What is crystal meth, and what types of meth are dangerous? If you or someone you love has a meth addiction, help is available. High-quality meth rehab in Laguna Beach is available.
Meth rehab at Oceanfront Recovery is a person-first affair. We recognize that most addictions exist as a symptom of deeper issues. We’re committed to plumbing those depths, healing the root causes of meth addiction, and treating its symptoms. Reach out to us at 877.296.7477 to get started.
What is Crystal Meth, and Why is it So Dangerous?
So, what exactly is crystal meth? Crystal meth, also known as ice or glass, is a type of methamphetamine. It is a powerful, highly addictive, synthetic stimulant that produces a short-lived euphoric high. It is colorless, odorless, and more potent than other forms of the drug. It resembles tiny shiny crystals or glass rocks and is often smoked or injected. The crystal meth high is euphoric; it is marked by increased alertness, enhanced sexual libido, incredible energy, and a feeling of invincibility.
A crystal meth high lasts 12 hours or more, making it more desirable than cocaine or other stimulants to many folks. It’s made in illegal labs with various synthetic ingredients, including cold medicine, and usually cut with other substances, including lithium metal and iodine, giving it the potential to be incredibly toxic.
Crystal meth is an especially dangerous incarnation of methamphetamine because, over a short period of time, a person’s tolerance will increase, causing them to need more and more to feel the same energized euphoria as they did in the first or second use. Methamphetamine interferes with the brain’s ability to produce dopamine. The central nervous system becomes dependent on meth very quickly, which leads to intense and painful withdrawal symptoms.
Understanding the Types of Meth
In its legal form, methamphetamine-based stimulants (still highly addictive) are prescribed to treat ADHD and help with weight loss. The three most common illegal forms are crystal meth, base, and speed.
Common street names for meth include:
- Hot Ice
- L.A. Glass
- Super Ice
In all its forms, whether smoked, shot up, or snorted, meth can be deadly even in the first few uses. Fortunately, meth rehab is highly effective and can help reverse the harmful effects of this addiction.
Reading the Signs of Meth Use
Some key signs of meth use are:
- Weakness, frailty in the body
- Quick and significant weight loss
- Sores or acne developing on the face
- Rotting teeth are also known as meth mouth
- Significant personality changes
- Frequent, intense scratching and digging at the skin
- Dropping skin
- Increasingly frequent illnesses
- Highs body temperature
- Problems with blood pressure
- Intensely increased sex drive
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Convulsions, tremors, or seizures
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Preoccupation or obsession with getting meth
- Lying, stealing, or unexplained disappearances
- Being unable to quit or reduce use
- Unprovoked explosions
If you or a loved one have been using meth, it’s vital to get help and speak with a professional immediately.
Live a Full Life After Meth with Oceanfront Recovery
A full and healthy life after meth is not only possible; it’s your right. And, together, we can make it happen. At Oceanfront Recovery, we’re committed to helping each client realize the potential of a life after meth and live their best life.
We’re a person-first, LGBTQ+-friendly recovery center dedicated to our clients’ privacy. We provide treatment in a luxurious and intimate boutique setting. Our residential center is cozy with all the amenities of home in addition to on-site yoga, acupuncture, and gym. Our support group sizes are small, allowing for an optimal client-to-staff ratio. We’re located in gorgeous downtown Laguna Beach, just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean.