Similar to heroin and cocaine, methamphetamines impart a feeling of happiness and well-being to the user. One important difference with meth is the effects last much longer than with the other drugs — eight to 24 hours. Methamphetamine is appealing to those suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses because it temporarily relieves them of their feelings of fear and worry. At our methamphetamine recovery program in Utah, we help struggling meth users beat their addiction to this dangerous drug.
What Are the Medical & Emotional Effects of Meth Addiction?
Although there are many dangerous side effects to using meth, including heart problems and changes to the brain, the most well-known — and easiest to spot — is “meth mouth.” Meth destroys teeth and gums, leaving users with decaying, discolored or missing teeth.
While it’s possible to eventually replace teeth, it’s harder to regain reliable brain function. One of the rewards of methamphetamine rehab has always been a return to health and wellness. But with rehab from meth, some symptoms can continue long after users stop using. These issues include trouble focusing, concentrating, remembers and controlling impulses. Problems in these areas can lead to difficulty holding a job, going to school and maintaining relationships.