Crystal meth is a highly addictive stimulant drug that is often created in hidden kitchens and labs tucked away in every part of the country.
Every part of this drug– from its production to the results of abuse and addiction– is toxic and damaging to the person as well as his or her family members and the community at large. Here’s what happens when people continue to live with crystal meth addiction.
Risks of Crystal Meth Abuse and Addiction
Crystal meth affects the body and brain significantly. Crystal meth addiction affects the entire life of the person who uses it– the risks of avoiding treatment can touch almost every part of a person’s experience. These risks include:
- Health problems. Crystal meth damages blood vessels in the brain, which quickly leads to stroke. Increased heart rate and blood pressure caused by the drug exacerbate the problem. Heart lining inflammation, overdose, convulsions, and other issues can result, including death.
- Mental health issues. Violent or aggressive behavior, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, insomnia, confusion and other mental wellness issues result when the drug is used and when addiction is present. In some cases, these issues may lead to harm to self or others.
- Chronic disease. Those who use needles to inject crystal meth open themselves up to contracting HIV, Hepatitis C, and other viruses. Infections of the blood and heart lining are also highly possible.
- Financial problems. Even though many patients start out taking crystal meth in order to enhance their abilities at work or school, many end up falling off in both areas when addiction takes over. The cost of missed work adds up, and then the risk of arrest or jail time compounds financial issues significantly.
- Interpersonal issues. Relationships with significant others, close family members and friends can suffer serious consequences when crystal meth addiction takes hold.
Meth Labs Makes Crystal Meth Even More Dangerous
Crystal meth is made with common household cleaners and easy to obtain chemicals– all of which are toxic. Because the methods of production for an illegal drug are not regulated, the storage of these chemicals as well as the disposal of waste associated with the process is unregulated as well.
In fact, for every pound of crystal meth produced, six pounds of toxic waste is produced, too. This means that the ground water is affected when the waste is disposed of improperly.
Additionally, the chemicals as well as the vapors and fumes created in the production of crystal meth are highly flammable. Fires and explosions are very common– a threat to those in the meth lab as well as neighbors and anyone else in the vicinity. Toxic fumes from meth fires or explosions are lethal.
Get Help Today
If crystal meth addiction is a problem for you or someone you care about, contact us at Michael’s House today. We can help you to enroll in a treatment program that will help you to heal and move forward in life without addiction.