11 Jan Know More About Detoxing From Meth
How Met Affects The Brain
Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that can help to increase the levels of the chemical dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is the brains reward system and is meant to bring your pleasure.
Meth releases dopamine quickly in a rush that is called a “high.” A high feels euphoric and full of pleasure and can be addictive in itself.
Long term meth effects are nothing to joke about. Meth can actually change parts of the brain due to constant use. Some changes are permanent even if you quit using the drug.
Meth use can mess with your judgment and decision-making skills. This causes a lot of behavior considered risky and dangerous that can put meth addicts at risk. It is common for people who use meth to binge constantly to try and avoid a crash.
This is because after the meth high there are hours of fatigue and depression afterward. This easily leads to addiction or tolerance. Tolerance is when the body grows used to the drug and needs more to feel its effects.
Some consequences of meth use include:
– Decreased appetite.
– Faster breathing.
– Hallucinations (sensations and images that seem real though they are not).
– Intense itching, leading to skin sores from scratching.
– Increased blood pressure and body temperature.
– Increased wakefulness and physical activity.
– Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat.
– Extreme weight loss.
– Paranoia (extreme and unreasonable distrust of others).
– Severe dental problems (“Meth mouth”).
– Sleeping problems.
– Violent behavior.
Meth can also worsen the symptoms of the disease known as HIV.
The detox process is different for everyone. It depends how much of the drug is used, how often, and other drug use history. The painful part of withdrawal usually lasts between 4 to 10 days.
When you’re going through meth withdrawal, you might have mood swings or sleep problems. Intense cravings will happen, which is why it is recommended to be supervised. This can lead to dangerous actions or attempts to obtain meth.
When you have withdrawal, and you are craving meth all rational thought goes out the window. You will do anything to obtain the drug, even threaten people or offer yourself up in exchange. That is one of the scariest dangers of meth use, how it can take over your mind.