Can Meth Addiction Be Sustained?

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Can Meth Addiction Be Sustained?

The use of methamphetamine has been around for decades.  Amphetamine was first developed in Germany in 1887.  Japan later altered its makeup to make methamphetamine in 1919.  They changed its components to be water soluble, making it faster to make and easier to use.  Meth became widely used in World War II by the Japanese when kamikaze pilots would inject it before suicide missions.  In the 1950’s, doctors used to prescribe methamphetamine to treat depression and assist in weight loss.  Use and abuse began to be more prevalent through the 1960’s until the government put a halt to the legal distribution of it.  Meth use seemed to dissipate until the early 2000’s when people were discovering how to make large quantities of it at home.  The distribution of meth boomed and has since been out of control.
Methamphetamine is a very serious and harmful drug.  The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration now classifies it as a schedule II substance because of its high potential for abuse.  Meth is typically a substance that can never be used recreationally.  Many people who try it find themselves becoming addicted because of it’s strong gravitational pull.  When you use meth, whether it be orally, intravenously, by snorting, or smoking, it triggers the brain’s pleasure center to produce more dopamine.  Dopamine is a natural neurotransmitter that is released when the body receives any form of pleasure, whether it be drugs, food, or sex.  Certain drugs trigger the rapid release of extra dopamine, causing a euphoric rush.  Your brain remembers this feeling and consistently craves more.  
Prolonged meth use can cause severe health issues.  When a person is on meth, their mouth becomes very dry.  The lack of saliva causes mouth sores and tooth decay, which is why many meth addicts are missing several teeth.  Meth can make you quite itchy and fixated on your body, causing obsessive skin picking resulting in open sores.  


Despite the horrendous external physical effects meth causes, mental health issues and organ failure can also occur from long-term abuse.  When you’re on meth, you may experience severe paranoia or hallucinations and react violently towards those around you.  Constant release of extra dopamine disables the brain to regulate or even know how much it’s supposed to naturally develop, resulting in mental health issues.  It’s also quite possible to overdose on meth, which could cause a stroke, heart attack, or kidney failure.  


Methamphetamine is a detrimental drug that can devastating results.  If a person is able to abuse it for years without overdose, they will likely have severe neurological and physical health issues.  Meth addiction is not sustainable and nearly all who use, lose control over it at some point.


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