Methamphetamines are processed in the central nervous system and the brain. When meth is taken in small medicinal doses, it can improve concentration and focus. Meth can also be used in cases of extreme obesity by decreasing appetite as well as be used to treat narcolepsy. When methamphetamine is abused, either prescribed or purchased from a dealer, it takes any medical attributes of meth and increases them to a dangerous point. Meth works in the brain by releasing much higher levels of dopamine that are not naturally occurring. Along with the rush of dopamine that meth produces, it also inhibits the brain from reabsorbing dopamine as it normally does. When the dopamine cannot be reabsorbed, it stays in the brain and disrupts how chemicals naturally react within the brain. Meth use also takes a toll on the heart as it increases blood pressure, respiratory functions, and can lead to overheating and strokes in the event of an overdose.
Meth highly affects the decision-making center of the brain and can lead to increased risky behaviors, including criminal activity to get more meth. As meth is more frequently used, a tolerance is built, and more is required to achieve the desired high that meth produces. Meth is one of the most addictive drugs, and addiction can occur after one, or a few uses. Do not let a meth addiction turn you, or a loved one, into someone you no longer recognize. GH Recovery Solutions can help you, or your loved one, recover from the damage that meth addiction has caused. We equip you with the tools necessary to control cravings, deal with guilt and shame and teach you how to face life, sober.
Being able to identify a meth addiction can be hard. It can easily escalate from casual use to an out of control addiction. Educating yourself on common side effects of meth use and addiction can make recognizing a problem easier.
Common side effects of meth use and abuse are:
- Loss of appetite
- Significant weight loss
- Mood swings
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Unpredictable behavior
- Repetitive obsessive behaviors (tweaking)
- Psychotic symptoms