Crystal Meth Consequences
Crystal methamphetamine, more commonly known as crystal meth, is the most infamous form of the dangerous drug methamphetamine.
Crystal meth can be taken in quite a few ways: injecting it through the use of a needle, burning it and inhaling the smoke (smoking it), taking it orally (swallowing it), and snorting it (turning it into a powder and inhaling it through the nose).
The overall consequences of using crystal meth can be devastating.
What are the Side Effects of Crystal Meth?
Even in its purest form, methamphetamines are not safe and as a street drug; crystal meth, is even more dangerous.
Sure, crystal meth does make users feel hyperactive, full of energy, overly confident, and imbued with a false sense of happiness; however, the negative effects of this drug are never worth the risk.
The Dangers of Crystal Meth Mixed with Other Chemicals
A vast majority of the crystal meth sold on the street is created in homemade labs. These haphazard homemade crystal meth labs are often unsanitary and inadequate for properly formulating chemical substances – street drug or otherwise.
The individuals who make crystal meth (and other illicit substances) in these homemade labs often put the drug user at risk by carelessly exposing him or her to a wide range of dangerous, and possibly toxic, chemicals (and were not even talking about the crystal meth itself).
These “cooks” (drug makers) – as they are known on the street – will oftentimes cut their drugs with hazardous additives, harmful chemicals, and other impurities. This is not done out of malice but rather because they are trying to make more money by spreading their drug thinner. These harmful chemicals can lead to a great deal of health issues, such as:
- Respiratory problems
- Migraines and short term memory issues
- Cardiovascular problems
- Nausea and vomiting
How Does Crystal Meth Affect Your Mind and Body?
Most people know at least some of the consequences crystal meth can have on the body of the person using it. However, what is not as widely known is the fact that prolonged use of crystal meth can negatively affect the mind of the user as well.
Here are the main ways that crystal meth affects the mind and body of the person using it.
- Your physical appearance deteriorates (teeth, skin, etc.)
- You can develop insomnia
- You can develop mood swings
- You are at greater risk of getting heart disease
- You can develop chronic anxiety
- You can experience hallucinations and delusions
- You can become increasingly paranoid
- You can develop decreased sex drive
- You are at risk of having erectile dysfunction
The risk of death is real.
Crystal meth can be lethal after just one use of the drug.
While drugs like crystal meth inflict a general set of symptoms on users, every person is different and could potentially react differently to its effects. Some individuals will suffer from more severe symptoms than others, while some people may even experience different symptoms altogether.
Here are some of the ways that crystal meth can affect the human body:
- Irregular heartbeats
- Increased heart rate
- Heart attack
- Nervous system instability
- Increased blood pressure
- Hemorrhaging in the brain
- Increased body temperature
- Lung collapse
Why Is Crystal Meth Addictive?
Crystal meth can make the user feel false benefits while they are using the drug. Crystal meth bestows upon its users a false sense of happiness. This euphoric state of mind always hits crystal meth users the hardest when they initially start using the drug. This crystal meth dependent state of happiness is one of the main reasons why first time users keep using the drug and become addicted. They end up chasing that happy, euphoric state of mind, but they can never recapture it again.
Crystal meth also makes users feel full of energy and even hyperactive. Many recovering and current addicts say that they felt as if they could get more done while high.
Lastly, crystal meth also leaves its users feeling overly confident and sometimes very assertive. This type of mental state can be addictive and it is more addictive for individuals who have social anxiety and other similar disorders.
Getting Over Your Crystal Meth Addiction
Addiction can be crippling to your relationships, your job, and your physical and mental health. Battling addiction is never easy, but dealing with it head on is necessary if you want to have a rewarding and healthy life.
Don’t wait. If you or a loved one is suffering in the clutches of a crystal meth addiction, contact Blvd Treatment Centers at 888-537-6671 and get the professional help that you need today.
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