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How Is Methamphetamine Used?

 

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Is there a difference between the euphoria one feels from taking heroin and meth?

  • A shot of heroin has a relatively short half-life of 30 minutes.
  • Taking this drug can make you feel a fast cycle between extreme highs and distressing lows.
  • Contrary to heroin, methadone acts longer and less potent because of its 22-hour half-life.Methadone is considered beneficial in the severe withdrawal symptoms management associated with heroin and some other opioids.
  • Controlled methadone is used in a methadone clinic.
  • Even though methadone is specified as opiate addiction medical management drug, it is still more likely to be abused leading to addiction.

Methamphetamine increases the amount of the natural chemical dopamine in your brain.

The dopamine is involved in your body’s movement, drive, pleasure, and reward such as pleasure from natural behaviors like eating. The drug’s ability to release big loads of dopamine in the brain’s reward areas is what causes the “flash” sensations.

Even if you only take minute dosages of methamphetamine, it still can produce the same health manifestations as those of other prescription stimulants, such as amphetamines and cocaines, which include:

  • Increased wakefulness and physical activity.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Faster breathing.
  • Irregularly rapid heartbeat.
  • Increased blood pressure and body temperature.

Methamphetamine can be smoked, injected, swallowed, or snorted.

Recently, the most widely recognized technique for mishandling methamphetamine is through smoking, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Community Epidemiology Work Group Data. However, the method of use of methamphetamine can shift by geographic area according to experts.

If you are the type of person who goes for the biggest and quickest rush effect, you would prefer injecting or smoking meth. Snorting meth can also keep its effects for three to five minutes, while oral ingestion can give you the boost for up to 15 to 20 minutes. Snorting and oral ingestion are not as intense as injecting or smoking as its effects can give you a euphoric high that can stay in your system for only a few minutes.

A number of methamphetamine abusers use the drug through  “binge and crash pattern.”

The pattern refers to the weakening effect of methamphetamine before the drug level in the bloodstream is significantly reduced. Some attempt to keep up with the high effect through taking a greater amount of the drug. A few of them, however, go on a “run” that is a type of a binge taking during which they do not sleep or eat for up to a few days.

Using meth incessantly can bring changes in your cerebrum. People around you like your family and friends may notice differences in your behavior because of your drug abuse. You may also experience issues with your cognitive as well as emotional reaction.

Methamphetamine manifests psychosis and symptoms akin to schizophrenia.

Crystal methamphetamine psychosis is characterized by paranoia and hallucinations both in visual and hearing, including the material fantasy of bugs slithering underneath the skin. When these behavioral indications of crystal methamphetamine addiction are evident in someone you know, look for immediate professional treatment.