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  1. What is Methamphetamine?

  2. Meth Addiction Signs & Symptoms

  3. Physiological Side Effects

What is methamphetamine?

Crystal Methamphetamine Courtesy of FBI

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Crystal meth belongs to a large class of drugs: methamphetamines. While some methamphetamines have legitimate therapeutic value for conditions such as attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy (hence, a Schedule II classification under the Controlled Substances Act), crystal meth is an illicit drug produced in underground meth labs.

Street level crystal meth is typically the chemical known as d-methamphetamine HCI. Crystal meth, as its name connotes, is crystalline in form. The crystals can be crushed and consumed orally, smoked, snorted, or injected.

The drug is structurally similar to amphetamine, a drug commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder in which the person diagnosed has a tendency to fall asleep throughout the day.                  

Common street names for methamphetamine include ice, rice, chalk, crank, crystal, ice, meth, go, Christina, and speed.

Methamphetamine also comes in a legally prescribed version, called Desoxyn.  The Desoxyn tablets are generally prescripted to produce a stabilizing effect in children over 6 years of age with a behavioral syndrome characterized by the following group of developmentally inappropriate symptoms: moderate to severe distractibility, short attention span, hyperactivity, emotional lability, and impulsivity.  Desoxyn is obviously prescribed in significantly lower doses that what is typically used by a meth addict.  

Meth Addiction Signs & Use Symptoms

The following attributes may be signs that a loved one, coworker, friend, or family member may be struggling with methamphetamine addiction.  The more of these attributes noticed, the greater the chances of the attributes being meth addiction signs.

Obvious /  Warning Signs

These meth addiction signs indicate a very high probability that there may  be a meth addiction issue.

  • Use or possession of paraphernalia including small spoons, razor blades, mirror, little bottles or baggies of white powder and plastic, glass or metal straws
glass meth pipe

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  • Testing positive for methamphetamine in a urine or saliva drug test


Behavioral Signs

  • Difficulty sitting still
  • Lack of interest in food or sleep
  • Irritability
  • Argumentative
  • Nervousness
  • Talkative, but conversation often lacks continuity; changes subject rapidly
  • Decreased appetite for sustained period of time
  • MA users may also be prone to becoming violent or engaging in risky sexual behavior
  • Frequent lip licking
  • Excessive activity
  • Increased wakefulness
  • Financial Problems
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • mental confusion
  • irritability and aggression
  • Once the effects subside, users usually experience extreme fatigue leading to prolonged and disturbed sleep, which can in turn lead to irritability and depression

Signs of Meth Addiction | Tweaker Look

This is a common look for a methamphetamine addict but not everybody has this severe of a physical appearance breakdown. If you or your loved one is battling meth addiction, seek help today and call us at (855) 837-0549.

Physical Signs

  • Rotting teeth
  • Extremely dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth and nose
  • Bad breath
  • Weight Loss
  • A runny nose, cold or chronic sinus/nasal problems
  • nose bleeds
  • Abnormal general sense of well-being
  • cardiovascular collapse

Detectable Signs (Under Doctor Supervision)

  • hyperthermia, which can cause convulsions
  • increased body temperature
  • increased heart rate and respiration

Physiological Meth Addiction Side Effects

Meth Induced Psychosis

The National Institute of Drug Abuse explains that methamphetamine has a tendency to bring about psychosis in many patients. Meth addicts may experience euphoria and hallucinations that have a tendency to bring about psychosis.  Many meth addicts report having visual and audio hallucinations as a result of using the drug.  Meth users also have a tendency to experience hallucinations of bugs crawling on their skin, making the addict relentlessly scratch and pick at themselves, resulting in sores all over their bodies.   


A standout amongst the most serious and unsafe mental reactions of meth utilize is known as “tweaking.” Tweaking occurs when an individual utilizing meth has not rested for three to 15 days, bringing about disarray, touchiness and suspicion. Tweakers may seem typical from a separation. Upon more intensive look, many meth addicts may have rapidly moving eyes and may talk in a fast and confounded way. Tweakers may likewise have jerky real developments. The Center for Substance Abuse and Research at the University of Maryland clarifies that tweaking more often than not comes to fruition as a meth addict searches out more methamphetamine trying to reach their first high. The failure in the addict’s ability to accomplish this brings about dissatisfaction and outrage and can prompt vicious, awkward conduct. Meth clients in the tweaking state are more inclined to criminal conduct and are additionally more inclined to steal, rob, lie, and cheat in order to obtain their next fix.  

If you or a loved one are showing signs of methamphetamine addiction, call one of our drug addiction treatment specialists now.  Our specialists are available 24/7 and can help you determine the best course of action.  Contact us or call us now at (855) 837-0549.


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