The Truth About Meth Addiction
What most people know of meth is what they learned from Breaking Bad, or from some of the lesser couth episodes of Cops. Meth is something for the lower class; for those who live in trailers and can’t keep jobs and certainly never went to college. Meth makes you crazy and rots your teeth straight out of your head. As it so turns out, meth use is just as non-discriminatory as drinking and smoking pot – more than 11 million American citizens have used methamphetamine more than once. In recent years, the rates of national methamphetamine use have climbed significantly. Up until recently, the rate of Americans who engage in regular meth use has consistently fallen somewhere between 0.2 and 0.3 percent since the late 1990s. However, over the course of the past several years, the rates of meth use have begun to steadily climb. Still, the majority of Americans know very little about the deadly drug. Knowledge is power, thus we have collected a list of interesting and informational methamphetamine facts to help better inform you and your loved ones. Read away!
- Contrary to popular belief, meth is not ‘instantly addictive’.
While meth is highly addictive, it is not always addictive with one-time use. Those who are not predisposed to addictive behaviors may experiment with meth occasionally and never become chemically dependent. However, the risk certainly outweighs the reward. Very few can use methamphetamine with impunity.
- Meth is available as a prescription medication.
Desoxyn, a pharmaceutical brand of methamphetamine, is prescribed (on rare occasion) to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, and obesity. Of course, pharmaceutical amphetamine is still widely available (most notably under the brand name Adderall). Prescription drugs such as these can serve as gateways to true meth use.
- Methamphetamine is easy to make – especially compared to other drugs.
The reason why so much of the meth currently in circulation throughout the US was manufactured here and not trafficked over state lines is simply that meth is pretty easy to whip up. This is why the rates of lab seizures have increased so dramatically over the course of the past several years.
- Amphetamine use is common amongst athletes.
Many athletes – professional and otherwise – will use amphetamine to help them perform better during events. Occasional use can quickly lead to addiction.
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- Meth can be smoked, snorted, swallowed, or injected.
Methamphetamine can be consumed in a variety of methods; though intravenous use always tends to pose the highest threat. The high usually lasts from between 8 and 10 hours regardless of the method of consumption.
- Meth use is especially prevalent throughout the gay community.
Gay men will use meth to stay awake and engage in sexual activity for prolonged lengths of time. Meth use has gained rampant popularity throughout the gay community, and the rates of addiction amongst middle-aged gay males has increased significantly over the course of the past several years.
- Regulating pseudoephedrine hasn’t made a major impact.
Regulating the sales of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in meth manufacturing) has made some impact on the prevalence of home cook labs – but it has not made as major an impact as the government would like to have us think. Pseudoephedrine is still being transported over the border in bulk.
- Most meth addicts don’t look like… meth addicts.
Not all meth addicts have sunken-in eyes, missing teeth, and sores covering their faces and arms. Many meth addicts look just like you and me. Never judge a book by its cover!
- Meth addicts typically become addicted to other drugs while attempting to get some sleep.
Many meth addicts will turn to hardcore tranquilizers after a particularly brutal meth binge, in hopes of catching a few winks before picking up again. This will sometimes cause unintentional dual addictions.
- Prolonged meth use can lead to permanent psychosis.
There are many long-term consequences of meth use – including permanent brain damage. And neurological issues take effect much more rapidly than they do in those who suffer from alcoholism or marijuana addiction. Permanent consequences resulting from compulsive meth use can take hold in a matter of months.
Get Help for Meth Addiction
Meth addiction is extremely serious – and far more common than you may think. For more information on meth addiction or for a comprehensive list of methamphetamine treatment options, please contact one of our trained representatives today.