Methamphetamine, or meth, is like all drugs very pleasurable when it is first tried. Also like all drugs, it is not very pleasurable when the effects wear off, or when addiction sets in, which is often at first use. Methamphetamine effects different people in different ways, and some are more resistant than others. However, aggression, memory loss, along with heart and brain damage are just some of the dark sides of what this drug does to a human being. Psychotic behavior is not uncommon, leading to legal troubles, and broken homes.
To take methamphetamine, most people snort it up the nose, smoke it in a glass pipe, or inject it into the bloodstream. Since it instantly creates a false sense of happiness and well-being, this drug is highly addictive. Users become fiercely alert, robustly confident and experience tremendous amounts of artificially stimulated energy. Such effects last from six to twenty four hours. But once the drug wears off, the users experiences a dreadful “low”, a deep depression coupled with loss of appetite that often stimulates the desire to use the drug again, just to dig out of the low. This is along with the newly addicted body “asking” for the substance. Sadly, many people perish after prolonged use of meth.
It is not too difficult to see why this is one of the hardest drug addictions to break. Due to users feeling rushes of energy, they will often push their bodies too far, farther than they can go. Remember, the stimulation of energy is artificial. Just because the user feels energetic doesn’t mean that they are. So, as the drug wears off, users feel the extreme physical and mental effects. The decreased appetite brought on by use may result in weight loss. Extreme nausea is also a common side effect. So is aggressiveness, often leading to a show down with law enforcement agencies exacerbated by feelings of invincibility. Paranoia, hallucinations and irritability are also common.
Long term damage many times can be irreversible. Damage includes pulmonary problems, elevated blood pressure, tachycardia, liver disease, strokes, kidney damage, and brain damage including memory loss. Ultimately, the longest term side effect of meth use is death.
In conclusion, none of us wish to see our loved ones become a victim of this drug. So if you know someone that is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, it is imperative that you get them help. You never know when they are going to run out of time.