“I started using crystal meth when I was a senior in high school. Before my first semester of college was up, meth became such a big problem that I had to drop out. I looked like I had chicken pox, from hours of staring at myself in the mirror and picking at myself. I spent all my time either doing meth, or trying to get it.”
The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life. Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs. It has many nicknames—meth, crank, chalk or speed being the most common. Meth has become an epidemic in the United States ranging in users as young as 12 years old. It is mostly commonly used as a "club drug" because of the high intensity rush the user first experiences when using the drug. Increasing the heart rate, releasing high amounts of dopamine to the pleasure sensors, and creating a state of euphoria. Making the user feel that everything is "perfect" and nothing is wrong. This feeling can last for up to 18 hours depending on the class of use.(Injecting, smoking, snorting, eating, drinking.) Since this drug is very addictive from the first time of use, the user will sustainably begin to use more and more trying to achieve that first euphoric feeling. During this process, the user becomes less and less aware of there deteriorating body and lack of care of self. Since methamphetamine burns up the bodies resources for nutrients, the body becomes dependent on the drug. Long term effects of meth can include loss of memory, arthritis, gum disease, teeth loss and schizophrenia.
Footprints of Serenity's Interventionists are trained and experienced in understanding the cognitive state of individuals who are suffering from this substance. Our staff will asses the proper level of care and refer placement to in-patient, out-patient or detox facilities that will suit you or your loved one. If you or someone you know is suffering from the use of methamphetamine or any other substance, our caring and compassionate team is ready to assist. Please call us at 213-80-SOBER or E-mail