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Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Meth Addiction

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug powerful enough to stimulate central nervous system. Methamphetamine is prescribed mainly for the treatment of narcolepsy, attention deficit disorders, and obesity and is used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers also. It works on the brain and spinal cord by interacting with normal neurotransmission. Neurotransmitters are powerful enough to communicate with each other and send messages to influence thinking and all other systems throughout the body. Since Methamphetamine can be easily manufactured, and is highly addictive, the use of the drug increased throughout the United States. This highly addictive drug has a high potential for abuse and dependence. It is available in pill form, capsules, powder and chunks, and can be injected, snorted, smoked, or ingested orally.



Effects of Methamphetamine

Users taking Methamphetamine for the first time feel a short yet intense "rush." Increased activity, decreased appetite, and a sense of well being lasting 20 minutes to 12 hours are the short term side effects. Users of Meth can develop a tolerance quickly, requiring larger amounts to get high. Paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior, and delusions of parasites or insects crawling under the skin are the side effects if taken for long. Chronic and high-dosage users often exhibit violent and aggressive behavior, sometimes coupled with extreme paranoia. Constant use of Crystal Meth can also lead to heart failure, brain damage, and stroke. Mental disorders such as delusions or hallucinations are reported as side effects. Extreme, acute psychiatric and psychological symptoms that may even lead to suicide or murder also have been reported.

Symptoms of Addiction

Addiction to Methamphetamine reaches low intensity stage, binge stage, and high intensity stage. Abusers in the binge and high-intensity stage smoke or inject meth to get the maximum effect. As a result of the "high" feeling achieved by the use of methamphetamine, self-confidence is artificially boosted. This feeling will induce abusers to experiment adventurous acts beyond their physical limitations. In certain cases, users avoid taking food and forgo sleep.

Treatment

Behavioral interventions are widely used in long-term drug-free recovery process. Cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful in changing a patient's thinking, expectations and behavior. Holistic detoxification and treatment options are ideal in treating Meth Addicts.

 
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