How do I know if someone is using methamphetamine?
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.”
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:
- Bloodshot eyes,
- Dilated pupils,
- Constant sniffing,
- Injection marks,
- Changes in physical appearance – gaining or losing weight in a short period of time or visible sores on the body
- 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.
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.
- Meth facts from DrugAbuse.gov
- More Information about Meth from DrugAbuse.gov
- Tips for Teens about Meth