Methamphetamine (or meth) is a stimulant. The stimulant creates highly positive feelings in the user when it is first taken into the blood stream and on through the nervous system. When drug’s effects wear off however, there is an opposite reaction and “bad feelings” begin to overtake the user. This occurs because the meth suppresses normal levels of adrenaline production in the user. Adrenaline, when being produced at normal levels, keeps the user balanced emotionally and physically. Now, thanks to the meth, the user experiences a chemical imbalance. To the user, the only way to counter this chemical imbalance is to take more and more meth until the “good feeling” return. This cycle represents the nature of meth addiction.
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Meth creates an artificial pleasure sensation. It does this by mimicking the chemicals that, without drugs, would send pleasurable impulses to the brain. The problem with extended use of meth is that the brain can no longer tell the difference between artificial and natural pleasure signals. This leads to a destruction of the brain’s natural survival instincts – as it becomes more and more reliant on the fast, “cheap” pleasure impulses sent by the meth. When the brain acts in this manner, dependence to the drug occurs.
When the amphetamines found in meth begin to work their way through the blood stream, it ignores natural chemical messengers associated with positive feelings. The meth user gets the positive feeling, but the brain and nervous system are being short-circuited in the process. Because the body is getting all these artificial good feelings, it shuts down its ability to created positive impulses naturally. When this occurs, the only way for the user to experience anything positive now comes through the use of the meth. This, again, is the process behind and the nature of meth addiction.
The first time an individual uses meth, they experience a very significant “high” off of the drug. This experience becomes hard-coded into the individual’s memory. Now, for the remainder of an individual’s addiction, the brain will be trying to capture the same positive feelings of this first usage. The problem is, NO experience is ever as intense as the first usage. The brain adapts to the drug almost immediately, which means it will require more and more meth each time to try and replicate the initial high. This leads to severe meth addiction as the body tries in vain to make each time like the first time.
Meth creates an artificial sense that “everything is OK”. After a time, the body ignores all other positive feelings except those being produced by the meth. At this point, little else begins to matter in the life of the addict except the meth. Joy attained via family, friends, work, or hobbies all fall by the wayside in favor of the experience the drug provides.
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