Signs of Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal Meth Addiction Starts Quickly
The crystalline form of methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs on the market. In fact, addiction can occur even after the first use. How? Crystal meth is usually use by:

Smoking it in a glass pipe.
Crushed and snorted.

Any of these modes of administration can quickly lead to the formation of compulsive drug use and obsessive drug seeking behavior. In fact, you can get hooked quickly on crystal meth, despite knowledge of negative consequences.

Crystal meth addiction signs
Some of the first signs of a crystal meth addiction are behavioral changes, which are usually easy to notice. You can usually tell that something is wrong just by observing the person’s behavior. Here are some signs that can signal when someone is struggling with an addiction problem to crystal meth:

Becoming secretive and withdrawn.
Being caught in lies about everything and nothing.
Decreased school or work performance due to crystal meth use.
Display of withdrawal symptoms (nausea, dry mouth, sweating, depression, anxiety, shaking, etc.) whenever meth is not around.
Getting into legal trouble due to possession or use of crystal meth, or performing other illegal activities to be able to purchase meth.
Loss of interest in social life, hobbies, and once enjoyable activities.
Staying up for days and then sleeping for a long period of time.
Spending a great deal of time hungover and recovering from the effects of crystal meth use.
Unable to explain where money (or other possessions) go missing.

If you are looking for the signs of crystal meth addiction in yourself, it may be harder to notice these behavioral changes. You might be in denial about your substance use problem, which is normal because nobody wants to view themselves as an “addict”. But, there are some tell-tale signs that may suggest your use has gotten out of hand and you need to seek medical help.

Clinical signs of addiction
The main signs of an addiction that are used to clinically diagnose a “Substance Use Disorder” include:

Continued Use Despite Negative Consequences: Neglecting work, school, or family obligations because of crystal meth.
Compulsion: Obsessively thinking of using or finding ways to obtain the drug.
Physical Dependence: Feeling a number of physical and/or psychological side effects because of crystal meth. Experiencing crystal meth withdrawal symptoms when you stop using or significantly reduce regular doses.
Psychological Dependence: Being unable to function ‘normally’ in every day life without crystal meth.
Tolerance: Being unable to feel the wanted effects from crystal meth at lower doses. So, you increase dose amount or frequency to compensate.

Loss of Drug Control: Using crystal meth several times a week. Having a difficulty stopping or controlling crystal meth use once you start. Trying to quit crystal meth but always relapsing. Taking higher doses of crystal meth than you originally plan.

Additionally, crystal meth comes with high levels of drug craving, which can even be physical. However, if you are addicted to meth, there is hope! You need professional help.

Symptoms of crystal meth addiction
Crystal meth addiction can be characterized by physical and psychological symptoms.

Physical symptoms of crystal meth addiction, include:

Dilated pupils
Extreme weight loss due to an affected immune system and loss of appetite
Eye twitching
Rotten teeth
Sores on the mouth and face
Skin abscesses (that may become infected)

Psychological symptoms of addiction to crystal meth, include:

Aggressive behavior
Manic phase
Mood instability
Obsessive need for cleaning
Repetitious behavior
Sleep deprivation
Suicidal thoughts

Recovery From Meth Addiction
Taking drugs may go against the Bible’s message, but God is willing to forgive those who are able to admit sins, acknowledge weakness, and repent. By providing a faith-based alternative, we are happy to walk with all Christians on the path to a brighter tomorrow. Through rehab, Bible study, prayer, group therapy, and counseling, we can offer the stability and support necessary to leave behind an addiction to crystal meth. If you need help from the bondage of drug addiction, call us at (912) 529-6712 or fill out our contact form.

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