Crystal Meth and Psychosis
Ever been so paranoid that you thought the FBI and SWAT were following you? Popstar Fergie had this experience while on crystal meth and it caused her to quit then and there.
“My rock bottom was….well, my brain had been playing a lot of tricks on me. I thought the FBI was after me. Your kind of living in this alternate reality. It’s very strange. And I started getting very paranoid. So, I went one day into this church and I thought the FBI and the SWAT teams were outside of the church. This is what the drug was telling me… So, obviously, I went outside the church – they kicked me out – and there was no SWAT team. There was no FBI. Just me. And God. And, I kept my promise. That day. That was it.”
Crystal meth is the well-known name for crystal methamphetamine which is a potent and extremely addictive drug that affects your central nervous system. This drug is a synthetic psychostimulant, which means it speeds up your brain function for a period.
Crystal meth is also known as meth, chalk, crank, speed, ice, and glass. While this drug is a party drug and most commonly seen around raves and nightclubs, it is illegally distributed almost everywhere.
Crystal meth is odorless and colorless and comes in little white crystals or shiny blue rocks. You can smoke it with glass pipes, swallow, snort, or inject it into your veins. The effects of this drug can last anywhere from 6 to 24 hours.
Shortly upon taking it, crystal meth quickly releases a powerful euphoria through a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine oversees your body’s reward system and affects your motor function, motivation, thought process, and how the brain experiences and interprets pleasure.
The phrase, “meth, not even once,” is an accurate statement, because it only takes one use to become addicted. Most users have reported becoming hooked on the drug after their first use.
From the start, this drug begins poisoning you through your central nervous system. Meth raises your body temperature so high that you can pass out, become comatose, or even die. Meth can also make you feel confused, anxious, and violent. It can also cause insomnia that lasts for days. You age faster, your skin loses its luster and you can develop skin lesions, and your teeth begin to rapidly deteriorate.
Since meth lowers your inhibitions, you are at higher risk to engage in activities that you would normally not. Unsafe sex is common under its influence leading to HIV/AIDS, but that is not the only way you can get it. This drug is commonly taken with a shared needle, also spreading HIV/AIDS.
Many other health conditions that may appear with meth use are memory loss, aggression, heart and brain damage, and other psychological problems and behaviors. Meth also decreases your appetite, burns up your body’s resources, and creates a crippling dependence on the drug.
If any of these symptoms do not cause you to worry, perhaps the paranoia and hallucinations might. You may begin to hear and see things that are not real, like insects crawling under your skin.
When you take crystal meth your body quickly starts to build a tolerance for the drug, you must take a higher dose to feel that same pleasurable effect again. On top of the tolerance is also an intense craving to take it and feel that way again. You physically need the rush.
Along with the higher doses and tolerance comes with higher health risks. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), “brain imaging studies on chronic abusers of methamphetamine abusers suggests that dopamine system activity changes in such a way that it can seriously compromise a person’s verbal learning and motor skills.”
When you repeatedly take meth in higher and higher doses it can create a condition known as methamphetamine psychosis. Psychosis itself is not a disease, but a symptom and in this case, it is caused using crystal meth. You will experience hallucinations and delusions of things not based, but to the person experiencing an episode it feels real. You may even hear voices narrating, speaking negatively, or repeating your thoughts.
After she got clean, Fergie commented on her recovery from crystal meth, “I was suffering from chemically induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating daily. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I’d just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny.”
You lose control over yourself, mind and body. It is not a question of if it destroys you, but when. Crystal meth addiction is one of the most complex addictions to treat, but there is hope. Breaking the addiction is hard, but worth it. You cannot do this alone; professionals are there to help you.
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