Methamphetamine is a highly addictive, synthetic drug that affects the central nervous system and is prescribed legally to treat conditions such as narcolepsy. Long-term abuse can cause many negative affects to nearly every aspect of a person’s life. Chronic users of methamphetamine have been shown to exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, violent behavior and more; psychotic symptoms such as paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions may also become present. Psychotic symptoms may last for months or years after a person stops using methamphetamine, and stress has been shown to bring about recurring symptoms of psychosis for previous methamphetamine users. If you or a loved one have been struggling with methamphetamine addiction, seeking treatment is the first and most crucial decision you can make.
Previous studies have shown that meth addiction can cause reduced motor speed and impaired verbal learning, as well as structural and functional changes in the brain. Psychotic symptoms affect nearly 40% of meth users, with misdiagnosis of schizophrenia occurring if a clinician does not obtain adequate drug-related information. What are some examples of psychosis?
- Hallucinations: Perceiving that something is there when it’s not, such as there being a person or object in the room when there really isn’t. Hallucinations could also include hearing, smelling, or touching something that’s not there.
- Delusions: Believing in something that isn’t true, such as believing that someone is “out to get” you or being spied on by some entity that isn’t there.
- Aggression: Long-term meth use can make it more difficult for the brain to control impulses, as individuals lose their sense of rationality to situations and may follow through with their anger
A 2016 study published in the journal CNS Drugs emphasized the use of interventions to help those with meth addiction reduce their psychotic symptoms; antipsychotic medications may play a significant role, as well as psychosocial treatment such as psychotherapy, case management, and relapse prevention to help individuals improve their quality of life. The ability to reduce the damage done by methamphetamine mostly depends on individual factors related to the person such as their age, drug abuse history, severity of addiction, symptoms, mental health history, and much more.
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