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Crystal Meth Addiction
Crystal meth is one of many nicknames for methamphetamine and crystal meth usually refers to the smokable form of the drug. Crystal meth is a powerful nervous system stimulant that is made in illegal "labs" from cheap, over the counter ingredients. This makes crystal meth easy and inexpensive to make and get. This has made crystal meth a widespread problem in the United States and many people have found themselves addicted to this powerful drug. Crystal meth is known by many names such as "ice," "speed," "meth," "crank," "glass," and others but always has the same disastrous results on the individual taking the drug. Crystal Meth use often leads to increased promescuity which is a factor in increased exposure to HIV/AIDS. Meth is a white powder that tastes bitter but is odorless in its powdered form. The drug can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed to deliver the high.

Crystal Meth Addiction - Effects
Like its cousin amphetamine, methamphetamine or crystal meth increases activity, decreases appetite and can last up to 6 to 8 hours. Crystal meth causes an initial rush that the brain receives as a reward and the following high is a heightened state of awareness and agitation that can lead to violent and erratic behavior. For these reasons crystal meth in its pharmaceutical form is used rarely for obesity, narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder but the prescriptions are closely monitored by a medical professional and not refillable. Illegal crystal meth abuse has been a problem in the west for many years now and is the leading reason for drug treatment in San Diego California. Other cities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and the west have reported increasing cases of crystal meth abuse due to its powerfully addicting qualities.

Crystal Meth Addiction - Tolerance
Crystal meth users develop an instant tolerance to the drug causing a constant need to take more and more of the drug. Tolerance is when the body adapts to the effects of the drug and compensates to limit the effects so that more and more of the drug is needed to have the same pleasurable effect on the body. Crystal meth, like most drugs, stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain which activates the brains pleasure center. The brain reinforces this reward system and addiction evolves from the continuous need to stimulate the brains reward system.Addiction is what causes crystal meth users to center their lives around the drug and why many will stay awake for days or even weeks doing little else but smoking or snorting the drug.

Crystal Meth Addiction is a disease
Addiction is a physical condition that has been recognized and classified as a disease. Like any disease it cannot be cured by simple willpower and is aided by medical supervision and treatment. Spencer's Options Centers is one of the few crystal meth rehabilitation centers in the country that combines cutting edge medical assistance with cognitive-behavioral therapy from licensed counselors to treat crystal meth addiction and its harmful consequences.

Crystal Meth Addiction - Help is Available
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