Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive stimulants on the planet, and one of the most dangerous. It’s available nearly everywhere, and it’s extremely easy to use and manufacture it out of household products. It’s cheaper than heroin in most cities, and comes in crystallized or powdered forms. It’s extremely powerful and it can have lasting impacts on your health and your life. Many people who suffer from mental health concerns that go undiagnosed find themselves using meth as a way to cover their symptoms, and it’s estimated that there are at least 1.4 million people in the United States alone using it. Listed below are ten ways meth addiction affects you that you may not have thought of.
- Meth damages your brain – meth has a serious impact on how the brain produces chemicals, and over long periods of time, heavy useage is shown to do irreparable damage.
- Financial ruin – Addicts find themselves blowing every penny they have to get their fix, often to the ruin of their family’s financial situation.
- Tooth loss – the chemicals in meth literally rot your teeth out, and as an adult, they will not grow back.
- More likely to have a heart attack – Meth tends to cause a serious rise in your body temperature and heart rate, which could give you a heart attack or other heart complications that could be fatal.
- Creepy-crawlies – many people with an addiction to meth feel as if they have tiny bugs beneath their skin, and can even harm themselves trying to scratch them away.
- Insomnia – over time, most addicts find they can’t sleep, and stay up all night and day.
- Compulsive behaviours – People with meth addiction can find themselves compulsively doing things, like cleaning or even pulling their hair.
- Paranoia – many people find they gradually develop severe paranoia over almost everything in their life, which simply fuels their drug use.
- Homelessness – A shockingly large number of homeless people have an addiction to meth or other stimulants that drove their decline with financial problems or legal issues.
- Jail time – If you’re foolish enough to drive under the influence or break the law in an attempt to secure more drugs, you’re almost certainly facing serious jail time.
If you’re struggling with an addiction to meth, you don’t have to face it alone. The Springboard Center has a medical detox program that can help with severe chemical dependency, and the residential and outpatient treatment plans can be fit to your needs and your situation. Meth can be a vice grip, but we’re here to help you set yourself free from it. Call today: 432-620-0255.