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Dangers of Crystal Meth Abuse

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to on the street as crystal meth, is a physically and psychologically addictive central nervous system stimulant. It has many dangerous and potentially fatal short-term and long-term effects, as well as the possibility of irreversible damage. It is important to be aware of the dangers of meth abuse, as many abusers are oblivious to the harmful effects.

Short Term Dangers of Meth Abuse

Upon smoking or injecting meth, the user feels an intense rush, followed by euphoria. Snorting crystal meth creates the euphoria, but not the rush. Upon using meth, users may experience an extreme sense of power, insomnia, decreased appetite, and delusional thought processes. The psychological effects of meth have been known to lead users to act irrationally, often in the form of violence towards oneself or others. Physically, meth abuse severely deteriorates the body. Lack of sleep and inhibition of hunger cause the user to become very unhealthy.

Long Term Dangers

Prolonged meth abuse can cause even more serious effects. Chronic meth abuse often causes meth psychosis, colloquially known as “tweaking.” The effects of meth psychosis may resemble those of Alzheimer’s, with loss of memory, loss of time perception, and dementia-like confusion. One also usually experiences uncontrollable violence, extreme anxiety, and even worse health. Auditory hallucinations and rapid mood disturbances often cause the user to isolate. Meth use negatively affects one’s mouth, possibly leading to tooth decay, or “meth mouth.”

Withdrawal Effects of Methamphetamine

As threatening as meth use is, the body’s reaction to its removal are just as dangerous. Upon stopping meth abuse, users may experience extreme agitation, fear, cravings to use, nausea, and shaking or tremors. A medical detox is vital to helping a meth user successfully detox their body.

Lasting Dangers of Meth Abuse

Even after quitting meth, effects may be noticed for a long time after use. Psychosis may be irreparable. Meth abuse has been shown to significantly increase the risk of Parkinson’s among chronic users as well. Memory loss, short attention span, and decreased motor function may follow a former meth addict for their whole life.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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