The Reason Behind Those Gaunt, Aged Faces Appearing In Meth Before and After Images Online
Are you worried that your face will soon appear alongside the horrific meth before and after images circulating the web?
Meth, more formally known as methamphetamine, is a stimulant that targets the central nervous system (CNS); leaving users with effects such as: increased energy levels, feelings of intense euphoria, and decreased appetite.
Listed under the name Desoxyn, pharmaceutical grade methamphetamine has not actually seen a lot of clinical use – especially when compared to other drugs, like opiates, which have high clinical and illicit usage.
Clinically, methamphetamine has been posited as a means of managing ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and even surprisingly as a short term weight loss aid for persons who are extremely dangerously overweight.
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Regardless of its actual clinical applications, methamphetamine is classified (as a medical agent) as a Schedule II drug. This essentially means that because it has such a high potential for abuse, it is therefore highly controlled.
As an illicit substance, methamphetamine most commonly exists as an odorless, white crystalline powder. Like a lot of other stimulants, meth is often abused repeatedly in a binge and then crash sequence – meaning that the individual takes the drug initially and then starts to repeat their usage of it once the effects of the drug start to wear off.
So what does meth do to you? Well, when meth is used and abused it eventually has damaging effects on the individual’s mental health and physical health. Meth can be taken through various delivery methods, including; snorting, smoking, and injecting.
Frequent smoking of meth can lead to dependence (both physical and psychological) as well as increased tolerance levels to the drug and subsequently addiction.
What Does Meth Do To You?
Persistent use and abuse of meth can lead to a wide variety of side effects that can range from mildly severe to extremely fatal. Some of the physical side effects of meth us and abuse are as follows:
- Skin sores.
- Heart attack.
- Problems with motor skills.
- Heart palpitations.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Injuries due to violent behavior.
- Increased risk of HIV due to risky sexual practices.
- Weight loss.
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As mentioned before, not only does meth have negative effects on the user’s physical health but it can also negatively affect their mental health as well. Here are some of the most common negative mental health effects of meth use and abuse:
- Violent behaviors.
- Delusions (such as thinking insects are crawling under the skin, etc.).
- Memory loss.
- Mood disturbances.
- Cognitive deficits.
An individual does not need to be using meth for years before these side effects become prominent. In fact, records have shown that some users have shown signs of having some of these side effects mere weeks after initially using meth and in extreme cases even after just a couple of uses.
In addition to this, even after repeated short term use of the drug, it is highly for an individual’s body to develop a severe physical dependence on meth. As a result of this, if this individual stops using meth, after physical dependence becomes an issue, then they may find themselves being unwillingly subjected to a nasty array of withdrawal symptoms.
Some of the more common withdrawal symptoms of meth dependence include:
- Slow heart rate.
- Increased appetite.
- The inability to feel pleasure
- Increased risk of suicide.
- Slow movements and thoughts.
If all of this wasn’t bad enough, numerous studies have shown direct correlation between meth use in pregnant women and negative side effects on babies – both on their physical and mental health.
Some of the common negative side effects found by these studies are:
- Increased anxiety and depression in childhood
- Increased risk of premature delivery
- Small birth size
- Poor attention spans
- Separation of the placenta from uterine wall
- Increased aggression
- Cardiac and neural abnormalities
While it may be hard to combat the physical effects of prenatal meth expose at such a young age, the potential emotional and behavioral issues can be deal with and lessened with relevant treatment.
If you are abusing meth and subsequently get pregnant then you should know that you don’t have to continue damaging yourself and your unborn child. There are numerous treatment options that are available that can help you quit!
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Statistics Behind Smoking Meth
Meth is a dangerous drug, and while it is not as popular as cocaine or marijuana, it is still a huge problem in the US.
Treatment admissions for meth addiction and abuse dropped significantly from 8% in 2005 to 5.6% in 2011.
However, in 2011 there were well over 100,000 meth related emergency room visits.
In 2012 it was estimated that over 1.2 million people had abused the drug in the past year alone.
Lastly, over 3% of teenagers (between 8th grade and 12th grade) have tried meth at least once in their lifetime.
So What’s Up With Meth Before And After Pictures?
Smoking meth is quite possibly the most popular delivery method of the drug. This is due to the fact that smoking the drug allows the effects of the drug to be felt almost immediately. However, it should also be noted that the Office of National Drug Control Policy states that smoking meth is also the most addictive delivery method there is for the drug. In addition to all of this, smoking meth has been shown to exacerbate the general negative effects of the drug.
Sadly, prolonged meth usage can also directly and indirectly be the cause of physical deformities in users – “meth mouth” is one such common physical deformity.
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By far, one of the most common things that meth before and after images tend to focus on is the damage that smoking the drug has on the user’s mouth.
Meth mouth usually encompasses; tooth decay, mouth sores, and gum disease. The presumed toxic qualities of meth smoke, poor eating habits, neglected dental hygiene, and teeth grinding, are all causes of “meth mouth”.
BLVD Treatment Centers – The Solution For Your Meth Addiction
Meth before and after images can be scary to look at; however, they are an accurate representation of just how detrimental using this drug can be. Not only do they answer the question of “what does meth do to you?” – they also serve as a possible deterrent for future meth users or a wakeup call for people who need to kick their meth addiction.
At BLVD Treatment Centers we are dedicated to helping people kick their addictions to the curb and also learn to live a life free from drug use. Our skilled professionals formulate personalized treatment plans for each of our patients, taking into account their preexisting physical and mental health conditions.
All of our facilities also incorporate:
- Affordable private payment plans
- Daytime and nighttime rehab programs
- 12-step, non-12 step, and LBGTQ rehabilitation treatment tracks
- Treatment covered by PPO insurance
- One on one individual therapy sessions
- Group treatment therapy
Call or visit any of our professional outpatient rehab centers:
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2013). What are the immediate (short-term) effects of methamphetamine abuse?
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