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What is Methamphetamine — Meth Treatment

Updated on November 28, 2014
What is methamphetamine— meth treatment
What is methamphetamine— meth treatment


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Please leave your valuable suggestions regarding What is Methamphetamine— Meth Treatment.


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    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice to hear from you dear fpherj48

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      FlourishAnyway, you are absolutely true to express that it is heartening to see people drain down their lives for such pitiable things.

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I want to check out the REAL Eric Church!! Signed, "Anonymous Dirty Old Lady"

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      How sad. It's frustrating to know that people waste their talent and good health for nothing. There's so much to live for.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your appreciation. Yes, you are right this drug has drastic after-effects on people taking it.

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      5 years ago from USA

      What terrible effects this drug has on people. The before/after photo you displayed are dramatic indeed, as she seems to demonstrate some of the symptoms that you discuss (e.g., skin lesions, weight loss). It's so frustrating to have to go through extra legal loopholes in the drugstore to buy over-the-counter medications like cough syrup because people are somehow transforming it into meth. Gosh, if they're smart enough to do that, I can just imagine what else they're smart enough to do ... but they're addicted to drugs so society doesn't get to benefit from their talents! I hope your friend finds quality help and is able to shake the terrible effects of drugs. Good hub. Voted up and more.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you chef for all your appreciation and spreading this thought to stop drug abuse in the world.

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      Handicapped Chef 

      5 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      pinto2011, this well written hub I had my son and his friends read this I really think this is something that all people should be aware of.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You are quite right in stating that this menance should be given much more attention as this turns a beautiful human being into a puppet into the hands of drug peddlers.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A big problem in many parts of the world especially the U.S.A I had no idea it is a problem in India as Sherry Hewins has mentioned and it is sad to see anyone get involved with drugs and ruin their good lives.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Sherry thanks for your interest in my hub. Ya slowly meth or crystal or ice is catching up here in India which is a thing to worry . In your country also, it is a big problem controlled by the Mexican druglords who were earlier into marijuana, opium, and heroine trade, but shifted to methamphetamine because it is cheap and can be manufactured onsite and do not have logistic risks and problems.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Is methamphetamine a big problem in India? You certainly did a good job of describing it's short-term and long-term effects. I'm glad to say that in my part of the country meth seems to be less prevalent than it was 10 years ago. Perhaps that's just my perception, though I hope it's true.

    • pinto2011 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      The world's most profitable business is drug selling. So, the perpetrators are seller and not abusers. It is the duty of our government and we as a citizen to keep a check on these and report as soon as we notice something like that. An abuser often do not know the long term consequences and take it just for recreation or to beat away depression, but the drug sellers know very well what he is selling.

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      vicki Taylor 

      6 years ago

      Knowing all this why do we as a nation allow these mentally ill people to run free on the streets; stealing, killing, destroying themselves which in turn puts a burden on the community to take care of them for life, once they destroy their brains.


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