Our expert says:
Meth is toxic to the brain, it depletes the brain's neurotransmitters causing severe side effects when stopping (like severe depression). Fortunately, some of the effects of chronic methamphetamine abuse appear to be, at least partially, reversible. A recent scan study showed recovery in some brain regions following prolonged abstinence (>2 years). This was associated with improved performance in memory tests. However, function in other brain regions did not display recovery even after 2 years of abstinence, indicating that some methamphetamine-induced changes are very long-lasting. Moreover, the increased risk of stroke from the abuse of methamphetamine can lead to irreversible damage to the brain.
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