Crystal meth is the street name for the drug d-methamphetamine. This drug is used around the globe for recreational use. It’s a man-made stimulant, and it is highly addictive. This drug is colorless and odorless and commonly smoked in a pipe. There are many dangers to using this drug. Getting help to treat addiction is essential. The International Child and Youth Care Network reported that approximately 300,000 people start using crystal meth each year. Recognizing the addiction is the first step to getting an addict treatment.
Signs of Abuse
There are many different physical signs of addiction to crystal meth. Many users will have pimples and blemishes on their face. These can become large and scar, and often, the user will pick at them excessively. The user may show signs of increased amounts of energy, agitation and the inability to sit still or focus. Paranoia is a common side effect of using crystal meth along with weight loss. Crystal meth users may also show signs of deteriorating oral health. This drug can easily cause severe damage the teeth and gums.
Signs of Addiction
There are many signs of addiction that are easy to notice, and someone who is using the drug frequently is likely to show these signs. Individuals who will lie and steal to get the drug are often addicted. An addict will commonly withdrawal from social activities with friends and family members and shun important responsibilities, such as work or school. Commonly, addicts will hang out with other addicts in areas where they can easily get the drug. The addict will become agitated without the substance and may have severe mood swings. Many people will go through hard financial times when using this drug because of their inability to stop purchasing it. When you notice the signs of addiction, you need to get treatment right away.
Crystal meth is a very dangerous drug. This drug can destroy blood vessels in the brain, which may cause a stroke. Some users will experience an increase in their heart rate and heart palpitations. Overdosing on the drug can cause swelling in the heart lining and hyperthermia. Some will become violent while high on this drug.
There are many diseases that can be transmitted while injecting this drug. HIV and hepatitis are just two possible diseases that can be transmitted. Liver disease and kidney disease have also been associated with crystal meth addiction. People who inject the medication may suffer collapsed veins, abscesses at the injection site and infection. Pneumonia and tuberculosis are other diseases that some users suffer from. Some people will experience psychotic symptoms long after they stop using the drug.
What Happens When You Call a Helpline?
Calling a crystal meth abuse helpline is a great way to find sources for treatment. This is a great way for users to reach out for help, and it’s also helpful for loved ones of addicts. The helpline gives users someone to talk to and an anonymous way to seek advice and learn about addiction treatment options. It also gives concerned parents, friends and family members detailed information about getting the addict help. By calling the hotline, you can find out what treatment option is going to be the best choice for you or your loved one.
Some questions you might ask when calling include:
- How long will detox take?
- Are there medications I can take to lessen the effects of my withdrawal symptoms?
- Where are the best detox facilities near me?
- What are my options for inpatient or outpatient treatment programs in my area?
- Can they treat my mental health disorder too (e.g., depression, anxiety)?
Inpatient treatment is the best option for crystal meth addicts. This allows the addict to battle the addiction in a safe environment. The addict will be surrounded by medical professionals and highly trained staff. The addict will learn how to live life without the drug and how to make healthy and smart life decisions without being high. The patient will have no access to the drug. The addict will receive one-on-one counseling and will attend group sessions with other addicts.
The first part of the treatment process often involves detox. For some addicts, this can be particularly challenging; however, when undergone in a medical setting at an addiction treatment center, the symptoms of withdrawal can be mitigated. Through the withdrawal process, the patient may experience:
- Abdominal cramping.
- Mood swings.
- High fever.
With the help of family members and loved ones, it will be easier for the addict to get through rehab and the long-term recovery process.
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- U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016). Methamphetamine. MedlinePlus.