Understanding Meth Addiction
Meth is a central nervous stimulant. It attaches to chemicals in the brain in charge of responding to threats. It heightens the heart rate and blood pressure, widens air passages in the lungs, and sharpens vision. Alertness, energy, and an intoxicating feeling of pleasure follow. These chemicals release at abnormal levels when meth is ingested. Once the body is drained, it crashes. A meth abuser experiences extreme moodiness and irritation and needs more meth to keep up. This causes meth dependence and addiction.
The cycle of binge and crash is very common in meth abusers. It creates serious physical and emotional problems. Meth consistently destroys careers and family relationships and is a direct cause of eventual poverty and loneliness. As the consequences of meth use disorder become apparent and the abuser becomes dysfunctional, it is crucial to seek addiction treatment. There is no other way to break the cycle and regain control.
Statistics of Meth Abuse in Indiana
Indiana is seeing a significant uptick in meth use in the last few years. In 2019, the number of meth related overdose deaths rose markedly, along with much of the rest of country. Meth seizures in Indiana has increased over 1000% in the last decade, per the NFLIS. This mirrors a national trend. It is easier to make than many opioids and easier to obtain. While homemade meth labs have significantly decreased, there seems to be increased pipelines from outside the country.
FAQs about meth addiction
What does meth look, smell, and taste like?
Most times meth comes in pill or powder form. Its powder is odorless and white, although many dealers will add coloring. Its taste is bitter, and chemicals used in its production can give it a strong smell. Meth can also be found as a paste known as meth base. An alternative form which is perhaps most popular is crystal meth. It becomes shiny crystals resembling glass or ice and is generally smoked. Breaking Bad, a popular tv show revolving around meth production, increased the national conversation about this dangerous drug.
What are common street names for meth?
- Crystal Meth
- Stove Top
What are some risk factors that cause meth addiction?
- Family history of drug use
- Mental illness
What are some signs and symptoms of meth addiction?
- Rotting teeth and gums (Meth mouth)
- Prolonged insomnia (Tweaking)
- Hallucinations (sensation of insects crawling under skin is commonly reported)
- Paranoia and confusion
What are some health risks of meth addiction?
- liver damage
- HIV and other STDs (due to increased libido and reckless sexual behavior)
- Symptoms similar to Parkinson’s Disease
- Clinical depression and suicide ideation