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What is Methamphetamine — Meth Treatment
WHAT MADE ME TO WRITE ABOUT METHAMPHETAMINE
One day, I came to know that one of my friend's younger brother who was a very bright and intelligent engineering student had became a drug addict and ruined his life and his family who were unable to cope with the reality got him admitted in a rehab for methamphetamine addiction, but this was not his first admission into rehab but second because he was unable to cope with the methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms and getting addicted again when released in social environment, i.e., with friends and family.
I can see the tears in the eyes of uncle, aunty and his sister multiple times. That very day a very bright engineering student who was an asset to our country all of a sudden due to methamphetamine addiction became liability upon his parents. That very day I thought that no one is spared from the perils and iron clutches of this drug world and I must write about methamphetamine effects and its cruelness to mankind.
WHAT IS METHAMPHETAMINE
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug with becoming addict with just a single use. It looks like white crystal and is known as crystal meth, meth, methamphetamine, methamphetamine crystal and so on.
It is an amphetamine class of drug which stimulates our nervous systems, have medicinal values but if taken in more than prescribed quantity, gives an euphoria and addiction which numerous side effects.
HOW METHAMPHETAMINE GIVES EUPHORIA OR PLEASURE
Our brain rewards us for doing things of pleasure by releasing dopamine which is known as happy hormone. Methamphetamine induces or stimulates our brain to release large amounts of dopamine which in turns makes us euphoric. This induced euphoria is very dangerous because it slowly changes our brain activity making us highly addicted.
THE WAYS OF METHAMPHETAMINE ABUSE
This white crystalline powder which is odorless and tasting bitter is often consumed or abused in different ways like dissolving it in water and alcohol, taking it in oral tablets form, snorting it in powdered form, smoking it filling it in a cigarette or pipe, or by injecting it directly into blood.
WHAT ARE THE METHAMPHETAMINE SYMPTOMS OR METHAMPHETAMINE SIDE EFFECTS
Its abuse results in improper functioning of the dopamine generating system and alteration of brain functioning in several areas.
Methamphetamine side effects #1: A person shows signs and symptoms in the way of memory loss, altered mental function, improper following of commands, excessive anger like a schizophrenic person or deep depression.
Methamphetamine side effects #2: Also, the respiration rate along with heart rate will surge up, irregularity in heart beat, there will be considerable decrease in appetite.
Methamphetamine side effects #3: An addict will show psychotic symptoms like visual or auditory hallucinations like seeing things which are not there, taking to someone who is not there, staring at walls for hours, taking to himself, taking unnecessarily, doing weird caricatures.
Methamphetamine side effects #4: Due to decrease in the oxygen delivery system that is blood circulation to our legs and hands, skin lesions will erupt.
Methamphetamine side effects #5: Decaying of bum and loss of teeth is noted.
Methamphetamine side effects #5: There will be loss of appetite which in turn will lead to weight loss.
Methamphetamine side effects #6: There is will be increased libido.
Methamphetamine side effects #6: Our kidneys and liver get damaged with an increased risk of heart attacks along with strokes due to vasoconstriction.
NOTE: Drug abusers are often into adult industry and share needle to inject drug which increases the risk of HIV manifolds.
LIVE, GRUESOME, AND UGLY EXAMPLES OF THE METHAMPHETAMINE ABUSE
In Thailand, methamphetamine is known as Yaba and scores of laborers are abusing this drug just to overwork and earn more money and showing the below-mentioned cruel side effects:
1. They forget to brush their teeth due to which their gums slowly decays and they loses their teeth which is a horrific site.
2. They forget to eat because of loss of hunger due to the drug which leads to severe loss of weight and deterioration of health.
3. They continuously work to earn more money without sleeping because of the euphoria of the drug which alters with normal 8-hour sleep workday. This damages our brain further, because our brain needs sleep and during sleep it repairs the wear and tear in our body and makes new cells.
Such is the misuse of drug that now the workers are abusing it to get preference in employment by working more hours and they carry this drug to whichever country they go to outperform the local workers.
The same is happening with the adult industry workers who take methamphetamine (known as Yaba there) to wake long hours and entertain more customers to earn more money.
WHY METHAMPHETAMINE INSTEAD OF OTHER DRUGS
1. Because methamphetamine is the cheapest drug in comparison to the euphoria or pleasure feeling it gives. No other drug can compare with it even opium or heroin.
2. Because it could be made anywhere locally and do not need to be transported illegally and caught and jailed. You just need a few prescription drugs available at most chemist shops, a heating unit, and a few utensils to make it.
Because of its cheapness and easy availability, it is very popular among every class, i.e., either it is high, middle, or low class, students, partygoers, workers, drivers, or adult industry.
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What is Methamphetamine— Meth Treatment
Addiction to methamphetamine is treatable. The earlier you notice the symptoms in anyone, the easier he or she is to get cured through treatment and the lesser are the chances of relapse or falling back on the drug. But a lot depends upon the will power, willingness and understanding of the person in need of treatment also. The person first needs to understand that the euphoria or pleasure or say benefits he is getting through this crystal meth abuse is momentary and the risks outweighs the benefits. The family and friends need to understand that methamphetamine side effects will damage the life fully and so immediate rehab or treatment is needed.
Methamphetamine addiction affects us in two ways:
1. It makes our brain its slaves which we call addiction.
First we get the person detoxified that is slow and progressive cessation from methamphetamine addiction under supervised medical attention and medical therapy. The person could be kept under a rehab center or under family and social environment depending upon the stage of addiction, willingness to quit, and methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms.
2. It diseases our brain with psychotic complications like schizophrenia, severe mood swings, excessive angriness, excessive depression, suicidal or homicidal thoughts, memory loss, etc.
We provide extensive counseling to the patient regarding the methamphetamine side effects on body and mind and its long-term consequences. We draw a clear picture of methamphetamine abuse and the benefits of quitting it the sooner the better.
Also, friends and family support and care is essential in this psychological treatment. The more is the nurture and care, the more early treatment for methamphetamine is possible.
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