Symptoms of methamphetamine
Stage 1: Low Intensity Use
Source: National Drug Intelligence
Center, US Dept of Justice
People who use meth in this stage are primarily adolescents, Housewives, and
Shift Workers. They do not necessarily become addicted to the drug, but use
the drug for the following desired effects:
Not all the users become addicted at this level, but with neuroadaptation
of the drug, and increased amounts consumed, toxic effects are experienced:
With the abstinence of meth, the following syndromes are common:
- Psychological disturbances
- Dangerous Weight Loss
- Severe Insomnia
- Decreased energy.
- Inability to experience pleasure, boredom: in contrast to the intense
euphoria of the drug experience, sharpens the users dissatisfaction with
the current state.
- "comes from within" or background craving, feelings of dysphoria.
- Immediate, catastrophic, overwhelming craving stimulated by objects,
persons, and situations associated with prior drug use.
Stage 2: Binge Use
- Weight Loss
Stage 3: High Intensity Use
- Extreme Weight Loss (50-100 lbs.)
- Sever Malnutrition
- Toxic Psychosis
- Sleep Deprivation
- Heart Failure
- As you can see, the binge cycles that are being experienced today are
truly terrifying, not only to the addicted user, but to all those who come
in contact with the user!
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