Many people try meth for a variety of reasons. However, they go back to it for only one thing: they like how it makes them feel.
Meth has long attracted and magnetized users of all ages, social status, gender, and culture all over the world because of the feel-good effect it brings the users. They would describe the feeling as a sudden rush of pleasure that lasts for several minutes, then a feeling of euphoria that can last from six to twelve hours.
Simply put, it’s very easy to get hooked on meth, especially because it is almost everywhere here in our country, and can be obtained at a relatively cheap price. However, unknown to many, the real price of meth happens within their minds and bodies, as well as their families and communities. Let’s take a look at the long-term and short-term effects that this drug, also known as shabu, brings.
After that first “hit” meth almost instantaneously creates a false sense of well-being, energy, and confidence. You may often feel so strong and uninhibited that you will push your body beyond the limits that it can normally go. Afterwards, you will experience a severe “crash” which is a physical and mental breakdown as meth’s effects wear off.
Meth decreases your body’s perception or feelings of hunger, sleepiness, and exhaustion. he following are the short-term effects of meth:
Loss of appetite
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
- Dilation of pupils
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
- Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
- Panic and psychosis
- Convulsions, seizures and death from high doses
In the long-run, meth can cause irreversible damage to the brain and the body of meth users, which can be obvious on their appearance. The following are the long-term effects:
- Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain, high blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
- Liver, kidney and lung damage
- Destruction of tissues in nose if sniffed
- Respiratory (breathing) problems if smoked
- Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
- Malnutrition, weight loss
- Severe tooth decay (meth mouth)
- Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
- Strong psychological dependence
- Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy
Meth can cause a lot of harm to your loved one’s health, family, relationships, career, and many other aspects of his or her life. If you know your loved one is abusing meth or shabu, seek help now, before it’s too late.