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Understanding Methamphetamine Addiction

Overdose deaths in the United States continue to climb where Methamphetamine was a contributing factor.

Overdose deaths in the United States continue to climb where Methamphetamine was a contributing factor.

Overdose deaths in the United States continue to climb.  In 2016 about 60,000 people died, and by 2019 that number rose to almost 70,000.  Methamphetamine was a contributing factor in those numbers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of drug overdose deaths over a five-year span involving methamphetamine more than tripled, from 1,887 deaths in 2011 to 6,762 deaths in 2016.

Do you know or suspect someone who is using methamphetamines (meth)?

Perhaps you have asked a friend of loved one if they are using meth and they have denied it. Maybe they seemed to be insulted, angry or defensive that you would question them.  Usually the claim to be insulted or acting out in anger is way to “protect” a person’s addiction.  Denial is very common in people who are abusing substances.  Observation may give you more information.

person hitting meth with dirty glass pipe and bic lighterMethamphetamine users have some common symptoms that you can observe.  You might see sudden violent or paranoid behavior that is out of character.  They may have times of insomnia.  Other signs include decreased appetite with increased physical activity, agitation, and excited speech.  Physical symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, elevated blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and elevated body temperature.

Obsessive tendencies to clean and groom, along with repeatedly sorting items and disassembling devices may also be observed.

Long-term use of methamphetamine can create major health issues even after the person has stopped using.  “Meth mouth” is a term for severe dental problems that long-term users have.  High blood pressure caused by methamphetamine can lead to strokes, heart attack or even death.  Kidney, liver and lung damage are also possible, as is damage to the heart and brain.  Psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, delusions or violent behavior can continue for months or years after quitting meth.

Methamphetamine is a powerful and very addictive stimulant.  Popular because it is readily available and is relatively inexpensive.  It has many different forms that can be smoked, taken orally, injected or snorted.  Street names for methamphetamine and its different forms include meth, speed, chalk, ice, crystal, glass and crank among others.

image of woman in treatmentSomeone who is addicted to methamphetamine will have withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue use.

Typical withdrawal symptoms, in addition to drug cravings, are increased appetite, depressed mood, and sleep issues.

Treatment is available for individuals who are addicted to methamphetamines to help them deal with mental, physical and emotional issues from their addiction.  With the right plan of treatment, recovery is possible.  The sooner treatment is started, the better chances are for recovery.

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