Crystal meth (short for crystal methamphetamine) is a highly addictive drug. In fact, many users report that after one use, they are hooked. There seems to be little chance of escaping the high that this drug creates in people, a high that brings a rush of confidence, hyperactivity, and energy. The high can also include excited speech, decreased appetite, increased physical activity, and elevated levels of focus. This rush feels so good that a person wants to continue to ride the high of crystal meth again and again and again.
For instance, in a post on Drug-Forum.com, one user described the high of crystal meth:
Think about a difficult project you’ve completed and the feeling of pride and self worth you got from it when finished. Imagine what it feels like to be the smartest person in the world. Remember the most excited and energetic you’ve ever felt in your life. Take all of these things and multiply them by a thousand and there you have the basic feeling of meth.
However, as another post on this forum puts it, the type of high depends upon many factors, including the way you ingest meth. “It varies user to user, based on tolerance, reasons for using, amount used, [and] how long you stay up at a time.”
At the same time, while this high can make a person feel incredibly confident, capable, energetic, and euphoric, there is a catch. It’s hard to stop. It’s like you get caught in the grips of the high and you don’t want to give it up. And this is precisely what sets an addiction in motion. If a person continues to fantasize about the high and give in to the cravings to use crystal meth (which is likely), then they are likely to get caught in an addiction.
Using meth not only brings the risk of addiction, but it is very toxic to the body. Meth can cause severe damage to the brain and central nervous system. Consequences of meth use include memory loss, aggression, violence, psychotic behavior, and agitation. Meth can also cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain which can lead to strokes. These are only some of the severe health consequences associated with this drug.
Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally. And depending upon the way that meth is ingested, the use of this drug can create something called meth mouth. This is an informal term that describes the way that meth affects a user’s teeth and overall oral hygiene. Meth mouth can include tooth decay, loss of teeth, tooth fractures, and acid erosion. The condition is caused by a combination of side effects of meth use (clenching and grinding teeth plus dry mouth) as well as lifestyle factors including lack of oral care and consumption of sugary drinks). The conditions are difficult to treat and may lead to loss of teeth.
Crystal meth brings a false sense of happiness because of the great physical and psychological costs that comes with the euphoric high. If you’re addicted to or actively using crystal meth, contact a mental health provider today.
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