Known as a stimulant that produces a rush of dopamine, methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that is easily abused by users. Originally prescribed as a decongestant and available in tablet form, the FDA quickly restricted and regulated it once it was revealed that many Americans were abusing the drug for its effects. While meth produces elation and hyperactivity, it can also produce agitation, weight loss, insomnia, and more.
If you’re interested in seeking help for your meth addiction, Freedom Detox is here for you. We can inform you about the detox process and the side effects of withdrawal so you know what to expect. Our team of medical doctors, nurses, and counselors work around the clock to support our clients so they feel safe during detox.
Dangers of Meth Abuse
Similar to cocaine, smoking or injecting methamphetamine can produce a rush that increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Meth produces a high that can last anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, which is a longer high than other drugs. However, as a result, users are also known to stay up for multiple days in a row and can get fatigued.
Methamphetamine addicts can also develop skin sores that become infected with scratching, as well as tooth decay. Continued injection can lead to collapsed veins, and often HIV/AIDS and hepatitis are spread through sharing needles with users who are already affected.
Like cocaine, snorting meth can damage sinus cavities and overwhelm the cardiovascular system, leading to seizures, strokes, and heart attacks.
If you or a loved one is addicted to methamphetamine, you need to seek treatment immediately, as prolonged use can lead to serious health issues. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2 million people reported using meth in the past year. You’re not alone in your struggle.