Crystal Meth Addiction
Crystal methamphetamine typically resembles small fragments of glass. Like powdered methamphetamine (another form of d-methamphetamine), crystal methamphetamine is used by people because of the long-lasting euphoric effects it produces. Crystal methamphetamine, however, typically has a higher purity level and may produce even longer-lasting and more intense physiological effects than the powdered form of the drug methamphetamine. Crystal Meth is essentially the same thing as Methamphetamine but just a bit more pure, and is commonly known as “glass” or “ice.” Crystal Meth is often smoked instead of snorted.
Individuals who use crystal methamphetamine will often display behavior that is paranoid, anxious, and confused. All amphetamines, but particularly the higher concentrated doses of the drug such as methamphetamine and crystal meth, can produce amphetamine psychosis. Amphetamine psychosis mimics the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. In fact, many researchers are studying amphetamine psychosis to gain insight into paranoid schizophrenia because the two are so identical. The only difference between paranoid schizophrenia and amphetamine psychosis is that amphetamine psychosis usually dissipates after cessation of the drug. But, psychotic symptoms can persist for months or even years after an individual has stopped using methamphetamine and sometimes people never fully recover.
Crystal Meth addiction can be overcome with treatment at National Therapeutic Services. Long-term inpatient treatment is suggested for Crystal Meth addicts. Sometimes Crystal Meth addicts need up to a year of inpatient treatment to fully recover. If you or a loved one suffers from Crystal Meth addiction please call us for suggestions about what to do.