Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal meth or methamphetamine is a highly addictive psycho-stimulant that produces intense feelings of euphoria and activity in the user. Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects on the central nervous system. Crystal meth is a white, odourless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Meth is made of highly volatile, toxic substances that are melded in differing combinations, forming what some have described as a "mix of laundry detergent and lighter fluid."

How is Crystal Meth Abused?

Crystal meth addicts choose a number of ways to use the drug. Meth can be snorted, smoked through a pipe or injected intravenously.

How is Crystal Meth Made?

Methamphetamines can be produced virtually anywhere and is made from a simple recipe that can be found online. Meth production takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Many motel rooms, trailer parks, and suburban homes are turned into "meth" labs producing substantial quantities of the drug.

In order to make methamphetamines, ephedrine and hydriotic acid are required. These two components are tightly controlled in the United States. Making meth is dangerous and sometimes even deadly. Producing meth creates large amounts of highly toxic waste and a danger of explosion or fire is always prevalent.

Crystal Meth Street Names

  • Speed
  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Crank
  • Ice
  • Glass
  • Tweak
  • Fire Power
  • Trash

Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal Meth addiction is a growing problem for individuals and families all across the world. Crystal meth rehab programmes are becoming busier as more people are becoming dependent on this highly addictive drug.

Crystal meth is considered by many as one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. It has the power to destroy relationships and take lives in such a short amount of time that many families will not even know what hit them. The prominent feature of crystal meth addiction is the physical and mental toll it takes on the individual. It is not uncommon for individuals to go through a complete physical transformation during their drug addiction.

Short Term Crystal Meth Abuse Effects

  • Erratic behavior
  • Exhilaration
  • Euphoria
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Rising blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

Long Term Crystal Meth Addiction Effects

  • Brain damage
  • Coma Stroke
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional swings
  • Paranoia
  • Violence
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Self destructive behaviour
  • Malnutrition
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Facial disfiguration
  • Significant weight loss
  • Death

Symptoms of Crystal Meth Addiction

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
  • Decaying of teeth and gums
  • Severe depression
  • Malnutrition/anorexia
  • Itching
  • Welts on the skin
  • Muscle spasms
  • Paranoid delusions
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Aggression
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating

3 Patterns of Meth Abuse

Low intensity: Crystal meth addict that is not psychologically addicted to the drug and who takes it orally or snorts it.

High intensity: Crystal meth abuser is psychologically addicted and either smokes or injects the meth to achieve an intense high more quickly.

Binge: Crystal meth addict that is psychologically addicted and frequency of use is high. Binge abuse has seven stages within its cycle: rush, high, binge, tweaking, crash, normal, and withdrawal.


Referred to as "Tweakers", these crystal meth addicts are at the most dangerous state of meth abuse. They may not have slept in 3-15 days and may express symptoms of paranoia and irritability. Tweakers can be violent and therefore dangerous to approach as their emotions are volatile. If the tweaker drinks alcohol, the dangers associated with a violent reaction intensify.

Dangers of Prolonged Crystal Meth Abuse

  • Fatal kidney or lung disorder
  • Brain damage
  • Hallucinations
  • Permanent psychological problems
  • Violent behaviour
  • Insomnia
  • Lowered resistance to illnesses
  • Stroke
  • Liver damage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Death
  • Crystal Meth Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Drastic drop in mood and energy levels
  • Prolonged periods of sleep
  • Fever
  • Uncontrollable movements
  • Violent behaviour
  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired speech

Crystal Meth Rehab

Rehab involves seeking professional help for chemical dependency on psychoactive substances. Meth addicts require special crystal meth rehab treatment. Crystal meth addiction creates serious psychological and physical problems in the user. Often times they can become a danger to themselves or others. This is why it is so important that crystal meth addicts be under the supervision and care of professional rehab counsellors. To understand how you can overcome crystal meth addiction, you must first understand the effects of crystal meth, and how it creates physical and metal cravings in you.

At The Cabin Chiang Mai, we understand the pain and suffering involved with getting clean. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff can help you to overcome your crystal meth addiction in a safe and caring environment.

The Cabin Chiang Mai's Crystal Meth Treatment Services

  • 12 Step Treatment Programme
  • Physical health evaluation
  • Individual and group counselling
  • Crystal meth addiction education
  • Health and wellness education
  • Fitness Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Excursions
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Managing sober time coaching
  • Aftercare counselling


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