Methamphetamine, commonly known as Meth, is a highly addictive and deadly drug. There are several methods of use, a few being: Smoking, Snorting, Intravenous, and ingesting orally. There are numerous short term effects of meth including:
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of sleep
- Intense feelings of euphoria
- Obsessive behaviors (cleaning, painting, coloring, etc.)
- Heightened libido
Meth is highly addictive and a onetime use, or occasional use can quickly lead to everyday use. Meth forces dopamine, the feel good chemical in the brain 1200-times higher than a normal does from other pleasurable things (sex, a good cookie, etc.) As use continues the side effects of Meth become more alarming:
- Weight loss
- Auditory/Visual hallucinations
- Financial troubles
- Tooth decay (Commonly referred to as “Meth Mouth”)
- Obsessive picking
- Effect on cognitive ability
- Stunted dopamine transmitters
- Trouble with family/friends
- Legal troubles
GAY MEN and METH
NIH reports that meth abuse is associated with a culture of risky sexual behavior, both among men who have sex with men and in heterosexual populations, a link that may be attributed to the fact that methamphetamine and related stimulants can increase libido. (Although paradoxically, long-term methamphetamine abuse may be associated with decreased sexual functioning, at least in men.)
The combination of injection practices and sexual risk-taking may result in HIV becoming a greater problem among methamphetamine abusers than among other drug abusers, and some epidemiologic reports are already showing this trend. For example, while the link between HIV infection and methamphetamine abuse has not yet been established for heterosexuals, data show an association between methamphetamine abuse and the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men.
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If Meth use has such alarming consequences why do people try it, or continue to use it?
Almost immediately upon ingesting Meth a person will experience a powerful feeling of Euphoria. This feeling makes the user feel like they are on top of the world; that is until the Meth wares off. Eventually the feeling produced my Meth is shorter and shorter, leaving the person addicted to meth needing more and more to attain the same feeling of Euphoria. At a certain point the addict uses Meth just to be able to get out of bed, or feel “normal”.
When Meth is used, the brain begins releasing dopamine in higher amounts than normal. This causes the feeling of Euphoria. After prolonged Meth use, the brain becomes used to the high level of dopamine, and becomes desensitized to it. This is when more meth is needed to get high.
As meth use continues, the physical and mental symptoms get worse. Prolonged abuse of meth can lead to teeth rotting and falling out, mal-nourishment, paranoia, and realistic auditory/visual hallucinations. The paranoia combined with the auditory and visual hallucinations can be permanent if use continues long enough.
Getting clean can be extremely difficult for meth addicts. This is because once getting clean the intense craving for meth continues. The brain became used to being flooded with dopamine, which as explained before allows someone to feel good, or euphoric. After prolonged meth use the brain quits producing dopamine by its self because the meth was producing it for the brain. The newly clean meth addict may have difficulty feeling happy, or good because of this.