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What Are the Signs of Meth Addiction?

What Are the Signs of Meth Addiction?

Meth addiction is a serious and complicated issue. Knowing the signs is the first step toward achieving a healthy, sober future.

Methamphetamines are a highly addictive and dangerous class of drugs that significantly impact one's physical and mental health. Identifying the signs of meth addiction as early as possible is vital for getting the help one needs to prevent further destructive effects and pursue a sober life.

Meth addiction impacts an individual in a variety of ways. Being aware of both the immediate effects of meth use and its prolonged symptoms can help individuals make the most informed approach to establish a healthy future or support a loved one in their journey to sobriety.

What Are Methamphetamines?

Meth comes in a variety of forms and can be administered in different ways. Crystal meth, the most commonly used form, is a small, clear, glass-like rock that can be smoked. Meth can also be crushed and snorted, taken as a pill, or injected. Regardless of how one administers meth, the effects are usually immediate, acting incredibly quickly to affect one's body and mind.

These fast-acting drugs are illegal. Not only are they dangerous on their own, but they are also made in a variety of inconsistent ways. Because meth is not monitored or regulated, one can never be entirely certain exactly what one is putting in their body when using meth. 

Methamphetamines are also an extremely potent stimulant, creating a rush of energy throughout one's body and overtaxing one's regular bodily processes. The euphoric high that meth produces is short-lived and coupled with many other negative, destructive effects.

This leaves individuals feeling as if they have to use it multiple times to achieve their desired high and stave off the comedown, which further compromises their long-term mental and physical health. This is known as tolerance, and it’s a major symptom of drug addiction.

The Effects of Meth

Meth causes a large number of effects on the body. Some of the signs of meth use include:

  • Faster breathing

  • Higher blood pressure

  • Increased body temperature

  • A sudden influx of energy

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Anxiety

  • Loss of focus

  • Muscle spasms

  • Paranoia

  • Panic

  • Irritability

  • Mood swings

Each individual experiences unique symptoms or combinations of symptoms with the use of methamphetamines. There is also the very real threat of overdose from meth, a situation that can rapidly turn fatal.

Meth’s effects are a destructive force and identifying the use of meth is essential in taking the first step to overcoming an addiction. 

Long-Term Signs of Meth Use

The effects of meth on the body and mind can be extensive, and there are a host of health complications that can result from one's use of methamphetamines. Some of these effects of meth include cardiovascular problems, liver damage, persistent anxiety and paranoia, depression, and panic.

Sores can also manifest on the body, and compulsions to scratch and pick at one's skin and scabs are typical as a result. 

Sleeping problems are also common. Individuals using meth often find themselves unable to either fall asleep or stay asleep. Extreme weight loss is also common as an individual skips meals, and rotting teeth or other dental concerns known as “meth mouth” may also occur. 

For those injecting meth, track marks and bruising are very common on one's body, creating scabs and further compromising one's physical health. There is no safe way to use meth, and the only way to pursue a healthy life is to eliminate the use of methamphetamines with the help of a professional detox and recovery program. 

Behavioral Changes of Meth Addiction

An individual doesn't have to directly observe an individual using methamphetamines to recognize the development of addiction. Those struggling with addiction to methamphetamines may exhibit behavioral changes in a number of ways.

They may become more isolated and disinterested in hobbies or relationships and may begin to neglect usual responsibilities like daily household chores, basic obligations, and work attendance or tasks. 

Hygiene routines can also be compromised. Not only does meth directly impact one's dental health, but it can also cause an individual to neglect general grooming in areas like dental care, showers, and proper dieting.

An individual may also begin to dress differently, with heavy clothing and sweatshirts at all times of the year. For some, this is to help moderate their body temperature — something made complex through the prolonged use of meth — while others may turn to baggy clothes to hide track marks or other outward signs of drug use. 

Taking Action: The First Step Towards Treating Meth Addiction

Meth is an incredibly dangerous and highly addictive type of drug and overcoming an addiction to meth is a difficult endeavor. Professional rehab and dedicated detox programs are necessary to address one's use of these dangerous drugs. It is never too late to pursue a life of sobriety.

Attempting self-detox in one's home is dangerous when trying to tackle complex withdrawal symptoms and one's mental health. Professionals are instrumental in helping an individual navigate this tumultuous time while managing withdrawal symptoms, and mental health, and establishing new routines and lifestyles that promote sobriety. 

Meth Addiction Is Destructive; Get Help Today at The Edge Treatment Center

Meth is an incredibly destructive type of drug, regardless of how or why it is used, and there is no safe way to engage with these substances. At The Edge Treatment Center, we understand the need for professional medical detox to overcome an addiction to these destructive drugs, and we are prepared to help you today.

We’ll help you create a personalized recovery program directed at your unique needs and goals. Our aim is to guide you through every step in the recovery process. For more information on how we can personalize your time with us, contact us today.

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Written by

brian-mooreBrian Moore

Content Writer

Reviewed by

jeremy-arztJeremy Arzt

Chief Clinical Officer

Drug and Alcohol

July 5, 2022