A Deeper Look at “Tweaking” and Methamphetamine Addiction
Tweaking is a slang word that means to be under the influence of methamphetamine, also known as speed. It is also defined as “to malfunction or to react with extreme emotion.” Being under the influence of speed has its own risk and characteristics.
Signs of Tweaking
Speed can be snorted, smoked, or injected. The initial rush, or beginning of the high, brings the user an increased blood pressure and rapid heart rate. This initial rush is followed by a high that can last up to half a day. As the user comes down, he or she may display excessive energy, aggression, and be inclined to fight.
It’s not uncommon for a methamphetamine user to continue using speed after the initial high, but the successive high is typically not as extreme. The high lessens each time during the binge. The tweaker, or person using, often will not sleep and irritability may increase as they seek a subsequent high.
Stages of Tweaking
“Tweaking” commonly refers to the stage when the meth user is at the end of binge. They haven’t slept for days and are continuing to seek that same initial high without success. In this stage they are unpredictable and display signs of psychosis. They can experience hallucinations. They can hurt themselves or others. They may have eyes that are rapidly moving around with a body that is shaking, despite their attempts to stand still. Their drive for that high will lead them to take actions that can be dangerous.
The final stage in the meth binge is the crash. The user finally sleeps. Being extremely sleep deprived, they may sleep for days. They may also be severely dehydrated and malnourished after days of ignoring their body’s needs.
Tweaking can also refer to some of the things people do when high on meth. These can be demonstrated by an obsession to take things apart, such as DVD players or cars. It can be cleaning the bathroom and then deciding to rip out all the tile and quit the project halfway through. It can be excessive masturbation, jaw clenching, or teeth grinding. One common characteristic of tweaking is the impulse to start a project and then not finish it.
Help For Addiction
Tweaking is dangerous. If you or a loved one are struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, there is help and hope. Finding a treatment center with experience helping people recover from meth addiction is a great place to start. Speed users can become normal, functioning adults. Recovery is possible!
At Simple Recovery, we maintain a simple goal for our residents: learn how to live sober. Our multi-phase program is structured to rebuild life for each resident through clinical therapy, holistic recovery, and integration to either school, work, or volunteering.
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