Tag Archives: Methamphetamine

Tag Archives: Methamphetamine


Physical signs of methamphetamineAs the New York Times stated in February of 2018, methamphetamine may have taken a brief halt after Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Act back in 2005, but cartels have found a way to create a “new” methamphetamine that is pure and very low-cost. Steven Bell, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated,

“…They have perfected the production and manufacturing of methamphetamine…They have figured out the chemical reactions to get the best bang for their bucks.”

Methamphetamine addiction can cause a lot of physical harm to the body. One of the most commonly mentioned consequences of meth use is the damage it can cause to a person’s oral health. A 2016 study published in the journal BMC Oral Health sought to explore just how prevalent oral health concerns are among those with methamphetamine addiction. After assessing 100 individuals with the addiction, researchers compared their oral health to 100 other individuals without addiction. This is what they found:

  • 72% of individuals with meth addiction reported dry mouth
  • 68% of these individuals reported jaw clenching
  • 47% reported pain in the temporomandibular joint (two joints that connect the jawbone to the skull)

Dental erosions may also occur and many of these oral health concerns are what is called “meth mouth” by many. There are more concerns that oral health, however. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, chronic methamphetamine use can lead to significant weight loss as well as skin sores from itching – which often stem from the paranoia of meth that causes many people to think insects are “crawling” under the skin.

Some of the effects from methamphetamine addiction may become permanent, while others may have the ability to health and improve over time. Recovery is a lifelong process, but the sooner you or a loved one seeks help, the greater the chances of healing those physical, mental and spiritual wounds that addiction brings on.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

man with methamphetamine addictionThose with methamphetamine addiction may find difficulties with recognizing and predicting loss, as well as other efforts involved in decision making. Rita Goldstein, part of a research team that conducted a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience regarding how cocaine affects the brain, stated: “We see that everywhere, from basic survival – getting food and avoiding the poisonous stuff – to relationships and work in the modern world. If people cannot predict losses, their long-term planning…will be very different. This loss might be contributing a downward spiral in [those with addiction].”

In August of 2018, researchers from the University of California San Diego reviewed what has currently been done in our understanding of meth use and its effects on memory and learning thus far. The hippocampus in particular is a region of the brain that is responsible for memory storage, consolidation of memories and pulling long and short-term memories into recollection. When meth is used, an influx of dopamine (the “feel good” chemical), can actually alter the structure of the hippocampus as it stores memories of the substance and sparks cravings for it. As MethProject.org states, meth also affects the frontal lobe of the brain, which makes it more difficult for individuals to think rationally.

With such significant effects on the brain, can these damages be reversed?

It truly depends on the person and how severe their addiction is. The overall health of a person can definitely improve over time if recovery is maintained, but some functions may take a very long time (up to several years) or may not recover fully if the addiction was severe. If you or a loved one have battled meth addiction in the past, work towards recovery today. The sooner you begin the journey towards recovery, the sooner you can be on your way towards a healthier mind, body and spirit.


Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment

Your grades in high school were always a little on the low side. You never really knew why — you studied a lot and tried to pay attention in class, but most of the time things just didn’t stick. You worked hard, though, and got into a pretty good college, and you’ve been working hard there, too. Then, just before your sophomore final exams, your roommate got some Adderall and asked if you wanted any. They said it was great for helping you focus when you needed to cram for a test or write a paper.

Just this one time, you thought — but then, when you took the pill, it felt like a whole new world had opened up. You flew through your 10-page essay; not only was it suddenly so much easier to write, but for once you were fascinated by that boring history topic your professor assigned. Maybe you’ve had ADD this whole time, you think. Should you go to the school’s health center and talk to them about it? Then you might have to admit that you took Adderall, though. And you’d have to tell your parents, who you’ve heard talking about how they think society is overmedicated, blah blah blah. So you get the number of your roommate’s dealer instead. And it’s awesome — your grades are improving, you’re sleeping more because you’re spending less time on your assignments, and you feel happier and friendlier when you take it before you go to parties. 

Then your dealer moves out of state. You ask around, and someone says they know a guy who might have something. But when you text him, he says all he’s got is some crystal meth — which freaks you out at first, but he can put it in a pill capsule, and he says it’s an amphetamine which is basically Adderall. It’s more expensive, but you haven’t had any Adderall in a few days, and you’re starting to feel sort of anxious and sick, so you go for it. And just like the first time you took Adderall, you feel like a whole new world has opened up. 

Crystal meth addiction brings to mind a stereotypical “addict” — someone who looks unkempt, too thin and desperate for drugs. Meth is synonymous with serious drug use; people who are addicted to meth have probably abused a lot of drugs, and have probably been using meth for a long time. But meth abuse is more common than you might think, and it can happen to people who didn’t intend to use hard drugs just for thrills. But no matter what the reasoning for using meth, once the first step toward meth use is taken it’s very difficult to turn back. Crystal meth creates intense cravings, and over time, physical dependence can compromise your ability to stop using the drug voluntarily. That’s why receiving crystal meth treatment through an accredited chemical dependency treatment center is so vital. If you are using meth or you think that a loved one might be, you should reach out for professional help right away.

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