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The Effects of Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is a highly addictive dangerous stimulant that affects the user both mentally and physically. The physical effects of Crystal Meth, crystal meth affects almost every part of the users body, including the brain, heart, lungs, digestive system, liver, kidneys, and teeth.

Crystal meth use causes a rise in body temperature, increased heartbeat, and dilated pupils. Crystal meth use damages nerve cells leading to psychosis and paranoia, and many times audible and visual hallucinations. Blood clots can develop as crystal meth tends to constrict veins causing increased blood pressure and reduced blood flow. Many crystal meth users experience stomach and digestive issues such as cramping, diarrhea, constipation, and dehydration.

Poor oral hygiene is also a sign of crystal meth abuse. The stimulating effects cause users to grind and clench their teeth. Many users also experience dry mouth due to the high amounts of acid and decreased saliva production.   Effects of Crystal Meth the high amounts of acid can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss (also known as “meth mouth”).

Other physical effects of crystal meth use include, dilated pupils, an increase in body temperature, excessive sweating, acne and other body sores, and impotence in males. Users many times experience formication, a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling on, or under, skin. Crystal meth is a dangerous drug, excessive use can cause more severe physical effects of Crystal Meth such as muscle breakdown, kidney damage and failure, hyperthermia, cardiac arrest, stroke, brain damage and even death.

How the Brain Heals from the Effects of Crystal Meth

The body is somewhat resilient and many surface effects of meth abuse can be treated. Skin will eventually clear up and return to a more normal appearance for patients who get treatment and successfully maintain sobriety. Hair can be maintained back into good appearance and health.

Teeth lost or heavily damaged through the condition of “meth mouth” need to be extracted and replaced. Although false teeth will be the result, patients can regain a normal appearance and put a better face forward into their future without methamphetamine.

The deeper issue as part of recovery is meth’s damage to the brain. For the brain to recover from effects of crystal meth, it is imperative that patients gain addiction treatment as early in substance abuse as possible. Without treatment, effects from continued use of meth will be permanent, catastrophic and even deadly.

Recent studies indicate that the brain’s functioning can improve after at least a year in recovery from meth abuse. Lost impulse control and attentional focus are the primary neurological effects from meth use that can be at least partially resolved through sobriety and extended time for healing.

Until the brain heals as much as it can after meth use, patients experience challenges in life that can affect them every single day. As an example, a former user of meth may have a choice between spending their entire paycheck on rent that is past due or going shopping for new clothing or other less important needs. Someone who has lost impulse control will opt for self-satisfaction and gratification first, instead of taking care of rent that could avoid homelessness. Over time, patients can regain some of this control lost to effects of crystal meth and make better decisions to progress in life.

The Hills Treatment Center is ready to help you take your life back from crystal meth abuse.  Call today at 866-322-7820.