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How Dangerous is Meth

Meth is one of the most potent and dangerous drugs in the world. Some of the other names for this drug are crank, chalk, ice, crystal, and speed. This drug often makes people feel temporarily alert or energetic. However, the sense is fleeting and temporary. After these effects wear off, the person often has a mental and/or physical breakdown in addition to severe cravings. People who continue to abuse this drug often develop an addiction to it and may experience many physical diseases, too. 

By understanding more about this dangerous drug, it can help you or your loved ones to stop using it. If you are ready to get over the addictive lifestyle, please reach out to our Southeast Addiction Center team today. We are ready to help you get into recovery. 

How Meth Destroys Lives

By using meth, your body and life can be destroyed in the following ways:

  • Has toxic chemicals that can destroy organs and other parts of your body
  • Highly addictive and difficult to quit using 
  • One dose can be deadly
  • Drug can lead to permanent physical and mental damage

Now that you know a bit more about how meth destroys lives, you can decide to start saving your life today. With the help of our addiction treatment center team and the services we have to offer, we can help you get your life back.

Learn About the Toxic Ingredients 

Meth is made from many toxic ingredients such as: 

  • Lithium
  • Red phosphorus
  • Ether
  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Acetone


Red phosphorus


Anhydrous ammonia


Each of these ingredients are hazardous to a person’s health. They are also found in flame retardants, plastic, synthetic dyes, fertilizer, nail polish remover and smoke bombs. When people ingest these chemicals, they can also cause a variety of issues. Some of these issues are:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Skin burns
  • Breathing issues
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye problems
  • Cancer

Some of these issues are reversible. While others might not be, there are still treatments that can help. 

Addictive Nature

Meth is one of the most addictive drugs. The potency of a drug is measured by its molecular formula and how much of it is in a certain amount of the substance. In terms of potency, it ranks near the top of all drugs in the world. Even smaller amounts of this drug can be enough to lead to a fatal reaction. It should also be noted that the potency of this drug raised from 92.1 to 96.9 between 2017 to 2018. 

Being that meth is highly potent, it is also highly addictive. There are some people that get addicted to methamphetamine in just one use. Other people may not develop an addiction immediately, but they may still have withdrawals and cravings when they quit using the drug. The stronger these issues are, the higher your risk of developing an addiction to meth. 

If you or someone you know already has an addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Southeast Addiction Center team. We have many treatment programs that can help you to overcome this type of addiction from outpatient to inpatient treatment. 

Having the Highs and Lows 

Using methamphetamine causes a euphoric, powerful high. The false sense of euphoria can make a person feel extremely energetic, empowered and confident. They may do things they would never do while not under the influence of this drug such as have risky sex, drive while under the influence of the drug and much more.

drive while under the influence of the drug and much more.

While the highs are one reason people become addicted to this drug so easily, the lows are, as well. The lows are generally referred to as an intense, powerful crash. When a person who is using this drug crashes, they may also experience diarrhea, intense itching, nausea and/or vomiting. They could also have convulsions which could cause death.

The severe highs and lows do cause damage to the person’s body. They also make the person more prone to schizophrenia, mood disorders and bipolar disorder. These mental health issues can further increase a person’s risk of developing an addiction to meth and a variety of other drugs or alcohol.

If you or someone you know needs help to quit using meth right now, we want you to reach out to Southeast Addiction Center today

Fatal Side Effects

Meth will stimulate the central nervous system which can cause a range of negative side effects, some of them are even fatal. Even though the drug does make people energetic and excited, having too high of a dose can be fatal. For example, someone who uses meth may have dangerously high blood pressure. Their body can overheat, as well. Some other potentially fatal issues that can happen when someone uses this drug include:

  • High heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks

If you are worried about these fatal side effects, you can get the help you need to stop using methamphetamine here today. There are different detox and treatment programs that can be of assistance to you. These programs can help to save your life. 

Permanent Health Damage 

If someone uses methamphetamine long-term, it can lead to permanent health damage cognitively, mentally and physically. Some of the permanent issues that can occur due to meth abuse include: 

  • High heart rate and blood pressure
  • Blood vessel damage in the brain
  • Premature aging 
  • Lung damage 
  • Kidney and liver damage 
  • Heart damage
  • Memory loss
  • Brain damage
  • Anxiety and depression 

Are you experiencing any of the issues just noted here today? Even if you are, you can still get help to overcome a meth addiction. There are also treatments to help manage these health issues, as well. The professionals here at Southeast Addiction Center are ready to help you work through the addiction and any of these or other issues today. 

Hard to Quit

Unfortunately, meth is one of the most difficult drugs to quit using. Similar to cocaine, meth is usually consumed in a binge-crash pattern. This type of use will trick the brain into believing it needs the drug to properly function. 

Meth also changes the structure of the brain and impairs the decision-making processes. This can lead someone to participating in harmful behaviors. Without receiving professional assistance, the withdrawal symptoms will most likely cause you to relapse and potentially have a fatal overdose. Some of the other issues that you may have to deal with that make it tough to quit using this drug include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive issues
  • Depression
  • Psychosis 

Luckily, you can get help from our professional treatment center staff to help you overcome a methamphetamine addiction. Even if you don’t believe you have an addiction to this drug, but just need some help to quit using it, our team can start helping you today. 

Get Treatment for a Meth Addiction Today

Here at Southeast Addiction Center, we have helped many people overcome a methamphetamine addiction. We know that the road to recovery can be a long, hard one, but hopefully with the help of our team, we can help you get your life back. 

Contact us today to get treatment for meth abuse or addiction today. 

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