The Devastating Effects Of Meth

by AdamS on August 7, 2012

Methamphetamine, most notoriously known as meth, is one of the most addictive substances on the market. It is an addiction so insidious, that once you have used it just one time, you have put yourself at risk of being enslaved to it until death. If you or someone you care about is addicted to meth and you want to find treatment, go to to find help. There is rarely such thing as a “moderate meth user,” and even if the individual wanted to quit using it, the withdrawal symptoms can be so painful that death can seem like a better option. The side effects are so debilitating that addicts look completely different than they did before they started using; sometimes unrecognizable. The following are reasons why.

Meth Mouth

One way that meth can damage your body is through severe tooth decay and dental disease. This homemade substance dries up the salivary glands and reduces the healthy bacteria in the mouth which allows acid and bacteria to build up in the mouth and rot gums and teeth. Blood vessels are also caused to shrink which decreases the blood flow that is necessary for teeth to stay alive and for the gums to remain healthy. Along with habitual grinding of teeth, poor hygiene and diet, teeth literally begin to disintegrate.

Crank Bugs

Meth abusers often become subject to various forms of delusion. A “crank bug” is the name given to the manifestation of a delusion that a meth addict has when they are convinced that they have bugs crawling under their skin. Addicts will then obsessively pick at their skin and try to cut the insects out. The medical term for this delusion is “formication,” and is applied to instances of hallucination that create sensations of itching, burning, tingling and sometimes even pain.

Heart Problems

Excessive use of methamphetamine can keep the heart from pumping blood effectively. A weak heart cannot pump blood from the lungs causing pressure to increase from the heart to the vessels in the lungs. When this happens, fluid begins to fill the small air sacs in the lungs and makes the individual feel like they are drowning. Various bacterial infections can be caused by injecting meth with dirty needles can cause inflammation of the linings of the heart which causes risk of arrhythmia, palpitations and heart failure is multiplied for a meth addict.


Meth is one of the most addictive substances on the market. The first high that an individual experiences is nearly impossible to duplicate and it is the same for every high after that; leaving the individual needing to use more while unable to capture the euphoria of the first high. When the high wears off, cravings ensue that are so powerful that recovering addicts say they feel cravings years after their last fix.

The effects of a methamphetamine addiction are devastating and grotesque. There is a lot to lose when it comes to this horrific substance and the side effects discussed cannot even begin to explain all the ways that it can ruin your life. If you or someone you know is using meth, there are many drug rehab facilities that specialize in the treatment of meth addiction; find help before it is too late. Go to
for more information on how to get your life back on track.

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