Methamphetamine, or meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that can be smoked, injected, inhaled, or taken by mouth. Meth is part of the group of central nervous system stimulants that include amphetamines and cocaine. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that over 12 million people in the United States have tried methamphetamines at least once. Because of this, it’s important to recognize the signs of meth addiction in your loved ones.
Consequences of Meth Addiction
As with other addictive drugs, meth has serious consequences for the individual user physically, psychologically, and socially. The medical community has been studying the effects of meth on the brain, and neuro-imaging research has demonstrated alterations in the activity of dopamine levels, which are associated with reduced motor coordination and verbal learning. Chronic abusers suffer from structural and functional changes in areas of the brain that control emotion, memory, and cognition. While some may begin experimenting with methamphetamines to enhance a club-lifestyle, it’s clear that there are negative consequences in the long term.
Signs of Meth Addiction
Drug knowledge and education is a good thing, whether you seeking answers for yourself or a loved one. Methamphetamines are often used and abused for those looking to boost energy, improve focus and performance at work or school, control appetite or lose weight, or searching for the ultimate ‘high.’ There are some common red flags associated with recent meth usage.
- Feeling of exhilaration
- Excess confidence
- Increased alertness
- Impaired judgment
- Rapid or rambling speech
- Dilated pupils
- Vomiting and weight loss
- Eventual depression
Methamphetamine Addiction and Rehabilitation
The good news is that if you intervene in time, and prevent long-term meth abuse, meth addiction can be treated. Review the warning signs of meth addiction and think carefully about all of the behaviors of the person in question. Consult with a physician along with other family members and concerned parties. Formulate the best plan going forward to address the meth addiction. Then finally, turn to a trusted partner like The Hills Treatment Center. Speak to an admissions representative and share your impressions and explain your concerns. The team at The Hills are expert clinicians in the field of meth addiction and will construct an individualized treatment plan for you or your loved one; stewarding the client through detoxification, recovery, and rehabilitation. Take the first step today. Call 866-323-4665 to get started.