If you’re not familiar with meth and meth addiction signs, stop right now. Seriously. Please, go ahead and read last week’s blog on meth addiction signs. And if you want to learn more about how we treat meth use disorder, click here to find out more!
In last week’s blog on meth addiction signs, we covered the basics of meth addiction. And two of the most common meth addiction signs. But this time, we can go beyond the basics and really begin to understand meth addiction signs. And we can answer the question you’re probably asking yourself, if you’re reading this article: Am I an addict?
Meth addiction signs: Beyond the basics
Meth mouth and malnutrition are undoubtedly the most famous and most obvious signs of meth addiction. And for good reason. Both meth mouth and malnutrition are impossible to miss. But they’re not the only signs of meth addiction. Today, in this blog, we’re going to talk about more signs than the ones that you can see from across the street. Meth changes you from the inside out. And because meth affects you in so many ways, we’re going to talk about how meth use affects your mind and personality.
Meth addiction signs: Personality changes
Meth does not affect the personality in any one way. Because meth affects you in different ways when you’re on it, compared to when you’re coming down from it. Meth’s highs and lows correspond directly to the emotional highs and lows that you can experience while struggling with methamphetamine use disorder. Here are some of the many ways that meth can change you from the inside out:
Meth Addiction Signs: Short term Personality Changes
- Agitation and Irritability: Meth use can lead to heightened agitation, irritability, and even aggression. Individuals might become more prone to angry outbursts and hostility.
- Anxiety and Paranoia: The first cousin’s of Agitation and Irritability. Prolonged methamphetamine use often results in skyrocketing anxiety levels and shattering interpersonal paranoia. Users may become extremely suspicious of others or believe they are being watched or persecuted. Relationships often suffer as people lose the ability to comprehend social cues. Or they misconstrue innocent gestures into sinister plots against them.
- Impulsivity and Risk-Taking Behavior: Meth can impair judgment and decision-making, leading to impulsive actions and engaging in risky behaviors that the person might not typically consider when sober.
- Mood Swings: As we’ve already established, meth addiction can cause significant mood swings. With individuals experiencing extreme highs followed by severe crashes. This volatility can result in rapid changes in emotions and behavior.
Long term changes in behavior
- Social Isolation: Addiction to methamphetamine can lead to social withdrawal as individuals prioritize drug use over relationships. They may distance themselves from family and friends, leading to isolation and loneliness.
- Deterioration of Personal Hygiene and Appearance: Meth addiction often leads to neglect of personal hygiene and appearance. Routines are hard to follow when you’re using meth regularly. Users may disregard grooming, or no longer have the time/money to maintain their appearance.
- Lack of Empathy: Chronic methamphetamine use can reduce an individual’s ability to empathize or understand the emotions of others. This lack of empathy can strain relationships and lead to social conflicts.
- Cognitive Impairment: Long-term methamphetamine abuse can result in cognitive impairments, affecting memory, attention, and overall cognitive function. This can lead to difficulties in learning, problem-solving, and processing information.
- Psychosis: In severe cases, prolonged methamphetamine abuse can induce psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. This can resemble mental illness and can even be mistaken for it. Although psychosis from meth is far easier to treat.
So…Am I an addict?
The question you may be asking yourself now is, am I an addict? And if you’ve noticed any of the signs in the last two blogs in yourself, you should definitely be asking yourself that question right now. But ultimately, there can only be one right answer: The label doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is whether or not your drug use is negatively impacting your life. Rehab isn’t about labels. It’s about changing your life. For better and for always.
Meth use (along with any kind of substance use disorder) changes you from the inside out. You might look into the mirror one day and not recognize yourself. Your friends and loved ones would probably agree. Drug use changes you. And not for the better. If you’re ready to get back to your old self, click on the link here, to start changing your life.
And you can. With ARIA.
If you recognize meth addiction signs and you’re ready to make a change, it’s time to get help now!
At the Addiction Recovery Institute of America, our addiction treatment specialists provide expert care for individuals who are struggling with substance use disorders. Our goal is simple: to provide each of our clients with the tools they need to achieve long-term recovery. When you enroll in any one of the programs at ARIA, you are committing to sobriety, right here in West Palm Beach, Florida.
We are dedicated to holding up our end of the bargain by designing individualized substance abuse treatment programs that serve each of our client’s individual needs. To get in contact, Call us at (844) 973 2611 or head over to our Contact Us page, fill out our information form and our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.