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Effects of Meth

Nov 20, 2012

Effects of Meth

Methamphetamine (also known as meth) is one of the most commonly used, fastest growing drugs in the world. Its low cost, availability, and ease of manufacturing aid the continuing problem. Like any addictive drug, the greatest risk associated with methamphetamine is developing a dependence. Once addiction has set in, it is very difficult to stop using it and the drug continues to take a toll on the user’s health.


The short-term effects of meth begin from the very first use. From cardiovascular problems to trouble sleeping, methamphetamine is very dangerous from the onset. The National Institute of Drug Abuse lists the short-term effects as follows:


  • Increased attention
  • Decreased fatigue
  • Increased activity and wakefulness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Euphoria and rush
  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid/irregular heartbeat
  • Hyperthermia


Compared to other stimulants, methamphetamine has a long-lasting effect and the feeling of increased energy can last up to twelve hours from one dose, though the feelings of euphoria can wear off much sooner. Because of this, continued use is common and a tolerance is quickly built up. More and more of the drug must be used to create the same effects and addiction soon follows. Continued use of methamphetamine has serious long-term consequences such as:


  • Addiction
  • Psychosis (paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive motor activity)
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Memory loss
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Mood disturbances
  • Severe dental problems
  • Weight loss


Some of the long-term effects of methamphetamine use are irreversible, particularly dental problems and brain damage. To minimize the long-term effects of meth, treatment should be sought as soon as possible to overcome addiction. Currently, there are no medications to help reverse the effects or break the addiction to methamphetamine, but entering a rehabilitation program that focuses on physical, emotional and spiritual healing is a very effective solution for those motivated to change.

Effects of Meth