Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal meth addiction is a very serious and growing problem. Crystal meth, meth, tina, and crystal are common names used to describe a popular street drug called methamphetamine, which stimulates the body and heightens a sense of awareness as well as sexual inhibitions.

Meth is a drug that can be administered several different ways; nasally (bumped), smoked and injected (slammed). Once meth has entered the body the effects include increased energy, a sense of euphoria and increased sexual desire. Once the effects wear off it is not uncommon for users to make attempts to “chase the high,” or try to achieve the original euphoric feelings they initially experienced. Many do not gain the same effect and will continue to use crystal frequently in an attempt to “achieve” that same high. Thus, crystal meth addiction has set in and, even though the individual is not achieving the same high, they are still getting high.

Crystal Meth is extremely hard on the human body. The negative effect on the brain begins to be noticed after only a short period of time. The first symptoms noticed are usually depression and anxiety. The anxiety results in feelings related to panic attacks and can be severe enough to mimic or feel like paranoia. Due to the effects on the person’s decreased sense of inhibition sexually, individuals on crystal meth tend to have an increased sexual appetite. Since crystal allows users to remain awake for several hours, even several days, sexual compulsivity becomes an issue. The lack of inhibition and increased sexual compulsivity opens the individual up to the possibility of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B/C and syphilis.

Possible indicators of crystal meth use may include:

  • Increased feelings of being anxious or agitated
  • Feelings of paranoia and delusional beliefs that have not been noticed in the past
  • Inability to sleep for an extended period of time
  • Building a tolerance to the drug requiring higher doses to achieve the initial desired effect
  • Sexual behaviors increasing as well as higher risk sexual behaviors.
  • Possible deterioration of health, oral health, blood pressure problems and other heart health problems.

Please, if you suffer from crystal meth addiction you owe it to yourself to get help. Pride Institute has over 20 years experience in treating the gay community with abuse and addiction problems. Contact us today and take the first step towards a better life.

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