Meth Abuse & Addiction in Ohio
While residents in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus as well as towns and cities all across Ohio and America are focused on the opiate epidemic, there are other substances that are continuing to destroy the lives of individuals and families all throughout Ohio. One of these substances is crystal meth.
Crystal meth is often referred to as simply meth, which is short for methamphetamine. Meth continues to be a big issue for people all over the state of Ohio. Let’s take a look at an overview of meth addiction and meth abuse in Ohio.
Understanding Meth Abuse
Crystal meth or meth is a methamphetamine. It is in the form of a crystalline drug, which can be injected, snorted or smoked. In some cases, people may also take it orally. When a person uses meth, they will experience an intense high. Using the drug can create a sense of pleasure, happiness and euphoria. Many people also experience a loss of appetite.
Typically, when someone takes meth, the effects will last for six to eight hours. In some cases, the effects of the drug can last for up to 24 hours. This drug is incredibly dangerous, which is why it is illegal, and it can do serious damage to the user’s body and mind.
People who are having issues with meth abuse will often experience psychotic episodes, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and severe aggression. It can also lead to major damage that is done to vital organs like the heart and brain. It can also change the appearance of those who are abusing it, which can make them unrecognizable.
Meth is a stimulant, and in many cases, it is mixed with other toxins and chemicals. This is one of the reasons it can destroy a person from the inside out.
Meth Addiction in Ohio
Meth is incredibly addictive. It’s extremely rare that someone would use the drug recreationally once and not become addicted to the drug. When someone uses meth for the first time and gets that initial rush of euphoria and energy, it’s difficult to not use the drug again. Substances that act powerfully and quickly are typically the most addictive. Meth happens to fall into both categories.
When a person uses meth, it will release chemicals in that person’s brain that will make them feel good. It does this at extreme levels. When the drug wears off, the user’s brain is depleted of serotonin and dopamine, which can cause the person to feel anxious and depressed. Many people use meth again to combat these feelings, which is why people often go on meth binges for days at a time.
While meth is extremely psychologically addictive, it is not as physically addictive as some other drugs. This means that while there can be some withdrawal symptoms like restlessness, irritability, depression and insomnia, it’s not dangerous or life threatening like the withdrawal from other drugs like benzodiazepines or alcohol.
The psychological withdrawal symptoms, however, can be extremely intense. People who are stopping meth will often experience suicidal thoughts, paranoia, psychosis and hallucinations. These withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks or longer.
Those who are suffering from meth addiction can suffer severe health problems. For example, meth abuse can lead to extreme dental issues that can lead to the loss of teeth and/or abscess teeth. Meth addiction can also lead to heart issues because it puts so much stress on the heart. Someone who has issues with meth abuses can become violent, psychotic, aggressive and paranoid.
If you live in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus or any other city in Ohio and you have issues with meth addiction, it’s important that you seek treatment as soon as possible. The Recovery Village Columbus is an excellent option for meth addiction treatment in Ohio.
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