What is meth?

What is Meth?

 

Meth, or methamphetamine, is a drug that has become a very serious problem for youth in the United States over the past few decades. Because of how easy it is to not only obtain but create, it is a very serious issue even in rural areas of the country. But what is meth, and why is it so attractive to young people?

 

Regarded often as "the worst drug", meth is a growing concern in the United States.

Regarded often as “the worst drug”, meth is a growing concern in the United States.

What is meth?

 

Meth is a schedule 1 illicit drug that falls under the stimulant category, similar to cocaine and crack. The same base properties of meth are also found in prescription drugs such as Adderall. Meth has many names such as speed, gak, crystal and others typically referring to different types, qualities or forms of the drug.

Meth, as with many other drugs which make the user feel euphoria, increases the amount of dopamine in the user’s brain, leaving chemical imbalances once the individual stops using. Dopamine is the chemical responsible for motivation, reward, and pleasure centers of the brain.

 

What are the effects of meth?

 

When used, meth creates a very strong feeling of euphoria for the individual, creating a ‘rush’ when it is first ingested. Despite this, the use of meth is coupled by many side effects. These include being overly talkative, insomnia, extreme energy and hyper activity.

 

The user feels confident, aware and awake, more in-tune with whatever they may be doing. There is also a distinct decrease in appetite, which is why many users (particularly women) begin to use the drug in the first place in order to lose weight.

 

Becoming Addicted to Meth

 

As with any serious drug, meth can promote drug-seeking addictive behavior. Because prolonged use of the drug prevents the brain from naturally being able to provide chemicals that provide pleasure, users will ultimately only be able to derive any sense of well being unless they are using the drug.

 

What makes meth so terrible is its prevalence among young people, being readily available not only in clubs and events but in schools. Meth is easy to obtain for anyone, and pervasive among all areas of the country—and the world. . If you or someone you know needs help from meth addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.