Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, it is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs out there. It is often a white to light brown crystalline powder or clear chunky crystals that resemble broken pieces of glass. Methamphetamine can be found in liquid form as well. It can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked, so you may find small bags of white powder or crystals and syringes. Crystal meth treatment options are available that can provide one with the help they need to better their chances of a full life long recovery.
10 signs to watch for if you believe that you or a loved one is addicted to meth
Extreme weight loss
One of the most common symptoms of crystal meth addiction is extreme and rapid weight loss. When someone is using meth, they have no appetite.
One of the most common physical reactions to using meth is eye twitching. An addict’s eyes will twitch at least 2 – 3 times every minute and this is something they can’t control until they have completely detoxed off of the drug.
Changes in mood
Of course there are many psychological disorders that can cause extreme variances in mood, meth addicts will also experience them. High doses of meth can even cause permanent depression in some addicts!
Repeating the same behavior over and over again
Meth addicts will often want to take things apart, like a car engine or a clock, and put them back together. They may want to exercise excessively or find other repetitive projects to do. Most of the time they are not aware of their surroundings when they are experiencing this side effect of abuse.
Hyperactivity can be hard to detect if the person was already very energetic before they started using the drug. But when a meth addict gets high they may not even be able to stop moving. This side effect can make them very dangerous to people around them and to themselves.
Dilated pupils are typically experienced for around 24 to 26 hours after they take the drug. Most addicts will wear sunglasses to hide their eyes from others while they are dilated.
Foul body odor
Meth addicts will have a harsh, unpleasant smell to them because of the chemicals used to make the drug. Combine this with the fact that meth makes you sweat a lot, and you’ve got a very smelly person. This odor might remind you of cat urine. Meth labs have this same smell!
Meth addicts will think everyone is out to get them – the government, aliens and even their own friends and family. They will become introverted and not want to go out in public at all. They will keep to themselves and go long periods of time before they want to communicate with anyone else.
This is one of the more obvious and uncomfortable symptoms addicts will experience. Meth addicts will have very dry and itchy skin. They will itch all of the time, all over their body. The itching can become so bad that they’ll itch until they draw blood.
Meth mouth is a phrase to describe meth addicts that suffer from tooth decay and other mouth diseases. The drug can blacken their teeth and they eventually fall out. They also may have red, painful and bleeding gums gums. This exacerbates the weight loss, since it will painful for them to eat or drink anything.
At Restore Health and Wellness, we can set up a personalized crystal meth addiction treatment plan that focuses directly on meth addiction recovery, using the most effective modern methods of healing!