Meth Addiction: Meth’s Impact on the Body
Posted: August 26, 2015
Meth addiction takes a serious toll on the body, but at that point most individuals suffering from meth addiction are too far gone to see the damage they are causing themselves. Meth, which is the shortened term for methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant drug. Individuals suffering from meth addiction have become very creative with find ways to use the drug, but the most common ways methamphetamine is taken is orally, smoked, snorted, or dissolved in water or alcohol and injected. Meth addiction causes serious effects on the body, not only internally, but through visible signs as well. Have you ever seen the teeth/mouth of an individual suffering from meth addiction? For high level abusers it can get quite disturbing, but believe it or not there is a name for it, called “meth mouth”. The beginning stages of meth mouth starts with bad breath, cavities, and damaged swollen gums. The next steps include more severe mouths sores, worsened decay, and gum tissue begins to die. For its more advanced abusers, their last stage of meth mouth is the point of no return, teeth are almost lined with their gums (if they haven’t fallen out yet), and blood supply is almost nonexistent in the gum tissue. More visible signs of those suffering from meth addiction include destruction of tissues and blood vessels preventing the body’s ability to repair itself, acne, body sores (including face), and loss of elasticity of skin causing a significant increase in age appearance.
One of the most severe consequences individuals suffering from meth addiction face is long term or permanent damage to the brain. Studies show that meth addiction alters the dopamine system in the brain which leads reduction of motor skills and impaired verbal learning. Structural and functional changes in the brain are commonly associated with chronic meth abuse and have a big impact on memory and emotion. Meth addiction also causes significant anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. Psychotic symptoms include paranoia, hallucinations, and delusional behavior. These psychotic symptoms can last anywhere from a couple months to years, even after meth abuse has stopped. Other effects of meth addiction include increased heart rate, disorganized lifestyle, lower resistance to illness, liver damage, convulsions, stroke, and death.
Meth addiction is not a choice. Meth is an extremely addictive drug and can take one’s life and throw it upside down. It not only destroys the body of the abuser, but destroys lives and families. If you or a loved one suffers from meth addiction you’re not alone. Call 1(800) 641-9843 or visit americanaddictionnetwork.com today. You’re road to recovery starts here!