Why Meth is So Addictive
Meth produces feelings so powerful in the user that they have often been described as the “Superman” effect because users feel as if they can do anything. When meth hits the bloodstream, it creates an artificial pleasure sensation by sending pleasure impulses to the brain. Dopamine is the body’s ultimate “feel good” chemical. With sex, dopamine levels jump to about 200 and cocaine use causes them to reach 350. Several researchers, however, report that met use spikes these levels to 1,250 units. Even from the first time someone uses meth, the high is significant, and the brain registers that experience as a “hard-coded” memory. From that moment on, the brain tries to recapture those same positive feelings that were experienced with the first use, which is often impossible. Your brain adapts to meth use almost immediately, which means that more and more of the drug is required each time to “chase” that initial high. This chase leads to severe meth addiction, which has some startling and horrifying effects on your body and mind.
The Effects of Meth Abuse Over Time
Once you begin using meth repeatedly, your brain chemistry becomes altered. Where you were once able to release dopamine naturally, this now becomes virtually impossible as the brain now relies on meth as its sole source of pleasure. The effects of meth on your mind and body vary depending on such factors as age, amount consumed, how the drug is ingested, and any pre-existing psychiatric or physical disorders.
Effects of meth abuse over time can be quite serious and some are even irreversible. These include:
- “Meth Mouth” (extreme tooth decay)
- Impaired Memory
- Psychosis and Violent Behavior
- Heart Damage
- Kidney Failure
Getting Help for Meth Addiction
While quitting meth is not easy, it is certainly possible. What began as an extreme high for most addicts quickly turns into a life filled with losses, illness, and feelings of anxiety, depression, and despair. If you or a loved one are trapped in the cycle of meth addiction, getting help becomes critical. Some addiction recovery centers have developed particular expertise in treating meth addiction, which is just one of the reasons we are confident in our ability to help. Are you or loved one struggling with meth addiction and looking for a way out? Contact us to learn more about our meth addiction treatment program.