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Monday, December 20, 2010

The effects of Crystal Meth on your body

a beautiful macro shot of Crystal Methamphetam...Image via Wikipedia
Of all the addictive drugs out there, the one you probably do not want your loved one or friend to ever encounter is Crystal Meth. Crystal Meth is highly addictive, leads to risky deadly behavior, and additional health problems that all pave the path to a tragic end. Early intervention is one of the few actions that can improve long term help for this terrible drug. 

What is Crystal Meth?
The chemical n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine is called methamphetamine, methylamphetamine, or desoxyephedrine.

What are some of the dangers associated with using Crystal meth?
Crystal meth causes a wide range of symptoms including causing a rapid increase in the users libido, often used in conjunction with Viagra and other known sexual enhancers. Because there is such an impact on the users sexual desire, many meth addicts often engage in sexually risky and dangerous habits that lead to HIV and AIDS infection. Users who inject the drug potentially expose themselves to not only HIV, but hepatitis B and C and other viruses that pass through the blood from an infected needle. The user may remain awake for days on end, have little fatigue. The user will develop a tolerance to the drug and this is where the greatest danger of addict lies with this drug. Because a tolerance is built up, the addict finds themselves craving greater quantities of the drug.  High quantities of the drug cause heart rate increase, body temperatures can raise to dangerous levels. Paranoia, agitation, bizarre sexual behaviors, all of which increase the users death rate probability.

Problems that arise from the use of Crystal Meth include:
Insomnia & Violent behavior.
Psychotic symptoms may last for months, or possibly years, after someone has stopped using the drug! Overuse of the drug can bring on short term memory loss, wild rages and drastic mood swings, as well as the obvious damage to the immune system.

How addictive is Crystal Meth?
Most experts in the field say this drug is highly addictive and becoming addicted to it is likely in almost every instance. So addictive is Crystal meth, that as the user graduates to injecting the substance into their veins, addiction becomes imminent. The occurrence of relapse is high with the user of Crystal meth. The addiction is strong enough to cause great emotional distress as well, and the longer an addict uses, the projected success of getting off of the drug is often slight. Successful intervention, needs to occur immediately. Rehab for a Crystal meth addict may have to become a lifelong commitment.
Users who inject the drug potentially expose themselves to HIV, hepatitis B and C and other viruses that pass through the blood from an infected needle.

Other issues that can arise from repeated injections of crystal meth include:
1. Infections of the heart lining and valves
2. Scarred or collapsed veins
3. Abscesses
4. Pneumonia
5. Tuberculosis
6. Liver disease
7. Kidney disease
8. Death

What are the chances for over coming this drug?
Prolonged use of Crystal Meth renders the user eventually of being incapable of producing the chemicals needed in the body to experience pleasure. The body can no longer have the sensation of enjoying pleasure on its own and the drug becomes the mood enhancer. As depression overcomes the addict, the drug becomes a necessity to avoid and fight off the depression. It fails to fight off the depression, and as continued use occurs, more and more is needed to achieve any results.  Many meth addicts use prostitution as a way to obtain the drug. Users on Crystal Meth have only a limited opportunity to overcome the disease, and intervention and treatment have to occur quickly in the history of the use.
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