How Do People Get Addicted To Meth

Many people do not know there is a down side to meth until they stop using and come down. The problem reveals itself with the crash following a run with meth. The day after the user feels sick, depressed, guilty, ashamed and angry. The meth user is aware that a small amount of meth will eliminate these unpleasant symptoms and produce good feelings. Eventually the user depends on meth to become a solution to the problem it has created, and the cycle of meth addiction is born.

The trouble is that after awhile the high of meth becomes disappointing, euphoria turns to numbness, super focus is replaced by confusion, and productivity is limited to simple tasks.

A meth addict’s time is spent ‘teching’, an obsession with repeating tasks like drawing, writing, applying and reapplying makeup or even ruthlessly picking at their own flesh. Meth addicts become delusional and paranoid from lack of sleep combined with the hallucinogenic properties of the drug, this condition is known as ‘sketching’. Meth addicts can also become prone to hostility and rage, this condition is known as ‘tweaking’.

Meth addiction is cunning and powerful, although it eventually fails the user, crystal meth is extremely addictive and many cannot resist the temptation to use meth ‘one last time’.

Signs of a User:

Physical Signs
• Increased agitation/hyperactivity
• Weight loss or loss of appetite
• Excessive sweating
• Rapid, non-stop speech
• Increased sexuality
• Insomnia
• Repetitive compulsive behaviours
• Decline in personal hygiene
• Obsessive picking at acne-like sores on the face
or other parts of the body
• Needle marks on arms (track marks)
• Items for injecting or inhaling crystal meth (burnt
spoons or tinfoil, glass pipes, rubber tubing, broken
light bulbs, syringes, drinking straws)
Emotional/Psychological Signs
• Euphoria, empowerment and exhilaration
• Anxiety/confusion
• Paranoia/delusions
• Depression or suicidal tendencies
• Sudden violent outbursts, aggression, irritability
• Solitary behaviour
• Lack of motivation



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