Over the last few years, we have seen an alarming trend in speed and crystal meth abuse and growing numbers of users who seek treatment programs and rehab facilities to cure their Meth addiction. Meth or sometimes called as crystal meth is another name of Methamphetamine. Crystal methamphetamine is also known as crank, crystal, tweak, ice or glass among users. Methamphetamine is a psycho-stimulant drug which is able to increase focus, energy level, and awareness of the user. In high doses, Methamphetamine consumption could trigger euphoria, boost self-esteem and sexual behavior, to name a few.
Due to its ability to increase levels of serotonin and other catecholamine neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine, Methamphetamine is able to activate psychological reward system in the user’s brain. Hence, Methamphetamine has high risk for being abused and triggering addiction. Nonetheless, due to its potent ability to create a psychological effect in the brain, Methamphetamine is commonly used for treating Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) patients and people who suffer from obesity in the U.S.
Meth was first formulated in Japan in a late 19th century by a Japanese chemist Nagai Nagayoshi, and after almost another three decades following the first invention of Meth, Crystal Meth was formulated by Akira Ogata. Meth was widely used in the military during the Second World War to overcome depression and enhance military personnel’s’ focus and alertness. The German military as well as the Allied and Japanese forces all produced and used Meth throughout the war. Two decades after the Second World War, Meth was available in the market and still largely used and produced for recreational use. It was during the early 1980s that the government started to see the negative effects of Meth use and enacted legal restrictions, laws and acts prohibiting possession of Meth production equipment and Meth precursors, in order to curb growing number of Meth abuse, designer drugs and Meth production.
Users who consume Meth could suffer various physical and psychological effects that range from anorexia, aggression, blurred vision, irritability, paranoia, restlessness, hypertension, hypotension, tremors, convulsions, stroke, insomnia, to diaphoresis and death. The good news is nowadays many rehab facilities have been equipped with professional staff and developed technology to help a Meth addict to overcome his or her addiction. If you happen to have a friend or family member who suffers from Meth addiction, you may want to advise them to seek help in a rehab facility that offers Meth treatment program in a supportive environment. If the person lives in California you may want to help him/her by browsing around for reputable california meth rehab facilities that offer residential treatment program for maximum results.