Methamphetamine is a really powerful addictive stimulant drug that has been categorized as a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substance Act in the U.S. Methamphetamine is rarely prescribed by doctors but when it is, it is usually for the treatment of ADHD. Abuse of this drug can cause long-lasting physical and psychological dependence for individuals.

Abuse of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine or simply Meth, is available as a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder. It can be taken orally, smoked, snorted, or mixed with water or alcohol and injected. The quickest way to get a high from meth is to smoke or inject it, which allows the drug to reach the brain and gives the user a sudden euphoria. The ‘trip’ or high usually doesn’t last for too long and the user is found wanting more in order to get the same feelings of joyfulness and elation. Meth abuse can lead to detrimental effects, hindering the user from daily life.

Meth Damage

Meth affects the brain by increasing dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure, motivation, tranquility and motor function. Long-term use of meth can easily turn into an addiction. People suffering from meth addiction may experience side effects such as anxiety, confusion, sleep disorders, irritation, and agitation. In some cases, abuse may lead to paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, delusion and a false sense of authority.


Meth Slang Names

Slang names for Meth include the following:

  • Crank: A popular slang term used for Meth on the streets and on the Internet. The origin of it can be traced to drug dealers carrying meth in their vehicle’s crank boxes.
  • Chalk: Because meth is similar in appearance to the white colored chalk, this is a popular and stealthy slang term used to refer to this drug.
  • Crystal: Meth is commonly available in the form tiny, clear crystals. That is why the street slang crystal became common to refer to meth.
  • Fire: This is a slang term used to refer to the process of smoking good quality crystal meth.
  • Glass: This is another street term used for meth because glass and crystal meth are similar in appearance.
  • Go Fast: The use of meth can make a person ‘rush’ his actions and emotions. This is probably why the slang term Go Fast was coined.
  • Ice: A very popular street and internet slang used for meth since meth crystals are similar in shape and appearance to ice.
  • Meth: The shorter version of Methamphetamine and a common slang term for the highly addictive substance.
  • Speed: The use of meth induces a sudden speed of thoughts and emotions in a person. Thus, speed became a common slang term used for methamphetamine.

Meth Addiction

A person suffering from long-term meth abuse should use the help of IntoTreatment who can analyze and detect the triggers of addiction and suggest an effective, long-lasting solution or therapy. Meth addiction can have long-lasting, negative effects. Consult with our trained professionals to get you or your loved one on the road to recovery.

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