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.

Crystal MethThe 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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