Methamphetamine, in its most common form, crystal meth is a very powerful and addicting drug. This drug is so powerful, that addicts say they were addicted to crystal meth after their first use. Methamphetamine became a very popular topic when the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department launched a website and program called Faces of Meth. The department’s goal was to show the reality of doing drugs like crystal meth, in an effort to stop drug abuse. The department used mug shots of meth users from the first time they were arrested to the current time. While the department says they were not going for scare tactics, that is exactly what these images showed, the harsh reality of using methamphetamine. These mug shots are horrifying; with the last picture of the meth addict looking like a skeleton and not resembling the first picture at all.
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamine is a mixture of several ingredients, including over-the-counter cold medicine, acetone, and fertilizer, just to name a few. The method of cooking these ingredients together is very dangerous and has resulted in many meth labs exploding across the country. Methamphetamine is a white, crystallized powder, but the powder can also be brown, gray, orange, or pink in color. Crystal Meth, the most common form, is a clear crystal chunk that looks similar to ice or glass and is usually smoked. The powder form can be injected, smoked, or snorted. Common names for methamphetamine include:
Common names for crystal meth include:
- Hot ice
The Effects of Meth
When meth is first introduced into the system, the user gets a rush lasting anywhere from 2 to 30 minutes that is similar to a cocaine rush. The user is more talkative and feels productive. After the rush, the high follows and unlike cocaine, a meth high can last from 4 to 16 hours. During the high, the user can become obsessive over a very insignificant task or item, like cleaning the same item over and over again. Tweaking comes at the end of the high and is very dangerous. People in this stage can become very violent, paranoid, and suffer from insomnia and hallucinations like bugs crawling under their skin. Hallucinations like this cause the user to pick at their skin, causing scabs and scars. Meth also suppresses the appetite, leaving those who use it to skin and bones. The crash after using meth will make the user exhausted to the point that they will sleep for 1 to 3 days straight. They are left in a deteriorated state mentally, physically, and emotionally. This dangerous drug will leave the user depressed and suicidal, which leads them to become addicted to the drug, chasing a high that will eventually kill them.
Treatment for meth can be very difficult, but it can be treated. An intensive program is recommended to treat a meth addiction. Building strong support systems are helpful when going through this process. A treatment center will need to have the proper tools to handle meth withdrawal, as it is very dangerous. Call us today and let us find the best facility for you or your loved one. This is an overwhelming process; let us handle the difficult task of locating a treatment center that works with your insurance or budget. Call now at 888-374-3252.