Serious Results of Heavy Methamphetamine Use

Serious Results of Heavy Methamphetamine Use

Meth is so addictive that some people may become addicted after just a few uses.

Heavy users tend to experience hallucinations and delusions. Some users develop sores on their face or body when they have been picking at their skin, thinking that there are bugs crawling under their skin that they can’t see.
Because of the caustic nature of the chemicals and the fact that the drug dries up the flow of saliva, a meth addict’s teeth may get rotten and brown. This is referred to as “meth mouth.”



Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as “meth,” is a highly-addictive neurotoxic stimulant that is often referred to as “the most dangerous drug on earth,”

Crystal methamphetamine, the more pure form of the drug also known as “ice,” “crystal,” “crystal meth,” is an opaque crystalized rock that is abused in various methods. Powdered methamphetamine, aka “speed” or “tina,” is less potent and is created to form a white, bitter-tasting, odorless powder that can be snorted, smoked, eaten, dissolved in a drink, or heated and injected.

Crystal methamphetamine, the more pure form of the drug also known as “ice,” “crystal,” “crystal meth,” is an opaque crystalized rock that is abused in various methods. Powdered methamphetamine, aka “speed” or “tina,” is less potent and is created to form a white, bitter-tasting, odorless powder that can be snorted, smoked, eaten, dissolved in a drink, or heated and injected.

Genetic: Individuals who have a close relative such as a sibling or parent who struggles with addiction are more likely to develop an addiction later in life.

Biological: As the brain of chronic meth users slowly begins to deteriorate and becomes unable to naturally produce pleasurable sensations, meth addicts require the drug to feel any sort of pleasure.

Environmental: Individuals who grow up in a home that is rife with addiction are more likely to see drug abuse as a way to cope with emotional problems, which can lead to addiction later down the road.

Psychological: Many individuals who struggle with methamphetamine addiction have an untreated or undiagnosed mental illness. To manage the symptoms of the mental illness, some individuals do turn to substances to “self-medicate” the symptoms.

Mood; Behavioral; Physical; Psychological Symptoms

Mood; Behavioral; Physical; Psychological Symptoms

Overall sense of wellbeing

Mounting legal problems
Preoccupation with obtaining, using, and recovering from methamphetamine use
Social isolation
Hiding drug use from others
Dangerous, risky behaviors
Unexplained financial problems
Mounting legal problems
Interpersonal relationship problems
Violent behaviors
Appetite depression
Binge/crash pattern of abuse
Risky sexual behaviors
Tweaking – intently-focused attention

Trembling and shaking
Nausea and vomiting
“Meth mouth”
Open sores
Hair loss
Loss of skin elasticity
Decreased blood flow through the body’s tissues
Liver damage
Extreme rise in core temperature of body

Repetitive behaviors
Disorganized thoughts
“Meth bugs” or the sensation of bugs crawling underneath the skin


Effects of Withdrawal

Withdrawing from methamphetamine is not a pleasant process; however it is not one of the more dangerous drugs to detox from. Meth detox should always occur in a proper rehab center under the careful eye of trained medical professionals. Symptoms of meth withdrawal include:

Deep, dark depression
Decreased energy
Increased sleeping
Teeth grinding
Night sweats
Emotional labiality
Resumption of eating, leading to weight gain
Craving methamphetamines
Suicidal ideations

Physical Warning Signs of Crystal Meth Abuse

Physical Warning Signs of Crystal Meth Abuse

Dilated pupils
Bloodshot eyes
Weight loss
Uncontrolled twitching or jerking, such as eye twitching
Chronic nasal problems – i.e. deviated septum, nosebleeds
Bad breath
Dry, cracked skin, especially lips and fingertips
Dry mouth
Hair loss
Excessive sweating
Dark circles under the eyes
Extreme weight loss, appearing bony and gaunt
Sores, abscesses, red dots on skin (from injecting meth)
Skin sores or lesions from picking at skin (meth addicts feel as if bugs are crawling under their skin)
“Meth mouth” – rotting teeth/tooth loss due to the impact of the chemicals in meth on tooth enamel
Burn marks on fingers or mouth (from smoking meth)
Behavior Warnings Signs of Crystal Meth Abuse
Intense focus on a trivial matter or task
Grinding or clenching teeth
Fidgeting, unable to sit still
Excessive talking, rambling
Insomnia, not sleeping for extended periods
Sleeping for several days
Not eating for several days, loss of appetite
Repetitious behavior, compulsive actions
Hyperactivity, nervous or anxious
Short term memory loss
Scratching or picking at face and skin
Psychosis and paranoia
Aggressive behavior
Mood instability
Suicidal thoughts

A Street Cat Named Bob

Meth is a serious drug that can cause life time effect to those users that took high tolerance of the drug, but for some drugs or minimal users that still wishes to have a new life “cleaning” is possible.

Here’s a very good movie suggestion that may change your life or help you realize that there’s more to life if you stayed clean and sober.

James (with Bob often on his shoulder) faces obstacles, including a negligent father (Anthony Head), street ruffians and methadone withdrawal (depicted in almost cursory fashion). But fortunately he has a mildly daffy neighbor, Belle (Ruta Gedmintas), to cook him a vegetarian supper. (They’re so simpatico that at one point she wears stylized cat ears.) A gently sparkling score, and folkish songs by Charlie Fink of the band Noah and the Whale, sung by the guileless, wide-eyed Mr. Treadaway, pluck the heartstrings. “Cat cam” sequences, showing Bob’s visual perspective, have a playful whimsy. Did I mention that it’s set largely over the holidays?

When an editor discovers James’s story, book buyers applaud the budding memoirist, and he regales an appreciative street audience with song. Thank heavens for Bob, whose steady gaze and cool composure are a welcome tonic to the surrounding sentimentality.


Signs of Meth Use

Signs of Meth Use

  • Meth produces an extremely pleasurable feeling, although the rush takes different amounts of time to surface based on the method of taking the drugs. Users who smoke or inject meth feel the pleasure as an immediate rush, although the effects wear off just as quickly.
  • Snorting or orally ingesting meth produces a pleasurable feeling without the rush, with snorting taking about five minutes for the drug to produce the symptoms and ingestion taking up to 20 minutes for the high to hit. The effects of meth are also long lasting compared to other stimulants such as crack or cocaine. A meth high can last up to 12 hours.
  • In addition to exhibiting euphoria, users can show increased energy levels and engage in intense physical activity. They may have no desire to eat nor sleep and may experience confusion.

    Long-term meth users can suffer drastic weight loss or anorexia, loss of memory and impaired thinking, reasoning and learning. They may become aggressive, irritable and afflicted with bouts of paranoia and emotional problems.

    Users may lose interest in activities they used to enjoy and exhibit other changes in personality.