It’s important to understand the difference between methamphetamine and crystal meth. Methamphetamine is a Schedule II synthetic drug. On the other hand, crystal meth is a highly purified form of methamphetamine that is created specifically for illicit use. The intense stimulant effects of crystal meth, its extreme addictiveness, and the fact that it is easy to manufacture out of common ingredients may have something to do with the fact that rates of crystal meth abuse continue to rise. Therefore, keep in mind that meth addiction treatment is the safest way to begin your recovery.
Reach out to Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC) to get answers to questions about meth use and recovery.
What is Crystal Meth? (and Other FAQs)
Crystal meth can be synthesized in kitchen labs using common, easily-acquired ingredients. Some of the most commonly asked questions about this drug are answered below.
- Is chemically similar to a prescription form of methamphetamine used to treat ADHD and other disorders
- Looks like shiny chips of mica or glass
- Is usually smoked in glass pipes but can also be injected
- Due to its purity, produces longer-lasting euphoric effects — up to 12 hours — than other forms of meth
- Interferes with the brain’s chemistry and the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine
- Is abused by people of all ages and demographics
- Can have lasting effects on the brain and certain body systems
- Is more widely used than powdered meth
- Is gaining popularity among high school-aged adolescents
- Goes by numerous street names, including blade, LA glass, batu, quartz, vidrio, shabu, shards, stove top, and super ice
Meth is considered one of the most damaging and dangerous drugs out there. If you or someone you care about struggles with crystal meth abuse, please seek help. PAATC can help. Call 844.442.8673 today.
Risks of Crystal Meth Abuse and Addiction
The risks of meth are significant. While using meth, you may not recognize that symptoms are developing. The changes to your body’s systems can happen quickly and within just a few weeks, you can become visibly weak and feel ill when not using meth. Some of the physical risks of crystal meth abuse are listed below:
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Damage to small blood vessels in the brain
- Inflammation of the lining of the heart
- Hyperthermia (overheating)
Behavioral and psychological signs of meth addiction include:
- Panic attacks
- Sleep disturbances
Both physical and psychological effects can last for months or even years beyond the cessation of drug use. Changes in the brain can negatively affect motor skills, memory, and learning. They can also result in impaired judgment and impulse control. As you enter recovery from crystal meth abuse, be aware that the road may be long, but beginning the journey now will enable you to live a healthy, drug-free life.
Let PAATC Help in Our Meth Addiction Treatment Center
At PAATC, we offer long- and short-term inpatient and outpatient treatment options, as well as faith-based treatment. We have a leading-edge, medically supervised detox center to help you rid your body of all remnants of meth in complete safety prior to rehab. Our evidence-based therapies and programs, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), peer support programs, and family therapy, provide you with the structure, safety, and support you need to begin recovery from crystal meth addiction.
You will have a team of clinicians and addiction experts working for and with you. They will create an individualized treatment plan based on your personal drug, medical, and psychiatric history, as well as your needs and goals. You don’t have to do this alone. Let PAATC help. Reach us today by completing this easy online form or calling 844.442.8673.