Metamphetamines (crystal meth)

Meth's full name, more commonly known as crystal meth, is methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug, similar to amphetamine. Meth provides a powerful euphoric feeling, noticeable for up to 16 hours after use. It is a highly addictive substance; users want the next dose very quickly.

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What is it?

Meth is a white, odorless, bitter crystal powder that dissolves easily in water or alcohol and is swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked. Meth is relatively cheap to make. A wide variety of chemicals including battery acid, ammonia and other toxic chemicals are used in its manufacture. Pure meth is a type of white powder, but it is rarely sold to users. The meth that is sold is mixed with toxic chemicals and is dark yellow or brown in color.

What does it do?

The effect of meth is that it stimulates the production of dopamine very strongly in the reward centers of your brain. This dopamine produces an intense feeling of euphoria, which is often described as a 'rush' or a 'kick' by users who smoke, snort, or spray. Long-term and chronic meth abuse drastically changes the way the brain works and how it functions. For example, the movement and speech skills decrease. Recent studies of chronic meth users have also shown major changes in the functional and structural part of the brain associated with the ability to feel emotions and remember things.

The effects of crystal meth

Even a small amount of meth can produce the same physical effects as cocaine or amphetamines, such as increased alertness, increased user's physical activity, decreased appetite, increased breathing, increased and irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature.

Meth addicts who cannot get their dose are notorious: they are known for their extremely aggressive and brutal behavior. They often have no sense of reasonableness, rational judgment or empathy left.

Health risks

Long-term meth abuse has many negative health consequences, such as extreme weight loss, severe dental and mouth problems, anxiety, confusion, insomnia, severe mood swings and aggressive behavior. Chronic meth users often exhibit a number of psychotic behaviors such as paranoia, hallucinations such as 'seeing things' and 'hearing voices' and delusions (for example, the idea that insects are crawling under your skin).

Meth users often infect each other with hepatitis and HIV. The effects of meth can impair judgment and remove inhibitions, causing users to quickly take irresponsible risks.

The withdrawal symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms peak after 2 to 3 days and subside after a week or ten days. Mild symptoms are mood swings and irritability. Feel like using again and sleep problems can last for weeks, while some ex-users can be depressed for days, weeks or even months.

Treatment of meth addiction at Castle Craig

Castle Craig has over 25 years of experience in drug and drug treatment alcohol addiction, such as the treatment of meth or methamphetamine addiction.

The first step of the treatment is an intensive one Detox. The patient is monitored by a nurse every four hours. The detox from meth is very tough and the drugs are administered for the first few days to make sure that the process is physically bearable.

In the Netherlands we work together with detox clinics.

Check the page about 'Our Addiction Care' to learn more about our various addiction programs.