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:

Crystal, Crystal Glass, Crystal Meth
Christina, Tina, Cris, Cristy
Chalk, Chalk Dust
Geep, Getter, Getgo, Go Fast
Trash, Garbage, Wash
White Cross, White Crunch
Hironpon, Hiropon
Hot Ice, Super Ice
LA Glass
LA Ice
Ice Cream
Chunky Love
Cotton Candy
Go-Go Juice
No Doze
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
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
Loss of energy
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.


This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for medical advice. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique, and this content is to provide an overall understanding of substance use disorders. These disorders are very complex, and this post does not take into account the unique circumstances for every individual. For specific questions about your health needs or that of a loved one, seek the help of a healthcare professional.