Teen Meth Abuse
Meth (or Methamphetamine) is a very strong, extremely addictive stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system. It comes in a colorless, odorless, white powder substance that is usually either snorted, injected, smoked, or mixed into water and taken orally. Meth causes a high produced by a surge of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain associated with pleasure, reward, and also motor functioning. Thus, the rush of dopamine causes a sense of euphoria.
What It Looks Like
Many of the effects of meth can be similar to taking other stimulant drugs, such as cocaine. When teen meth abuse treatment is needed, the symptoms become more severe and can include, but are not limited to:
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased activity
- Decreased appetite
- Extreme weight loss
- Nose bleeds
- Aggressive/ Violent Behavior
- Severe dental problems
- Psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia and delusions
Teen meth abuse is frequently seen in teen girls who are anorexic, in order to try to help them lose weight faster. This can be an especially harmful and dangerous combination, causing them to lose weight too quickly and look skeleton-thin.
Teen Meth Abuse Treatment
The most successful teen meth abuse treatment involves an intensive, holistic treatment that involves physical, mental, and behavioral rehabilitation. Therapy involves first helping a person stop using the drug, while being monitored and supported for any adverse side effects caused from withdrawal. Then, therapists work with the teen individually, in small groups, and with family members, to create as strong a network of support as possible. This support can help the teen to make positive, lasting changes toward recovery.
Beyond just ending taking meth, therapy also helps the teen to address any other issues or factors that cause stress in life, and/or may have led to their initial use. With teen girls also suffering from an eating disorder, this aspect of therapy is crucial, in assuring that they’re also making steps to recover from the eating disorder, and not just the meth abuse.
Because meth is such an addictive substance with such severe negative effects, treatment is recommended to begin as soon as possible, to minimize any harm caused.
What if I only use it once in a while?
Meth is a very strong stimulant drug with serious negative effects, and therefore, using it all is putting yourself at risk for a number of things. Besides the obvious legal risks, you also have no control over when your brain might click into addiction-mode, and you will have a much bigger problem on your hands than you originally intended. In our opinion, using meth is abusing it.