Methamphetamine is a very dangerous and addictive drug that destroys lives every day as well as the lives of families of those addicted to it. Meth is a synthetic amphetamine sold illegally, mostly in a powder or crystal form and sometimes in a pill or capsule form. It is ingested by smoking, snorting, injecting or orally. Meth is in the category of amphetamines which is typically used to “go fast” or “speed”. As prescription medications, amphetamines are used to cure or attempt to handle ADD and ADHD, yet although legal and prescribed, they are commonly abused as they produce similar effects to methamphetamine. Many meth cases start from the abuse of prescribed amphetamines.
Methamphetamine greatly affects the central nervous system and causes the brain to release dopamine which is a natural chemical that makes us feel pleasure. Over time as a meth user continues to use the drug, the brain stops making dopamine which progressively takes away the body’s natural response to bring about the pleasurable feelings and in turn the desire for the meth increases. With this sequence, a user’s tolerance for the drug increases and the need for more occurs each time. Over time, brain damage can occur and there are many cases where people are never the same again, even through recovery steps. It is important to mention also that meth raises the heart rate dramatically and puts the person at risk for heart failure almost immediately and longterm use is the foundation for chronic heart disease. Needless to say, the effects of methamphetamine are deadly.
Below is a list of commonly used chemicals bought in every day stores that are used in the “cooking” of methamphetamines:
This is a list of commonly used chemicals that make up a batch of meth. Can you imagine ingesting any combination of these into your own body? How about all of them? Who knows what else the manufacturer decides he or she will add for their own amusement or to make a more potent batch of crystal meth. all for the sake of money? This drug is known to be made in bathtubs and remote trailers hidden away off the beaten path and the leftover residuals from the “cook” are commonly dumped in the woods or in fields. And the people who make and sell it……well you can imagine the type of personality and then the lost souls who get hooked on it.
Meth turns good people into psychotic and destructive robots acting a slave to the drug. Most who get hooked are very paranoid during and after using methamphetamine and wind up taking things apart and leaving the pieces behind only to take more apart, all to investigate the thing they are paranoid about, nothing. Many users will talk about a conspiracy that everyone else is in on but they can never come to any conclusions. They continue to peek under the bed and through the curtains looking for that cause of paranoia only to find nothing. It can be very frustrating trying to talk or relate to a methamphetamine user.
A methamphetamine user will normally use for days and even weeks at a time every day continuously until their body finally “crashes”. There is little to no sleep and little to no eating so the body is completely shutting down as they run themselves into exhaustion. The crash will bring about aggressive, delirious and paranoid behaviors that most others around them will choose to stay away from and eventually they sleep. They usually sleep for many many hours and only wake up for bathroom breaks and then back to sleep. Then they wake up and eat. Now the body is refueled and the person feels little or no pleasure and seeks the drug once again, hence the addiction to methamphetamines.
A methamphetamine intervention is second to only heroin interventions as our most common to perform. Affecting every state of our country, methamphetamines have become a huge epidemic in the US for decades. Lives of crime, prison sentences, heart attacks, liver disease, family estrangement, lost custody of children and death are just some of the consequences that arise from the addiction to meth. A horrifying drug made from even more appalling chemicals, meth is snorted, smoked and injected by its users. Most find themselves binging for many days at a time until they finally “crash”. Some need it daily to even get up out of bed and “function” for whatever that means. Users are obsessive, they run spinning out of control and normally accomplish nothing but chaos and disruption into their own lives as well as others. Living with or associating with a meth addict is nothing short of torment. If they’re high, they are unpredictable and destructive and if they’re not currently on the drug they are miserable and impossible to reason with.
Timing is everything when doing methamphetamine interventions because the addicts are so unpredictable, erratic, and aimless and they are usually only focused on their next high and getting away from the present confrontation. We focus on many things in preparation with families and friends to properly perform the intervention and thus get them to treatment without any further damage that has already been done. Our aim is to prepare the family and friends with the right tools in handling the addict with love and direction, enough to make the thought of getting help more important than getting more methamphetamine. The power of love is often minimized and even dismissed by a meth user and the damage done is simply just a part of life for them. We get the addict to finally see what they are missing and start considering the option of life without the drug. An intervention is a process and with proper planning and execution it is very possible to end the madness experienced by those living with and loving a methamphetamine addict. Call us and see what we can help you do, finally.
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