Meth and Your Brain

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Meth and Your Brain

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is a man made substance that increases euphoria and energy in the user. Crystal meth is made from household chemicals and over the counter medications. Meth users, on average, live only a few years once in the thralls of their addiction.

Crystal meth is a unique substance because of the drastic changes that occur in the brain. Recovery can be difficult to achieve, but not impossible. If crystal meth is a substance that you are addicted to, there is hope and there is help.

Crystal meth use changes the brain. When crystal meth is ingested, dopamine receptors release huge amounts of dopamine, the feel good chemical. When dopamine is released on this scale, the user may have difficulty feeling pleasure in normal ways. This means that things which used to give you pleasure.

This phenomena is called dopamine depletion syndrome. Not every user gets dopamine depletion syndrome, but after years of use, this is a possible consequence. What dopamine depletion means is that time with friends and family, chocolate cake, and that feeling you get from looking at the sunset is gone because of changes in your brain from crystal meth use.

Crystal meth affects other areas of your brain and body. Long term use can cause cognitive impairments, making it difficult to learn in the same manner as before.Long term use or withdrawal can cause depression and anxiety, as well as visual and audible hallucinations. Crystal meth can cause involuntary movements, dental decay, organ failure, aggression, and addiction.

There are ways to recover from crystal meth use. Detox and treatment is the first step. You need to rid your body of toxins from crystal meth use. Next, you need to learn how to stop using and learn how to live life sober. After treatment, you may consider joining Crystal Meth Anonymous or a similar group.

Going to therapy may be another option to consider. A trained addiction therapist can help you learn new coping tools. Therapy can also teach you memory tricks and how to have fun again. Recovery from crystal meth is not an overnight process, but recovery is possible.

Help is just a phone call away. At The Kimberly Center, we care about your health and recovery. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER. We are committed to giving you the tools to succeed on your journey. At the Kimberly Center, you are in safe hands.

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