Long Term Effects of Using Meth

Long Term Effects of Using Meth

If you or someone you know uses meth, there are some long-term effects that you may want to know about. The more someone learns about the damaging effects of this drug, the more likely they might be to get help in overcoming a meth addiction. If you are already realizing it is time to get into a treatment program for this type of addiction, reach out to our team here at Better Tomorrow today.

Increased Tolerance

Just as with different drug addictions, people that use meth often do develop a higher tolerance to it. They end up needing more of it to get the same effects. The problem is that after someone experiences the first high from meth, they never get that same high. However, they chase the high looking to get similar effects which only makes them use more of the drug. This is one of the reasons why so many people overdose on meth.

Research shows that the increased tolerance is worse than with a lot of other drugs. Since the high is so strong, people develop a tolerance to the drug quickly.

Withdrawing from Meth

In addition to the increased tolerance, people generally go through a lot of withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug, too. The withdrawal effects will generally include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Severe cravings

Unfortunately, when some people go through withdrawal, they use a lot of the drug to make up for the cravings and withdrawal symptoms they are experiencing. This is when an overdose is more likely to occur.

If you are going through withdrawal or you know someone who is, getting into a treatment center could be the best decision. In the treatment program, you will be able to get medication-assisted treatment to help you detox and get clean from meth.

Psychiatric Issues

If you use meth long-term, you have a larger chance of experiencing moderate to severe psychiatric issues. Some of these may not be reversible. Other times, if you stop using meth and get into recovery, you have a chance of feeling better. Some of the psychiatric symptoms you might have include:

  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disturbances
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Delusions
  • Violence

If you already experience these symptoms, reach out to our team today to let us know. We would like to help you get into a treatment program, so we can help to treat these issues.

Physical Health Issues

Some people who use meth long-term have physical health issues that develop. Some of these might include:

  • Skin sores (generally around the mouth and nose)
  • A lot of weight loss
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Tremors
  • Excess sweating
  • Sleeplessness
  • Headaches
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Premature aging
  • Poor hygiene
  • Skin picking
  • Acne
  • Cavities
  • Missing teeth
  • Heart issues
  • Higher risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Increased risk of strokes

If you have been using meth short or long-term, there are effects that could be permanent. However, the sooner you stop using this drug, the more likely you can reverse some of the effects. It is even possible to get back the life you had before you began using this drug. It will take a while, but with treatment and support the possibility is there.

Get Treatment for Meth Addiction

Whether you have been using meth for a little bit of time or for a long time, there are treatment programs that can help you to overcome the addiction. Some of these treatments include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Intensive-outpatient treatment
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Nutritional therapy
  • Aftercare planning
  • Relapse prevention programs
  • Support groups

If you have an addiction to meth, the sooner you can get into a treatment program the better it will be for you. There are some people who try to quit using meth on their own. That is possible. However, the chances of relapsing are much higher when attempting to quit by yourself. If you want to increase your chances of getting and staying clean, reach out to our team today. We will be happy to discuss a combination of treatments that would work best for you.

If you still aren’t sure which treatments to start with after talking to our team, look at some of our reviews or come in to speak with someone. Getting a feel for our treatment center might give you a better idea of whether you should attend an inpatient program.

Stop the Long-Term Effects of Meth by Getting Into Treatment Today

If you are struggling with meth use, don’t wait until long-term effects arise. You can choose to save your own life by getting clean from this drug and turning your life around via recovery. There are so many programs that could work to help you overcome a meth addiction.

Contact us today to stop the long-term effects of meth by getting into a treatment program right away.