Meth is one of the most devastating drugs of addiction. Here are X telltale signs of ice use.
Methamphetamine, also known as “meth” and “ice,” is a stimulant drug that’s made in underground meth labs with a wide assortment of dangerous and deadly chemicals. This drug is highly addictive, and repeated abuse has some serious consequences for both physical and mental health. If you’re worried that someone you love may be using meth, you may not know what to look for in terms of signs. Here, then, are four telltale signs of ice use.
1. High energy.
As a stimulant drug, meth speeds up the central nervous system. The first signs of ice use will be someone’s energy level. People on meth are likely to be “wired,” talking fast or excessively and exhibiting high energy. They may be jittery or restless. Meth also produces a sense of euphoria, leaving users feeling happy and content. These first signs of ice use can quickly escalate to more serious signs of meth abuse.
2. Changes in appearance.
Due to the host of dangerous and toxic substances used in the manufacture of meth, this drug causes rapid changes in physical appearance. Ice addiction side effects in terms of appearance include these physical telltale signs of ice use:
- Rapid or extreme weight loss.
- Sores or acne on the face.
- Rotted teeth, also known as “meth mouth.”
- Droopy facial skin.
- Itching skin and resulting sores and lesions.
- A dull appearance behind the eyes.
3. Physical health problems.
Ice addiction side effects include devastating physical health problems. These include telltale signs of ice use like:
- Malnutrition from lack of eating or from eating a poor diet.
- Liver damage.
- Heart attack.
- Lowered immunity, leaving you more susceptible to infectious diseases.
- Insomnia for up to 15 days at a time.
Additionally, meth can increase the libido, which commonly leads to unprotected sexual encounters that increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
4. Mental health problems.
Over time, meth addiction can cause serious neurological and mental health problems, including:
- Memory problems.
- Declining motor skills.
- Impaired visual memory.
- Auditory and visual hallucinations.
- Irritability and mood swings.
- Intense scratching and picking at the skin.
Meth addiction can worsen anxiety and depression and can even cause the onset of these and other mental illnesses. Telltale signs of ice use include new or worsening mental illnesses or emotional problems.
Treatment Can Help
Meth addiction robs you of your health, wellbeing, relationships, and happiness, but with professional help, you can end a meth addiction for the long-term.
Getting off meth on your own can be extremely difficult due to cravings and intense withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. Because of the changes in brain function caused by addiction, people who quit using meth often experience a deep, dark depression and other serious emotional problems.
A high quality treatment program will start with medical detox to end the physical dependence on meth. During medical detox, medical and mental health professionals will administer medications as needed to reduce the severity of withdrawl, including treating depression and insomnia and reducing cravings.
Once detox is complete, treatment for the addiction begins. A holistic approach to treatment is best and involves a variety of traditional and complementary therapies to help end ice use for good. These therapies help you:
- Identify self-destructive thought and behavior patterns and learn to think and behave in healthier ways.
- Develop essential coping skills for handling stress, cravings, and other triggers.
- Address the underlying causes behind the addiction, such as trauma or chronic stress.
- Repair relationships and restore function to the family system.
- Learn to relax and have fun without meth.
- Identify purpose and meaning in a life without drugs.
Treatment works, and it can work to help you restore your life and end your addiction for good for better health, happiness, and wellbeing.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.