While meth is not the number one drug of abuse in the U.S., it is one of the most addictive and most destructive ones. Knowing the signs and symptoms of meth abuse is important in the effort to keep your loved one drug-free.
What does meth look like? This drug is often a white or light brown crystalline powder. Meth may also be found in clear chunky crystals that resemble broken pieces of ice or shards of glass; in this form it is known as Ice. It can also be found in liquid form too.
How do people take meth? When meth users take the drug there are a variety of different ways they can ingest it. Meth can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked. As a concerned love one, if you are looking for indications of meth use you may come across small bags of white powder or crystals and possibly syringes. Other meth use paraphernalia include crumpled aluminum foil, soda cans with a hole in the side or the shafts of inexpensive ball-point pens that have been used to snort the drug.
Often, meth users do not sleep for long periods of time. They will use the drug over and over again; it is a form of binging known as a “run”. During this time they may ingest the drug every few hours until they have gone through their supply or have become too incapacitated to keep using.
Physically, meth causes the user to lose their appetite. This in turn causes them to lose a large amount of weight often over a short period of time. As this continues they become sickly looking and often appear emaciated. The meth user may appear unusually active and can seem nervous and anxious. Many users become paranoid of being watched or followed. Repeated meth use may result in irregular heartbeat, rapid heartbeat, mood disturbances, violent, aggressive, paranoid behavior, confusion and insomnia.
Unfortunately, many meth addicts refuse help when it is offered. It may take some time, effort and multiple interventions to get the person into a treatment program. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are able to help even the most severe cases of meth addiction. Their rehab methods drug-free, educationally based and includes a total body purifying program that effectively eliminates future physical drug cravings. 7 out of 10 people who enroll and complete the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program stay sober when they return home, even the most long-term and extreme cases.
The cornerstone to Narconon Fresh Start’s success is their New Life Detoxification program. This program utilizes dry sauna therapy to help the program participant flush out the residual meth toxins left behind in their fatty tissues. This phase combines time in a low-heat sauna, daily exercise and a specific nutritional supplant regimen. Once completed, the client will have improved mental clarity and significantly reduced, if not all-together eliminated their physical cravings for meth.