Every individual is different and we experience everything differently. The way one-person experiences eating a banana may be a different experience for another. The same goes for using drugs and alcohol. The experience of smoking weed may feel and different from one person to another, therefore, having different experiences.
It is very difficult to explain how something feels if one hasn’t experienced it for themselves. Curiously is what a lot of us addicts lead us to try drugs in the first place. One of those drugs is a deadly and addictive stimulant known as methamphetamine.
How Dangerous is Methamphetamine?
One of the most dangerous and addictive drugs being used today is methamphetamine. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. It is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.
Other common names for methamphetamine include blue, crystal, ice, meth, and speed. It can be smoked, taken orally, snorted and injected, which is the most dangerous and addictive because of the intense “high” it creates. But what is that intense high? Why is this so alluring? What does injecting Meth feel like?
These are the main feelings that may be experienced when abusing meth:
1) The Rush— When you first inject Meth you will feel a rush within seconds. During the rush, your heartbeat races and metabolism, blood pressure and pulse soar. The rush from Meth can last up to thirty minutes or so.
2) The High— After the rush, the user will feel the “high”. This is when you feel “on top of the world”, confident, you are the best of the best. You may become augmentative and maybe violent. The high can last four to sixteen hours.
3) The Binge— Binging takes place after the high where the user tries to maintain the high by injecting more methamphetamine uncontrollably. The binge can last three to fifteen days. During the binge, the addict becomes hyperactive both mentally and physically. Each time the user injects more of the drug, he experiences another but smaller rush until, finally, there is no rush and no high.
4) Tweaking — A methamphetamine addict is most dangerous when going through a phase of the addiction called “tweaking” This is when the addict can no longer get high or a rush from using Meth. This is wear delusions set in and the user can become very dangerous to themselves and others. The addict will be unable to sleep for days and the potential for self-mutilation is high.
5) The Crash — The user then crashes because of the overwhelming effects on the body from the drug. This is where the user sleeps for long periods of time. The crash can last one to three days.
6) Meth Hangover — After crashing the addict is in a deteriorated state, starved, dehydrated and utterly exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally. This usually lasts from two to fourteen days. This leads to enforced addiction, as the “solution” to these feelings is to take more meth.
7) Withdrawal — Often thirty to ninety days can pass after the last drug use before the user realizes that he is in withdrawal. First, you become depressed, lose energy and the ability to experience pleasure. Then the craving for more methamphetamine hits, and you may become suicidal. Since meth withdrawal is extremely painful and difficult, most abusers revert; thus, 93% of those in traditional treatment return to abusing methamphetamine.
We Are Here to Help with Meth Addiction
This doesn’t have to be the case; at Garden State Treatment Center we can turn those statistics around starting with you. Located in the heart of Northern New Jersey, Garden State Treatment Center is an outpatient and partial care addiction treatment facility that offers nuanced levels of care for individuals struggling with the horrors of substance abuse. It is our explicit goal to help addicted clients rebuild their lives from the inside out and reintegrate themselves back into society.
The most important thing you can expect from your Garden State Treatment Center Treatment experience is that you will emerge from it transformed, stable, and ready to begin a lifetime of recovery.