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Do you know someone on meth?

Posted by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 1:54 PM
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whats it like? I mean what changes do they go through physically? Mentally? Are there things they start or stop doing?

Idk anyone on meth and pretty much only heard of it on TV and stuff but in some places I think its a real problem, right? Anyway I saw a joke yesterday that made no sense to me because I know nothing about meth and I realized with 2 kids growing up I should know about every drug there is...

so what info do you ladies have?
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by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

No. It's not really a popular drug here. I've been to other states where they have billboards about it and commercials, we don;t really have an issue with it here.

by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM
Idk. Sil was a few yrs ago but I never saw her on it. She was really skinny. Shes back to her normal weight now
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by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 1:58 PM

 It will change your appearance , can and will rot your teeth out. Pretty soon that's all you are thinking about is your next high or how can you get some more. You don't want to eat or drink anything when your on it, you can go wks at a time without eating or sleep for that matter and then sleep deprivationwill set in. you can OD very easily , you can spread HIV if you use needles. You can start seeing and hearing things, picking at your skin,etc......   if you smoke it, it will crystallize your lungs. You will lose lots of weight and just be skin and bones.

by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:02 PM


Signs of methamphetamine addiction and abuse

Effects of methamphetamine addiction

A methamphetamine-induced "high" artificially boosts self-confidence, many users are overcome by a so-called "superman syndrome." In this state, methamphetamine abusers ignore their physical limitations and try to do things which they are normally incapable of performing. Meth is highly addictive because people often continue using the drug to avoid an inevitable crash that comes when the drugs' positive effects begin to wear off. Even first-time users experience many of meth's negative effects.

Methamphetamine's negative effects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Auditory hallucinations (hearing "voices")
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Aggression
  • Suspiciousness, severe paranoia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Long periods of sleep ("crashing" for 24-48 hours or more)
  • Prolonged sluggishness, severe depression
  • Weight loss, malnutrition, anorexia
  • Itching (illusion that bugs are crawling on the skin)
  • Welts on the skin
  • Involuntary body movements
  • Paranoid delusions

Severe amphetamine induced depression and/or psychosis

Methamphetamine stimulates the central nervous system, causing chemical reactions in the brain and tricking the body into believing it has unlimited energy supplies and draining energy reserves needed in other parts of the body. This is why meth addicts tend to stay awake for long periods of time and then eventually crash, feeling tired, depressed and much worse than they did before they took the drug. Chemical imbalances in the brain and sleep deprivation commonly associated with continued meth use result in hallucinations, extreme paranoia and often bizarre, violent behavior.

Meth causes extensive damage to the body, and can cause death or permanent physical damage.

Physiological effects of methamphetamine use include:

  • abnormally high blood pressure
  • rapid and irregular heart rate and rhythm
  • seizures
  • damage to blood vessels in the brain (stroke)
  • accumulation of excess fluid in lungs, brain tissue and skull
  • continuous/excessive dilation of the pupils
  • impaired regulation of heat loss
  • hyperpyrexia (body temperatures higher than 104°)
  • internal bleeding; damage to other organs caused by disruption of blood flow
  • and breakdown of muscle tissue leading to kidney failure

Similar to other drug substances, smoking and inhaling meth damages the lungs and nasal passages, and intravenous use can lead to spread of the AIDS virus.

The drug appeals to the abuser because it increases the body's metabolism and produces euphoria, alertness, and gives the abuser a sense of increased energy. But high doses or chronic use of meth, also known as "speed," "crank," and "ice," increases nervousness, irritability, and paranoia.

Short-term (immediate) effects of methamphetamine use

As a powerful stimulant, methamphetamine, even in small doses, can increase wakefulness and physical activity and decrease appetite. A brief, intense sensation, or rush, is reported by those who smoke or inject methamphetamine. Oral ingestion or snorting produces a long-lasting high instead of a rush, which reportedly can continue for as long as half a day. Both the rush and the high are believed to result from the release of very high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine into areas of the brain that regulate feelings of pleasure. Short-term effects of methamphetamine:

  • increased attention
  • decreased fatigue
  • increased activity
  • decreased appetite
  • euphoria and rush
  • increased respiration
  • hyperthermia

Methamphetamine has toxic effects. In animals, a single high dose of the drug has been shown to damage nerve terminals in the dopamine-containing regions of the brain. The large release of dopamine produced by methamphetamine is thought to contribute to the drug's toxic effects on nerve terminals in the brain. High doses can elevate body temperature to dangerous, sometimes lethal, levels, as well as cause convulsions.

Long-term effects of methamphetamine use

Long-term methamphetamine abuse results in many damaging effects, including addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing condition, characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and drug use which is accompanied by functional and molecular changes in the brain. In addition to being addicted to methamphetamine, chronic methamphetamine abusers exhibit symptoms that can include violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. They also can display a number of psychotic features, including paranoia, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping on the skin, called "formication"). The paranoia can result in homicidal as well as suicidal thoughts.

Long-term effects of methamphetamine:

  • dependence
  • addiction psychosis
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • mood disturbances
  • repetitive motor activity
  • stroke
  • weight loss

With chronic use, tolerance for methamphetamine can develop. In an effort to intensify the desired effects, users may take higher doses of the drug, take it more frequently, or change their method of drug intake. In some cases, abusers forego food and sleep while indulging in a form of binging known as a "run," injecting as much as a gram of the drug every 2 to 3 hours over several days until the user runs out of the drug or is too disorganized to continue. Chronic abuse can lead to psychotic behavior, characterized by intense paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and out-of-control rages that can be coupled with extremely violent behavior.

Although there are no physical manifestations of a withdrawal syndrome when methamphetamine use is stopped, there are several symptoms that occur when a chronic user stops taking the drug. These include depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, aggression, and an intense craving for the drug.

In scientific studies examining the consequences of long-term methamphetamine exposure in animals, concern has arisen over its toxic effects on the brain. Researchers have reported that as much as 50 percent of the dopamine-producing cells in the brain can be damaged after prolonged exposure to relatively low levels of methamphetamine. Researchers also have found that serotonin-containing nerve cells may be damaged even more extensively. Whether this toxicity is related to the psychosis seen in some long-term methamphetamine abusers is still an open question.

Medical complications of methamphetamine use

Methamphetamine can cause a variety of cardiovascular problems. These include rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and irreversible, stroke-producing damage to small blood vessels in the brain. Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature) and convulsions occur with methamphetamine overdoses, and if not treated immediately, can result in death.

Chronic methamphetamine abuse can result in inflammation of the heart lining, and among users who inject the drug, damaged blood vessels and skin abscesses. Methamphetamine abusers also can have episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Heavy users also show progressive social and occupational deterioration. Psychotic symptoms can sometimes persist for months or years after use has ceased.

Acute lead poisoning is another potential risk for methamphetamine abusers. A common method of illegal methamphetamine production uses lead acetate as a reagent. Production errors may therefore result in methamphetamine contaminated with lead. There have been documented cases of acute lead poisoning in intravenous methamphetamine abusers.

Fetal exposure to methamphetamine also is a significant problem in the United States. At present, research indicates that methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy may result in prenatal complications, increased rates of premature delivery, and altered neonatal behavioral patterns, such as abnormal reflexes and extreme irritability. Methamphetamine abuse during pregnancy may be linked also to congenital deformities.

Methamphetamine addiction treatment programs

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. Recovery and rehabilitation from methamphetamine addiction may require a treatment program ranging from certified addiction counseling to treatment at a residential alcohol and drug rehab center, depending on the extent of the addiction and a number of other factors.

by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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As a former meth user, I will tell you physically you will you will drop alot of weight, you will pick at your skin because you feel stuff crawling on your skin but its all in your head. You grind your teeth down, & you might just lose some of them.

Mentally, your mind is fucked. You lose your sanity. You are up for hours because you are high. You become extremely paranoid. You lose all your real friends & put yourself around thieves. Its a mess. I am glad I am through with that shit.
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by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM
i used to do meth, before i had kids. not something im proud of but...ive learned alot from it
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by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:05 PM
What was the joke?
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by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I don't know anyone on meth. I don't socialize myself with those types of people. 

by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM
Yes... Walked up/down the stairs a million times, said some crazy paranoid crap that made NO SENSE AT ALL, said they were sleeping but in the room awake for hours or in the basement, odd mouth movements. I saw this from a family member when I was younger, and I hated it.
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by on Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

My mother in law and I are currently taking care of her cousins three girls because she is a meth addict. It is horrible. She is mean, vindictive, a liar, uncooperative. She refuses to accept any of the wrongs that she has afflicted upon her children, refuses to accept that her children came to us and asked to be removed from her home, refuses to accept true help, refuses to try. She is manipulative, and cannot be alone with her children because she will make them feel guilty for leaving... They have literally sold everything in their house, they have no fridge, stove, washing machines, nothing. One minute she is nice, the next second she is calling her lawyer, with some untrue accusation against us. It is horrible. Our social worker says, that we are staring addiction in the face, and i say, i am tired of staring at addiction, it needs to go the fuck away, and get better.

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