Methamphetamine abuse has become a national concern since it is ruining many lives. The drug is highly addictive and has serious effects on the user. You may wonder where this drug came from. The drug was initially introduced into the United States, as Amphetamine, in the early 30’s. It was used to clear the nose and was sold as an inhaler under the name Benzedrine.
After a short while, the drug was being used to treat sleep and brain disorders. The drug was found to have a stimulating effect on the user, and was used by people who needed to remain alert for long periods. It was even given to soldiers, to ensure that they remained alert during the Second World War. During this period, the derivatives of Amphetamine, namely Dextroamphetamine and Methamphetamine were produced. Methamphetamine was however found to have stronger effects on the Central Nervous System than amphetamine.
During the 1990’s, methamphetamine abuse increased drastically. This started out in the western United States and quickly spread to the rest of the country. It has become popular amongst the younger generation, and is used mainly for its euphoric effects. Crystal meth, a highly concentrated crystalline form of the drug, is sold to young users, especially at parties, to enhance the euphoria experienced at these parties.
This highly concentrated form is usually smoked and is highly addictive in this form. This addiction comes from the large amounts of Dopamine, the “pleasure” neurotransmitter, in the brain. Dopamine is the chemical that makes you experience happiness, or pleasure. The releases of high amounts of Dopamine lead to a reinforcement of the activity that produced the feeling, hence the addiction.
Methamphetamine abuse is associated with high risk behavior. It can lead to unnatural cravings for sex, and other pleasurable activities.
Side Effects to Methamphetamine
It is important that you read plenty of information about the origin and development of this drug, and the various ways in which it can affect your life.
If you have a methamphetamine abuse problem, you need to seek treatment 800-303-2482 immediately. The long-term effects of this drug can be dangerous. The Dopamine pathways of your brain may be affected permanently, affecting the way you feel pleasure. During treatment, the reason why you are abusing Methamphetamine becomes the primary focus. Without properly addressing this issue, you may end up relapsing even after completing the treatment.
The secondary focus is getting rid of the physical dependency of Methamphetamine. You will have to go through the popular 12 step rehabilitation program to recover effectively. You should also seek a support group of friends, family and other rehabilitated users, on whom to rely on, when you get any cravings for the drug. Stopping use and clearing the system is great, but it isn’t enough for a full recovery. Support systems are one really powerful tool to help with getting clean.