Can Meth Severely Damage the Body?

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Someone explained their story of using crystal methamphetamine on Vox, and here is a clip from what they said:

“I started using meth every weekend. Then I started using it weekdays after work. Then I used it before work, then during work, then instead of work. There were two groups of people in my life: those from whom I’d conceal my use, and those from whom I’d conceal how much I was using.”

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, approximately 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine within the past year; 440,000 reported using it within the past month. Methamphetamine (also known as crystal meth) is a synthetic chemical that affects the central nervous system in a significant way. It has been used for medical reasons, to help individuals with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and obesity, but many use it recreationally to experience feelings of euphoria. However, crystal meth can be incredibly dangerous to the body.

When a person consumes meth – within the span of a few minutes – the user can begin feeling an intense euphoria; their heart beat will race, and their blood pressure will rise, but the “pleasurable effects” can last between 6 to 12 hours. Once the high is gone, a person may experience depression because there is a drop in the large amounts of dopamine that are released when the brain’s receptors interact with the drug. PBS notes that meth can destruct tissues and blood vessels, causing the body to become unable to repair itself. The following are other repercussions of using meth:

  • Acne appears, slower repair of sores, and skin loses elasticity, making the person appear up to decades older than they really are
  • “Meth mouth” – broken, discolored, and rotting teeth
  • Increased risk for contracting Hepatitis B or HIV/AIDS
  • Liver damage
  • Convulsions
  • Extreme rise in body temperature can lead to brain damage
  • Stroke
  • Death

Meth can cause serious complications to one’s health and lifestyle, with many losing their job, home, family, friends, finances, and more. The damages of meth outweigh the “benefits”. Once someone has become hooked, it’s much more difficult to put everything down and resume a healthy lifestyle. If you’re considering using methamphetamine, don’t place your life at risk. There are so many people out here that want you to succeed, that want you to make the decision towards resolving your problems by working through them. If you’re struggling with substance abuse, seek help today. It’s never too late to seek help, and recovery is possible.

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