Signs of Methamphetamine Use
Methamphetamine use is usually easy to identify especially if it is someone you are close with such as a loved one or family member. They typically have specific behaviors and look a particular way. Most meth users will go through the binging, tweaking, and crashing stages. If you notice your loved one having high levels of energy for an extended period of time followed by long periods of sleep, this is a big clue that they are abusing meth. They may also be overheating which causes them to sweat even if they haven’t done anything physical or it is cold. They may be paranoid or hallucinating.
The meth will cause the user to lose their appetite resulting in rapid weight loss and their skin may develop sores from them picking at themselves. As mentioned before confronting a user while they are tweaking is dangerous especially if they do not want to get clean, so approach the situation with caution.
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Methamphetamine addiction and the associated symptoms. both long term and short term can wreak havoc on the lives of individuals, their families, and their friends. If you have a friend or loved one that is suffering from meth abuse, but you are not quite sure how to engage them, you may want to contact a professional interventionist. An addiction interventionist can help convince your loved one that treatment is necessary. Depending on the severity of addiction, the type of treatment can range from detox, residential to intensive outpatient.
Short term effects
Short term effects and warning signs of methamphetamine addiction can vary in duration and severity. Regardless of the duration of the effects, it should not take away from the importance of treatment.
- panic, paranoia, psychosis
- dilated pupils
- increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure
- loss of appetite, nausea
- erratic, sometimes violent behavior
- disturbed sleep patterns
- convulsions, seizures, coma, and/or death
Short-term warning signs of a methamphetamine addiction may require treatment and rehab. The first step in a successful meth treatment plan is a medically supervised detox. Meth detoxification is the process of the body removing the toxic substance. This should take place in a medically supervised environment with constant monitoring by addiction professionals.
Long term effect
- weight loss, malnutrition
- severe tooth decay (“meth mouth”)
- permanent damage to blood vessels of brain and heart, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes, and death
- psychosis, strong psychological dependence, depression
- respiratory (breathing) issues if smoked
- destruction of nasal tissue if snorted
- infectious diseases such as HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, etc. if injected.
- brain damage similar to Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and strokes.
- kidney, liver, and lung damage.
Are you in need of methamphetamine treatment?
Recovery Ways offers highly effective and compassionate treatment of meth abuse and addiction. If you or a loved one is in need of meth rehab we can help. We offer exceptional addiction treatment that includes both group and private therapy sessions with modern accommodations and amenities.