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
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.