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Also known as “cream”, meth, ice, or glass, Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug.

This new form of methamphetamine, called cream has been found in powdered form.

It has different flavors mimicking ones found in ice cream, hence the name.

This might include chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry.

What is most dangerous about this is that it is able to be marketed to teens.

This addiction to cream meth is not only a powerful chemical, but it has life-threatening short and long-term side effects.

This can include overdoses and death.

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine abuse is a huge problem throughout the United States.

This drug is incredibly strong and can lead to rapid dependency.

Many recreational users will experience a “crash” period after using the drug.

Not only will this last a few days, but it will also lead the user to seek out the drug.

If you are addicted to methamphetamine, then you may experience withdrawal symptoms.

These can last for several weeks and are both debilitating and painful.

This can also lead you to take more methamphetamine in hopes of not feeling these terrible symptoms.

Eventually, the cycle of avoiding withdrawal can lead to a horrible cycle of addiction, and eventually death.

Recognizing Addiction

Although many people begin to use methamphetamine recreationally, by the time you realize you have a problem, you can no longer quit. This is often because the effects of withdrawal have become too powerful to overcome.

Medical detox programs can help you to get healthy. Not only is a medical detox the safest way to treat withdrawal symptoms, but also the best way to remove meth from the body. These programs can support you with 24/7 medical care. You will have doctors and nurses to monitor your health symptoms, and ensure you have a tailored treatment plan. After detox, you will then move to go into counseling and treatment in order to maintain long-term sobriety.

Meth Labs

Meth has the ability to produce highly addictive qualities in anyone that uses it. Despite this, it is quite easy to find for anyone seeking the drug.

Many people have created meth labs across the United States. These can be found in people’s homes, their sheds, or underground labs. The trouble with meth is that it can be made from ingredients such as battery acid, cat litter, and antifreeze. These hazardous items are very dangerous, and as harmful vapors are released, attaching themselves to mucous membranes in the eyes and nose and the respiratory tract. Because of these chemical reactions, the person making the methamphetamine will suffer from irritation in the eyes, skin, nose, and can even pass out.

Dangers of Meth Labs

These everyday items are full of toxins that harm the body, and people are injecting the drugs made by them. Additionally, people making meth in labs run the risk of explosion. Combing these items together and then cooking them, can kill not only themselves, but other people are livestock as well. These labs are completely illegal, but people are creating these labs because they are desperate.

Where Do Meth Labs Exist?

Meth labs also contribute to waste. They create vapors and can cause health problems for people not involved. After a lab has been moved, the fumes may linger for a long time after. In some cases, nearby parks and nature reserves have been impacted by the toxic fumes.

Behavioral Effects of Meth Abuse

Meth is popular because it provides increased energy production and intense feelings of euphoria, confidence, and excitement. These feelings often last anywhere from six to eight hours but can push to over 20 hours. Meth has both mental and emotional side effects that are easily recognizable.

Not only will you see energy levels through the er oof, but you may also see evidence of strong feelings of euphoria due to addictive chemical reactions caused in the brain. Irrational behavior is also common along with these symptoms:

  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Twitching
  • Ticking face
  • Clenching of jaw
  • Confusion
  • Agitation or irritability
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations

Long-Term Side Effects

Long-term side effects of meth use include depression, memory loss, psychosis, and poor brain function. The traits that you exude will depend on how much meth you have taken, how often, and how long you have consumed it. Additionally, if you consume meth with other substances, you may experience different effects, longer withdrawal, and possibly increase the rate of having a fatal overdose.

Physical Effects of Meth Abuse

There are both short and long-term side effects of meth use but also psychological changes. Some of these changes are incredibly noticeable, but some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Sores on skin
  • Rotting gums and teeth, also known as “meth mouth
  • Burns on lips or fingers
  • Dilated pupils
  • Poor hygiene
  • Rapid aging
  • Malnutrition
  • Bone damage
  • Hepatitis and HIV risk
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin sores
  • Sweating

When you see both the physical and the behavioral side effects of abuse, you may begin to experience health problems. This can include strokes, high blood pressure, liver failure, heart failure, and fatal overdose.

Signs of Cream Addiction and Abuse

Since meth may cause extreme changes, and is highly addicting, it is good to know what signs to look for. These signs might include rapid weight loss and irritability, or twitching skin and rotten teeth/gums. Knowing the signs of abuse can help you or someone you love.

  • Purchasing syringes
  • Spending even more time away from loved ones to use meth
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Talking about using meth
  • An inability to stop using meth
  • Needing more cream to feel its effects
  • Poor job or school performance
  • Needing money to support your habit

Meth Withdrawal

Once you become addicted, you may experience different painful withdrawal symptoms. These include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Extreme depression
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea
  • Apathy

Although you may try to quit the drug automatically in order to stop your addiction, this may hurt you more than you think. Going through detox will help you in an encouraging recovery.

Treatment For Meth

There are many different options when it comes to methamphetamine treatment. Although there are no current medications that are used to treat meth abuse, patients are often treated for mental conditions related to the reason for beginning meth abuse. Antidepressants have been proven useful in treating depression that can emerge due to meth withdrawal symptoms.

Going to a treatment program such as an inpatient or outpatient program is essential in getting healthy. Not only do you need to have access to support groups, but here you will be able to go on a nutritional plan, and go through one-on-one counseling. Outpatient rehabs offer medications and support as well, but it is typically best to go through an inpatient program first during a meth addiction.

Taking Back Your Life

Understanding the impact of meth is the first step in taking control of your life.

You do not need to go through your addiction alone.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health we can help you to speak to a knowledgeable and compassionate treatment provider.

We also offer free insurance verification for treatment and can provide you with more resources to get clean without suffering a huge financial burden.

Contact us today.