Meth Use - Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Use

May 21, 2018

How do I know if someone is using methamphetamine? 

Meth Use - Signs and Symptoms

What is Methamphetamine / Meth?

Methamphetamine, or “Meth,” is an illegal stimulant drug in the same class as cocaine and other street drugs. It is usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or pill, but can also be smoked or injected by needle. Methamphetamine is highly addictive. Some nicknames include – meth, crank, chalk or speed.

“Most people who use meth develop a strong desire for continued use because of euphoric feeling. People experience a rush of confidence, hyper activeness, energy and happiness.”

SOURCE: Drug-Free World 

“Because the ‘high’ from the drug both starts and fades quickly, people often take repeated doses in a ‘binge and crash’ pattern.”

SOURCE: NIDA (National Institute on Drug Use)

Different drugs have different physical and emotional effects. Be aware of the common symptoms listed above if you are suspicious a loved one may be using meth. Here are some warning signs of methamphetamine abuse or methamphetamine addiction:

Physical Changes

  • Bloodshot eyes,
  • Dilated pupils,
  • Constant sniffing,
  • Itching,
  • Injection marks,
  • Changes in physical appearance – gaining or losing weight in a short period of time or visible sores on the body 

Behavioral Changes

  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Isolation, withdrawal, and secrets
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Visits from familiar or unfamiliar people at random times of the day or night for short periods of time (this may mean a buy/sell is occurring)

LRADAC provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs for individuals struggling with methamphetamine abuse.

LRADAC  Treatment Programs

If you are worried about a loved one who may be suffering from methamphetamine abuse, don’t hesitate to call LRADAC at (803) 726-9300.


LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.