Meth, methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a highly addictive substance that releases dopamine into the brain and effects the central nervous system.
Meth causes a surge to dopamine to be released to the brain, and is even created using pseudoephedrine, commonly found in cold medicines. Because of this, using meth sends a rush of energy and confidence to its user, potentially causing them to become addicting even after the first use.
People become addicted to meth because the influx of dopamine in the brain rewires its reward receptors, causing the meth rush to be the only way to satisfy oneself. Once a user begins craving that rush, they may take drastic measures to obtain more meth. This can lead to meth being one’s top priority at all times, causing them to neglect other important aspects of life such as hygiene.
The withdraw effects of meth can be very intense. Without meth for too long, the brain will require it to function “normally”. Those who are addicted to meth will experiences violent outbursts, paranoia and seeing things which are not actually there, the inability to fall asleep for several days, weight loss, and many other symptoms.
Meth is one of the most difficult substances to detox and recovery from. Quitting meth cold turkey is extremely dangerous. The withdraw symptoms cause the person to act out in dangerous and reckless ways as well, and the physical symptoms only add fuel to that fire.
Meth addiction requires supervised detox. In the beginning stages, the patient will experience the crash, which is the body’s reaction when its meth cravings are not being fulfilled. These are less intense versions of withdraw effects and include mood swings, higher stress levels, and depression among others.
Once withdrawal kicks in, the patient will need to be supervised as much as possible. Some additional effects of meth withdrawal include psychosis, loss of memory, stomach pains, insomnia, depression and many others that can arise through other disorders a meth patient may have. There are no prescription medications that imitate meth, so those going through withdraw will have to depend on antibiotics to help soften the withdrawal symptoms.