Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal and ice, is a form of synthetic adrenaline. While the type of meth that is smoked, injected and snorted is illegal, methamphetamine is available in the prescription Desoxyn, a drug that is used in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and in some weight loss patients. According to PBS, there are 1.4 million Americans who are currently using and think they addicted to meth.
Japan was the first country to manufacture meth in 1893. By 1944 meth was introduced to the U.S. and not long after that the drug became popular. As discoveries were made concerning the crash that is associated with meth and the damage to the body, the drug was banned and deemed illegal in 1965. Forty years later, by 2005, under the Patriot Act, there was a restriction placed on the purchase of some of the chemicals needed to manufacture meth. This was supposed to be a deterrent.
Meth users experience a euphoric sensation, a rush of adrenaline and heightened sense of arousal, but those feelings fade in the "crash" as users come down from the high. In order to regain the sensation, users need more Meth to sustain the high. Some users go on long periods of constant meth use in order to get back to the state of euphoria they experienced at first. This process is known as tweaking. Tweaking results in the user staying awake for many days and can be as long as a week or longer. In some cases the activity does not end unless the user is hospitalized or arrested.
The damaging effects of meth use are physical, physiological and in some cases can be permanent. Physiologically, meth destroys the brain by killing the dopamine receptors. Research has revealed that while it is possible for the receptors to heal over time, the user's cognitive abilities may be permanently damaged. Repeated and habitual meth use can lead to psychotic breaks which may include insomnia, aggression, paranoia, hallucinations, anxiety and delusions.
Physically, there is a list of appearance altering effects from using meth the most common is meth mouth. Meth mouth is extreme tooth decay and loss that is a result from meth users grinding their teeth, having dry mouth and not exercising good oral hygiene.
Pregnant meth users can pass the drug to their unborn child through the placenta. Meth users can also pass the drug to their babies through breast milk. Babies that are born to heavy meth users can have physical problems. Research shows that these babies are prone to additional health risks later in their life as well as behavioral problems.
Since one method of using meth is by intravenous injection, the risks for Hepatitis, HIV and other blood born diseases are increased because drug users don't generally practice safe sanitation. There is also a concern for unsafe sex practices for Meth users which can lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. It is not unusual for meth users to exchange sex for meth. Cardiac arrest, anorexia and convulsions can all lead to death for meth users. However, there is a different choice that you can make: St. Jude Retreats.
St. Jude Retreats is a non treatment program that teaches people how to permanently overcome a meth use problem and also to educate them why they are not addicted to meth. It is important to know that meth use is a behavioral choice and not a disease or genetic disorder. In other words, you were not born to be a meth user. We do not prescribe other medicines for you to substitute for meth and we are not a drug rehab center. Our guests develop an understanding that they choose to use Meth and they have the power to stop using meth.
Our guests learn new thoughts and behaviors and as a result develop a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment. We are not a 12 step program and we do not recommend support group meetings as aftercare. We do not resort to tactics that break down our guests. We show our guests true compassion and respect and help them to see that their lives are worth fixing and their situations and problems are changeable. Call today and let St Jude Retreats help you take back control of your life from meth forever!