What is Meth Addiction?
Methamphetamine, or “meth” for short, is a stimulant that creates a sense of happiness, confidence, and energy. It comes in a white crystalline form, hence the street names “crystal meth,” “ice,” and “glass.” It’s commonly used at clubs and rave parties, although it’s now expanded non-club environments.
Meth is highly addictive, and people have been known to be addicted after just one use. Tolerance to meth develops very quickly, and users require more of the drug to get the same effects. It causes the rush by making the brain release large amounts of dopamine.
Meth users can be identified by dilated pupils, weight loss, eye twitching, hyperactivity, and repetitious behaviour. Users have also been known to enter a manic phase of obsessive and compulsive cleaning.
Meth changes the brain’s chemistry every time it’s used, destroying dopamine receptors and making it progressively more difficult to feel pleasure—either during a high or even naturally. It also permanently damages a user’s cognitive abilities and psychological balance. Chronic meth users are characterized by paranoia, delusions, extreme hostility, hallucinations, and other psychoses.
Long-term users suffer extreme physical changes such as rotted teeth (a condition called “meth mouth”), mouth and face sores, loss of coordination, and slow reactions to the world around them.