphetamine can be addictive. You may be hooked on methamphetamine if you:
- have built up a tolerance to it—you don’t get the same high that you used to get
- feel irritable, depressed or lack energy when you are not taking it
- spend so much time and money getting it that you don’t take care of important things in your life ( paying rent or buying food, seeing your friends and family)
- keep thinking about the next time you’ll get to use it again
- keep using methamphetamine despite the problems it causes in your life.