Long term methamphetamine effects can come in many forms. A person is affected internally and externally when they use meth, and the long-term consequences of this drug will disrupt every aspect of the individual’s life.
Internal Long-Term Methamphetamine Effects
The more severe meth long-term effects are those that affect the person internally causing health issues that sometimes go without notice until they cause death. When someone injects methamphetamine, it creates changes in the user’s blood, liver, and kidneys. Injecting meth is like pumping gas into a person’s system. It causes the blood to become impure and can sometimes lead to sudden death.
Smoking methamphetamine causes possible lung, throat, and mouth cancer as well as rotting teeth, inflamed gums and other parts of the user’s mouth and throat. All of the major organs in a person’s body are affected by methamphetamine, no matter what kind of ingestion method is used.
Other Long Term Meth Effects
Some other long-term meth effects that are the very noticeable are visible effects. When a person uses meth over an extended period, they become almost unrecognizable. The user’s skin will appear aged and tired, the hair will become thin and fall out, and sores appear all over their skin from the addict pulling and scratching the “bugs” that they believe are inside of their skin. All long-term methamphetamine use affects a person’s health and well-being.
The Reality of Methamphetamines
Methamphetamines, or “Meth” is a class of drugs that stimulate the cental nervous system. Its chemical name is n-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine and is similar in structure to amphetamines. This medication in the crystalline form is called “Tina,” “Crystal,” or “glass,” among many other street names. Methamphetamines have a legitimate use medicinally as a treatment for obesity, narcolepsy, as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. But unfortunately, this drug has been produced at the street level and has created a crisis in many American communities as one of the prevalently abused street drugs.
Methamphetamines are usually found in a crystalline form that is bitter in taste, odorless, and colorless. It is water and alcohol soluble and can be smoked, sniffed, or injected. Its effects include a euphoric effect as well as hallucinations. The drug increases the heartrate, blood pressure, induces sweating and increases the libido. It has been a long time weight loss aid as it causes the user to drop significant amounts of body fat quickly. Methamphetamines increase energy and stamina, which has made its use attractive to athletes as well. Though methamphetamines may have positive effects for some users, it is associated with illegal drug use that is increasing at an alarming level.
Chronic use of methamphetamine can cause constriction of blood vessels which may initiate serious heart problems later on as well psychotic behavior, tremors, diarrhea and nausea, brain damage, stroke, and suicide. These effects are more pronounced in those persons who abuse the drug rather than through prescribed use. Through treatment and therapy, the user can be weaned from the misuse of the drugs and lead a productive life.
If you are suffering from the long-term methamphetamine effects and you are ready to make the change in your life towards addiction recovery, contact us now. Our staff is standing by to help you start on your journey towards a life free from methamphetamine addiction and the meth effects that will only worsen over time.