Methamphetamines Overview: Addiction Signs, Withdrawal and Treatment

Methamphetamine, or “meth,” is a powerful synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is considered to be one of the most highly addictive drugs available and is one of the fastest-growing addictions being treated at rehab centers today.

Nicknames and Street Names for Methamphetamines

Meth has many nicknames and street names, depending on how it’s made, what it looks like, and how it’s used (if it’s snorted, taken orally, injected or smoked). Here are just some of the many nicknames and street names for meth:

Crank
Crystal, Crystal Glass, Crystal Meth
Christina, Tina, Cris, Cristy
Chalk, Chalk Dust
Meth
Ice
Speed
Geep, Getter, Getgo, Go Fast
Trash, Garbage, Wash
White Cross, White Crunch
Hanyak
Hironpon, Hiropon
Hot Ice, Super Ice
Batu
Kaksonjae
LA Glass
LA Ice
Ice Cream
Quartz
Chunky Love
Cookies
Cotton Candy
Dunk
Gak
Go-Go Juice
Junk
No Doze
Pookie
Rocket Fuel
Scooby Snax

The Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction

The short-term effects of meth addiction are:

Erratic, violent behavior
Suppressed appetite
Sleep problems
Mood swings
Tremors and convulsions
Increased blood pressure
Irregular heart beat
Hyperthermia
Homicidal or suicidal thoughts
Prolonged anxiety, paranoia or insomnia

The long-term effects of meth addiction are:

Brain damage (similar to the effects of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease)
Psychosis, including hallucinations and paranoia
Changes in brain structure and function
Memory loss
Formication, a disorder in which the person believes there are bugs or insects crawling under the skin
Aggressive or violent behavior
Severe dental problems
Stroke, coma or death

Over time, long-term abuse of methamphetamines can cause even more serious psychological side effects, including:

Toxic psychosis
Extreme paranoia
Permanent psychological problems
Behavior resembling paranoid schizophrenia
Possible brain damage

Withdrawal from Methamphetamines

Methamphetamine withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable and sometime dangerous. Some of these methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms include:

Drug cravings
Nausea
Irritability
Depression
Loss of energy
Insomnia
Sweats
Hyperventilation
Convulsions
Irregular heart beat

Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment

Because of the severity of methamphetamine withdrawal, many people choose to enter detox at a drug rehab facility in order to help them cope with the withdrawal symptoms. Drug rehab can provide a safe place to undergo detoxification from methamphetamines and begin the recovery process. After detox, the individual will receive behavioral therapy, counseling and group support to help them overcome the intense physical and psychological addiction to meth and learn how to live a healthy, drug-free life.

Don’t let methamphetamine addiction ruin your life of the life of a loved one’s any longer.

Call Casa Palmera today and start the healing process: 888.481.4481.

facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Leave a Reply