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How Does Meth Affect Women?
Methamphetamine is a serious and dangerous drug. More commonly called meth, it is one of the top 10 most addictive drugs and causes long-lasting physical and mental health side effects. Meth use among women has been rising, and the consequences are serious. Young women, pregnant women and even middle-aged women are using this harmful drug.
Why Are More Women Using Meth?
Why the rate of meth use in women has been rising is uncertain, but there are suggestions from experts. One of these is the fact that women are under more pressure these days than ever before. They are expected to raise a family, take care of the home, have a successful marriage and hold down a job. This pressure is often cited as a reason why more women are drinking to excess. It could also help to explain meth use, but there is one other important factor. Among all the other pressures of modern womanhood is the pressure to be thin. Among its many side effects, meth causes weight loss. Trying to lose weight this way is both dangerous and effective.
Symptoms of Meth Use in Women
If you suspect a woman in your life of abusing this drug, you should know what the signs of meth use in women are. Signs that someone is high on meth include hyperactivity, excessive talking and energy, euphoria, a decreased appetite and faster breathing. Some people can hide these symptoms of being high or blame them on something else, but there are other signs to look for in women using meth:
- Hair loss. With prolonged use, meth can cause a woman to start losing her hair. This happens because the drug makes her lose her appetite and she is likely to become malnourished and undernourished.
- Crawling sensation on the skin. Complaints of crawling skin are indicative of meth use. Users often feel like bugs are crawling on them.
- Skin sores. As a result of the crawling sensation and for other reasons, meth users pick at their skin compulsively. This leads to sores and infections.
- Tooth decay. Decaying teeth is another sign of meth use. This is often called meth mouth.
The effects of meth use on women are both unpleasant and serious. Many of the health problems caused by meth can be severe. They can also be long-lasting. Women who use meth regularly are damaging their bodies and their brains for the long term.
How Addiction Affects the Family
Not only are there serious side effects and long-lasting symptoms of meth use, women who abuse this drug are also likely to become addicted. Addiction is a terrible disease and it doesn’t just affect the addict. Women who are mothers and meth addicts put their families in a bad position. They may neglect or abuse their children or spouse and they may end up in a position in which they are unable to work and provide for the family.
Meth is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. Women are using it more than ever to cope with stress and pressure and to lose weight. The consequences are far-reaching and impact both women and their families. If you are a meth user, or you know a woman using meth, it’s time to get help before it’s too late.