Crystal meth is a type of amphetamine. It is a crystal form of a drug formally known as methamphetamine, and can be snorted, injected or swallowed. There is also another type which can be smoked, known usually as ice. Crystal meth “highs” last a long time and give a stimulating effect of boosted self-confidence which, together with the relatively low cost, feelings of euphoria and sense of sharpened focus make crystal meth addiction easy to develop.
Use of crystal meth leads to a variety of unpleasant mental and emotional side affects including anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and other psychotic illnesses. There are many highly dangerous physical problems which develop due to crystal meth addiction, such as lung damage, kidney damage, strokes and even death.
Symptoms of Crystal Meth Addiction
Do you know someone who is worrying you by exhibiting a possible addiction to crystal meth? Try asking yourself the following questions.
- Do they often seem hyperactive, irritable, agitated or even violent?
- Are they showing signs of weight loss, skin welts or involuntary twitches or similar movements?
- Do they often have prolonged periods of sleep? This is a common sign of a “crash” after use of crystal meth.