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Methamphetamine Addiction

How Does Meth Damage the Brain?

Methamphetamine is one of several drugs of abuse classified as central nervous system stimulants. However, the drug produces more powerful effects than other stimulants and its repeated use can easily trigger the brain changes that foster drug dependence and drug addiction. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, a team …

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Chronic Meth Use Damages Brain Structures, Impairs Mental Flexibility

Methamphetamine is a synthetically manufactured stimulant known for its ability to profoundly alter the brain’s chemical environment and foster both drug abuse and drug addiction. Some of the brain changes found in users of the drug may appear before problems with abuse and addiction begin, while others may stem from the direct impact of chronic …

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How Do Meth Addicts Differ From ADHD Drug Abusers?

Methamphetamine and stimulant ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall have a number of chemical similarities, and people affected by serious problems stemming from the use of any of these substances may qualify for diagnosis of a condition called stimulant use disorder. However, according to the results of a study scheduled for publication in May …

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Street Names for Common Drugs

If you’re having a hard time keeping up with the many street names for common illegal drugs, you’re not alone. After all, they were created to confuse, divert and otherwise dodge the suspicions of law enforcement, parents and teachers. Some street names have entered the common vocabulary, while countless others remain obscure. Even so, a …

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Stimulant Abuse and Hyperthermia

Hyperthermia is the medical term for damaging and potentially fatal increases in the average temperature of the body as a whole, or of the brain in particular. People who use/abuse stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and Ecstasy (known more formally as MDMA) run significant risks for the onset of this condition. The specific effects …

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When Stimulant Abuse and Sexual Disorders Are Fused

Among the men and women who abuse cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and other “party” drugs (Ketamine, GHB, MDMA, etc.) there is a large and rapidly growing subgroup for whom drug abuse and problematic sexual behavior only occur together. The two behaviors are so tightly paired that engaging in one inevitably means engaging in the other. For …

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