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Meth Users' Risks

Find out more about the risks meth users face...

Close to one-half of one percent of the country regularly uses the drug methamphetamine each year, if it isn't clear, meth users are becoming more prevalent than ever A 2011 DAWN report on the challenges faced by ERs in helping addicts with emergencies counted more than 100,000 visits that year for meth-related difficulties alone, making meth the fourth most treated drug at ERs after cocaine, marijuana and heroin. Use of this drug is dangerous.

It can be hard to truly grasp how dangerous this drug is without deeper insight into what it does. The information here can be a start. For more help, it would be a good idea to call Dallas Drug Treatment Centers at 214.453.5663. Not only can you receive excellent, dependable information, you'll be able to investigate the best ways to treat this condition, as well.

Meth abuse leads to addiction

As with many other drugs, use of methamphetamine leads to both physical and psychological dependence. While both are effects seen to occur in the brain, they happen in different ways. The brain makes use of a complex and delicate balance of many different chemicals. Healthy function of the brain depends on its ability to maintain correct balance. One of the primary ways in which meth produces the euphoria that it is known for, however, is through disruption of some of these chemicals. When the brain sees disruption in this way, it first attempts to correct the situation, but with prolonged meth abuse, it learns to accommodate the presence of this drug.

In other words, the brain begins to account for the presence of meth in the way it establishes chemical balance. When the brain learns to see the presence of meth as a form of normalcy, it is a situation known as physical dependence. When physically dependent, the user cannot stop using the drug without upsetting the brain's chemical balance all over again. Doing so can cause very serious withdrawal symptoms that need detox treatment.

Methamphetamine abuse also leads to psychological dependence, a condition that is primary to addiction. Psychological dependence occurs when meth in the bloodstream acts on specific parts of the brain to produce euphoria. This kind of effect can set in motion extreme psychological attachment. It is this attachment that leads to the cravings seen in meth addiction.

Addiction to meth, once it forms, is more or less a lifelong condition. It takes long-term rehab to help the situation. As great a challenge as addiction is, it is only one part of the terrible sickness that use of meth is. Leading up to addiction, use of this drug, on every single occasion, tends to cause a variety of adverse effects.

The behavioral effects of meth

When the brain is exposed to methamphetamine, there is usually quick tendency to aggressive, antisocial behavior. Many meth users exhibit a tendency to compulsive and repetitive actions. Mood disturbances, poor motor skills, inaccurate judgment and loss of a sense of time are also common.

The effects of meth on the mind

Many meth users tend to experience psychotic, paranoid or hallucinatory behavior. There is risk of a tendency towards mental disorder, as well.

Effects of meth on the body

Users often gravitate to use of meth for its effects on the libido. Meth users can experience heightened lust, and lowered inhibition, both of which lead to memorable sexual experiences. This can be unfortunate, however, because it is seen by meth users as desirable.

One of the most visible parts of meth abuse comes in the form of effects on the body. Users tend to suffer from chronic illnesses, immune system damage, malnutrition, and poor cardiac health. There tend to be terrible effects on the skin and on oral health, as well.

Resistance to the idea of treatment is common among those addicted to meth or trapped in unhealthy patterns of use. This is only to be expected -- use of this drug affects the brain in ways that impair awareness of the negative qualities of the drug. Nevertheless, a call to Dallas Drug Treatment Centers can be a good idea. It can help simply to speak to someone, to gather information. Gaining reliable knowledge of how addiction works can, by itself, lead to improved outcomes.

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