This article is written for people addicted to methamphetamine (and loved ones of meth amphetamine addicts) to show specifically:
- How meth amphetamine changes your physical, psychological and mental health in ways that make it very hard for you to stay clean.
- Why you probably need addiction treatment and how addiction treatment helps you to overcome the mental, psychological and physical consequences of your addiction.
Why Is Methamphetamine So Addictive?
- When you take meth your brain gets flooded with dopamine. Meth causes the release of extra dopamine and it also blocks the reuptake (or cleanup) of dopamine in the synaptic clefts between neurons. This causes a long and very pleasurable high.
- With repeated use your brain adapts and you start needing more and more meth to get the same effects (tolerance)
- With repeated use (and especially as you start using larger quantities) you start to deplete dopamine and certain other neurotransmitters in your brain.
- Once you have depleted your normal levels of dopamine and your brain has adapted to expect massive levels of dopamine, stopping becomes quite difficult. As your dopamine levels fall after use you experience very strong cravings and negative feelings, like depression and an inability to experience pleasure.
This combination of very strong cravings and very harsh effects when in initial withdrawal make meth amphetamine a very addictive substance.
And unfortunately, though the cravings are hard to beat, the way meth changes your physical, mental and psychological health exacerbates the situation and makes quitting for good all that much tougher.
Mental Consequences of Methamphetamine Addiction
Heavy meth amphetamine use causes cognitive deficits (it limits your ability to think clearly). While using meth amphetamine you’ll likely experience a diminished ability to:
- Learn new skills and information
- Recall information
- Make inferences
- Manipulate existing information (abstract thinking)
- Ignore irrelevant information
- Recognize and recall words
- Recognize and recall pictures and images
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