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Methamphetamine Addiction Information
Methamphetamine Rehab and Detox Considerations
Methamphetamine addiction is typically devastating for the user and his/her loved ones. Many people have seen the time-lapse photographs of those addicted to this stimulant drug: it ages users dramatically and causes them to pick at their skin, damages teeth and gums, and causes malnutrition by inhibiting the appetite. In fact, many women like the appetite-suppressing qualities of methamphetamines, which has led to this drug becoming more popular among soccer moms. Crystal meth is the most popular street form of this drug. Methamphetamine dependence is swift and severe, and many users report they felt hooked after just one use. Symptoms may include psychological cravings, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, psychosis and insomnia; it is absolutely necessary that methamphetamine addicts undergo properly supervised drug detox prior to treatment for meth addiction.
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Many people noticed in recent years that drug stores started asking for identification when buying certain over the counter antihistamines, such as cold medications. This is because these drugs contain pseudo-ephedrine one of the ingredients used to make meth. Many would say this is like trying to use a fly swatter to stop a plague of locusts. Large-scale production in sophisticated labs in Mexico has taken the place of the small-time trailer kitchen set-ups of the past.
Methamphetamine is a synthetic amphetamine. It has limited medicinal use and is generally illegal to manufacture, distribute or possess. Methamphetamine is a very powerful narcotic and thus habit forming. Methamphetamine can be swallowed in pill form, sniffed in powder form, injected intravenously or intra-muscularly or smoked. Methamphetamine is known on the street as:
Effects of Methamphetamine on the Human Body
Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that increases dopamine and adrenaline production and blocks dopamine transporter (DAT), a protein which binds to excess dopamine and stores it for future use. This leaves large amounts of dopamine and adrenaline floating around the central nervous system, producing a dramatic stimulant effect. Methamphetamine is frequently abused because of the feelings of euphoria and energy it creates.
Long-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use
As an individual continues to use methamphetamine, the body very quickly develops a tolerance to its effects and increasing amounts of methamphetamine must be taken to produce the same effects. Long-term use of methamphetamine has a host of undesirable effects, including severe addiction, compulsive behavior, depression, acne, tooth decay and sexual dysfunction.