Sadly, many people think of crystal meth as an amazing drug that will make you more energetic, lose weight, and feel happy. The truth though is that short term,  crystal meth will give you high doses of energy and make you not not feel hungry and it causes your brain to release large amounts of endorphins; but once the high has hit its peak, that is it. Coming down from a crystal meth high is like falling into a deep depression where you cannot come out of it no matter what you try. Your brain will become unstable making it hard for you come back up from the high.

Many people choose to continue to use crystal meth instead of facing the come down which then begins their lifetime struggle with addiction.  Once someone begins to deal with the depressive aspects of crystal meth, they have a high chance of considering suicide as an option to overcome the life that they think is not worth living anymore.

Dangerous, Toxic Ingredients

Drano, ephedrine, lye, ether, iodine, hydrochloride, hydriodic acid, brake fluid, rubbing alcohol, lighter fluid, camp stove fluid, cold remedies, red phosphorus, lithium from batteries, drain cleaner, gasoline additives, paint thinner, and Freon.  Most of these are highly toxic or corrosive, and most people would never put them in their car or use in their homes.  Why would you want to put them into your body?

Signs of Crystal Meth Abuse

Unlike all other drugs, it is relatively easy to determine if someone you care for is abusing crystal meth. He or she will appear sleepy, they may have a lack of hygiene, sores will be present on their skin and he or she may be struggling financially for no apparent reason, as well as having problems with school or work.

Signs of a crystal meth problems become apparent within a week once that person has begun using the drug on a regular basis and will experience mood changes and be more reserved and annoyed with the thought of doing something that they used to think exciting.

Problems Due to Addiction

Crystal meth has damaging side effects on every aspect of a person’s health, such as:

  • Physical problems
    Possible contraction of HIV/AIDS or other blood borne diseases, liver damage, kidney damage, heart damage, problems with blood pressure, aged skin, scarring from scratching open sores,  vein collapse from injection, sunken eyes, hair loss, meth mouth, etc.
  • Mental problems
    Short term memory loss, long term memory loss, trouble with thinking and reasoning, chronic depression, constant mood changes, and inability to have pleasure unless under the influence.
  • Financial, social problems
    Loss of  career, loss of home, no longer able to communicate with people normally, social withdrawal, anxiety in public, and seclusion from family and close ones.

Basically, meth addiction changes a person into someone they don’t even know anymore. Friends and loved ones cease to matter, life in general seems to have lost its appeal, and the individual lives only for the next fix.

Street Names

Chank, Bianco, white crunch, sketch, sparkle, sugar, rock, redneck heroin, scud, meth monsters, lily, lemon drop, koolAID, ice cream, horse mumpy, jab, hydro are some of the more common street names for crystal meth.

Addiction Treatment

There are several different programs that are ideal for someone that is living with an addiction to crystal meth, but the best program is a long term inpatient program. This program allows the individual to get a grasp on their life without temptations from others, without the stressful environment that they were living in and without the problems that come with leaving the treatment center daily. Inpatient treatment uses daily counseling sessions, daily hobby building exercises, and motivational seminars as a way to help a person face their addiction to drugs head on.

During their time in treatment  a person has time to themselves to focus inward tol better understand who they are as a person and what they need to do to go further in life without drugs present.