Methamphetamine is a class of addictive drugs that includes street-level crystal meth and others. For medicinal purposes, some ingredients in meth are used to treat ADHD –Attention Hyperactivity Disorder. Although recreational use of this class of drugs is not common in most countries, meth is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs. For that reason, it is essential to be armed with information about signs and symptoms of meth use to help your loved ones early enough before they sink deeper into addiction.
Meth exists in the form of a white or light brown powder. The drug also comes in the form of crystal chunks that can be crushed and swallowed, smoked or injected.
For a person using meth, telltale signs would include tiny bags of white powder or used syringes. Other items that would indicate meth use include small pieces of aluminum foil and soda cans. A meth user does not sleep for long, they may stay awake for several days on end. The user also loses appetite and subsequently slenderizes by unmatched levels to assume a skinny and hungry look.
For most meth users, getting overheated and feeling sweaty without physical exertion is part of the baggage. An overdose of meth can cause overheating to the point of convulsions, a collapse of cardiac function and even death. The pupils will be very much dilated and red eyes and vasodilated veins will speak of his/ her increased blood pressure. He or she may become sexually excited.
Other symptoms of met use include
• Loss of appetite
• Massie weight loss
• Nervousness and anxiety
Meth is a potent stimulant. With smoking and injection, there is a speedy “rush” of euphoria that takes over the user’s body, followed by a lengthy period of declining happiness. With the ingestion method, there is a slower rush, but the high lasts longer; up to ten hours.
Excess Use of Meth have Adverse Effects
Methamphetamine is a drug formulated by combining harsh chemicals. Heavy use of meth always boomerangs on the user. The users develop a new lifestyle that further speeds them down the rabbit hole. Adverse effects include irregular heartbeat, mood disturbances, violence, aggression, and paranoia. Meth users always deteriorate personal appearance and civilized behavior.
Serial meth users often get hallucinations and delusions. Some pick at their skin in an attempt to remove bugs crawling under their skin. For others, their distorted reality will make them stand out in unkemptness, carelessness, and a foul mouth.
This is another primary symptom of meth use. Because of the harsh chemicals in the drug, meth dries up saliva in the mouth, causing rough, scaly lips and rotten teeth with a brown tint; that is what is known as “meth mouth.”
Meth users will always have impaired judgment and often engage in risky sexual activities (meth leads to increased libido). When a person develops a meth addiction, they put the drug first before self, children, and work. The children may be neglected, abused and go unfed. Meth addicts always fail to observe personal hygiene and general cleanliness around the home.
Meth addiction is no different to the gothic opiate addiction. Remediation and rehabilitation measures need to be taken swiftly to unhook the individuals. The signs as mentioned above are what you should watch out for with meth use.