Our expert says:
Methamphetamine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. The drug works directly on the brain and spinal cord by interfering with normal neurotransmission. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances naturally produced within nerve cells used to communicate with each other and send messages to influence and regulate our thinking and all other systems throughout the body.
Use can produce chest pain and hypertension which can result in cardiovascular collapse and death. In addition, methamphetamine causes accelerated heartbeat, elevated blood pressure and can cause irreversible damage to blood vessels in the brain.
Symptoms of prolonged meth abuse can resemble those of schizophrenia and are characterized by anger, panic, paranoia, auditory and visual hallucinations, repetitive behavior patterns, and formication (delusions of parasites or insects on the skin). Methamphetamine-induced paranoia can result in homicidal or suicidal thoughts.
Other symptoms include fatal kidney and lung disorders, brain damage, liver damage, blood clots, chronic depression, hallucinations, violent and aggressive behavior, malnutrition, disturbed personality development, deficient immune system, and methamphetamine psychosis, a mental disorder that may be paranoid psychosis or may mimic schizophrenia.
The severity and length of withdrawal symptoms vary with the amount of damage done to the normal reward system through methamphetamine use. The most common symptoms are: drug craving, extreme irritability, loss of energy, depression, fearfulness, excessive drowsiness or difficulty in sleeping, shaking, nausea, palpitations, sweating, hyperventilation, and increased appetite.
Now, let's get to the point. You've obviously tried to stop before, but failed. This is because your drug of choice is highly, highly addictive.
The longer you wait before you stop, the more difficult it's gong to become to lead a normal life again.
You will need group and individual therapy or counselling and you can start by joining a Narcotics Anonymous group in your area.
Google them for directions. The next step is to consider treatment options, as it's not going to be easy doing this on your own.
There are various treatment options available and to find out more about this, you can email Ruby on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don't wait with this, or bargain any longer. Act swiftly and quickly, before you become a vegetable or kill yourself.
You can also phone 021 790 7779 and ask for Ruby.
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