It’s too easy to get addicted to meth.
Meth is a stimulant that increases activity in the pleasure centers of the brain. The first time people use meth they often feel joyful and excited. But an occasional meth user can quickly become an addict. Some addicts report that they became hooked the first time they used meth.
Meth addicts who are on a binge may stay awake for several days before falling into an exhausted sleep that can also last for days. The lack of sleep causes users to become extremely paranoid and unpredictable. Some meth addicts become aggressive and violent. The need to obtain and use meth becomes the focus of the addict’s life.
Long-term meth use scrambles the user’s brain chemistry and can cause severe side effects like hallucinations. Meth can also cause health problems like loss of bone mass, and deterioration of the user's teeth. Using meth can even kill you.
Meth is a hard drug to kick. Treatment
for meth addiction is a long-term process.
Addicts often commit crimes to get meth. To satisfy their cravings, some addicts make the drug in dangerous homemade labs
. Meth has many street names including "crank" and "ice." It can be smoked, snorted, eaten or injected. Meth's effects typically last 10 to 12 hours, longer than cocaine which wears off in less than an hour.