I have never used Meth myself. Although, as a member of the recovery community, particularly the gay population, I have definitely come across the term.
In fact, it's quite common to find people in the recovery community who consider themselves Meth-addicts, heterosexual or homosexual.
Actually, you would have to live under a rock to have never heard of this virulent drug that has caused massive mayhem and destruction, not to mention death, in the lives of those on its path.
Seeing some before and after photos of people who use Meth actually prompted me to write this article, in an effort to bring more awareness to this heinous drug.
Meth, otherwise known as Methamphetamine, is a drug classified as a stimulant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Meth works by releasing and blocking the re-uptake of dopamine, a neurotransmitter found in the brain.
Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that modulates our experience of motivation and pleasure. The use of Meth works when large amounts of the drug are released in the reward region of the brain, which produces a rush or euphoric feeling.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 1.2 million Americans, aged 12 and above, used Meth at least once, as recent as 2009.
There are quite a few consequences to abusing Meth. To begin, it causes premature aging as facial wasting is a symptom that occurs because Meth suppresses appetite in the user. Often, I recognize meth-users by their gaunt and sallow-looking facial appearances.
Meth use also produces tooth decay, i.e., meth mouth, as users often neglect dental hygiene. As well, Meth users often exhibit violent behavior, pronounced anxiety, incoherence, hyper-alertness and rapid heartbeat.
Also, Meth users must deal with increased risks of contracting sexual transmitted diseases, i.e., HIV, particularly among the homosexual demographic, Hepatitis B and C, Herpes and so forth.
More often than not, use of Meth results in such intoxicating effects that the user's judgment becomes impaired. In turn, the Meth user engages in sexual behavior he might not otherwise engage in, often resulting in the contraction one or many diseases.
Beyond Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous there also exists Crystal Meth Anonymous, where one addict can talk to another addict.
If you or someone that you love is struggling with meth addiction, alcoholism or some other addiction, please call or text us as soon as possible. We can help you.
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