Methamphetamine

Smoke comes out of meth pipe

What Is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine, or meth, is also known as speed. It can be found in crystalline powder form, or in a clear crystal form known as ice. Meth is a heavy stimulant, which can be ingested, inhaled (snorted), smoked, or injected. The effects of the drug can last for 6-12 hours; and are characterized by an initial “rush”, followed by a “crash”. This phenomenon often leads to binge use. Other names for meth include crank, ice, or glass.

Methamphetamine addiction

Methamphetamine causes the release of large amounts of dopamine, a chemical affecting the pleasure center of the brain. There is a high risk of misuse, abuse, or addiction associated with meth; which can develop over a relatively short period of time, due to the intense effect of the drug has on the brain. As tolerance develops within the user, higher dosages are required to achieve the same effect. The user may experience intense psychological and physiological withdrawals, often leading to increased use in order to achieve, or maintain, the same high.

Meth Addiction Treatment

Addiction to meth is most effectively treated through a variety of approaches; including physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual strategies. There are often underlying mental health conditions associated to meth addiction; whether pre-existing, or due to the consequence of continued usage. This often requires medical assistance to address. Due to the highly addictive nature of methamphetamines, rehab is necessary as the brain regulates. Effective treatment also involves cognitive, emotional, social, and family approaches. After all, addiction is found in isolation, while recovery is found in community support. Adequate structure and support are crucial, as the individual develops and applies the tools and coping skills necessary for recovery.