Crystal Meth is a man-made stimulant drug that is a form of the drug methamphetamine. It increases dopamine levels in the brain and creates feelings of euphoria, well-being, energy and hyperactivity. Crystal Meth is a powerful, highly addictive and dangerous drug that negatively affects the central nervous system and devastates the body.
The drug is bought on the street as clear crystal chunks or shiny blue-white rocks and is common as a club or rave party drug. The drug can be taken orally, smoked, snorted or injected. Some street names for Crystal Meth are ice, glass, speed, meth, crank and chalk.
Ingredients that are commonly found in Crystal Meth include pseudoephedrine (a cold remedy), battery acid, lye, rubbing alcohol, iodine, red phosphorous, ether, ammonia, lighter fluid, paint thinner, drain cleaner, and brake and engine cleaner.
Long-term chronic use of the drug causes chemical and molecular changes to the brain. The drug’s toxicity negatively affects the dopamine nerve channels throughout the central nervous system and causes emotional and cognitive impairment and problems with verbal and motor skills. Some of the dangerous effects of Crystal Meth addiction can include skin sores, dental decay, memory loss, confusion, aggression and violent behavior, psychosis, heart attack, brain damage, anxiety, mood swings, delusions and visual and auditory hallucinations. The drug is very toxic to the body and can increase the heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and body temperature of the user.
Methamphetamine drugs are considered the most dangerous in the world and its use is increasing at an alarming rate. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that approximately 24.7 million people are abusing Crystal Meth worldwide. Many users have other disorders that co-occur with Crystal Meth abuse. Some of these disorders are depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, anxiety, alcohol or other substance abuse. When an addict is using other drugs or alcohol with Crystal Meth it may cause dangerous complications that can lead to death.
Getting Help for Crystal Meth Addiction
It is imperative that an addict get the right kind of help as quickly as possible. Withdrawal from Crystal Meth is a difficult process and the addict should be supervised by experienced medical professionals in a State certified rehab facility. The patient will be monitored 24/7 and given medications to eliminate or reduce withdrawal symptoms. Sedatives may also be given if the need arises. This protocol of treatment is very effective in easing the patient through the detox process.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms that the patient may experience include nausea, vomiting, shaking, fever, heart palpitations, intense cravings for the drug, sleep disturbances, profuse sweating, hypertension, tremors, seizures, respiratory failure, coma and death. Withdrawal from Crystal Meth is serious business and should never be attempted without professional help. The medical staff at certified rehab centers are equipped and experienced to handle any adverse effects during and after the detox process.
Recovery treatment from Crystal Meth addiction should be performed in a holistic manner. Identifying the causes for addiction and other issues that the patient struggles with are paramount to a successful recovery. Environmental trauma, whether from the past or current, causes undo physical and emotional stress and anxiety. Psychological counseling for physical or sexual abuse, neglect, gender, social or cultural expectations should also be examined and treated. Any pressure put on the patient to perform in specific ways or be punished are triggers that may lead to a relapse of substance abuse. The patient must have a safe, supportive and peaceful place to live after leaving the rehab center.
Medical research shows conclusive evidence that alcohol and drug addiction is caused in part by genetics and not just from the family environment. A person’s biology may lead them to be more susceptible to addiction. This research is based on studying the effects of how the body responds to alcohol and drugs at the cellular level. Genetics determines how alcohol and drugs affect metabolism, nerve cell signal transmission and nerve cell activity. If there is a family history of substance abuse, the Crystal Meth addict is more physically and psychologically susceptible to drug abuse. The patient must be given the proper tools to fight against such temptations.
Psychological counseling and support groups will aid the patient in remaining strong and drug free. The rehab center staff has the knowledge of and treatment for the many different areas of addiction. When the patient is treated physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually, it empowers them to recover from addiction.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.