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Crystal Meth Educational Video

crystal meth educational video

Educational Crystal Meth video and transcript published with permission from Hopelinks

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine. It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine.  There are 5 00,000 Meth users in the United States. Methamphetamine was created in 1887 for scientific reasons and was first used in pill form during WWII by soldiers to stay awake on long missions. Crystal Meth is commonly made from re-crystallizing the powder methamphetamine using a liquid solvent, creating the clear crystals.

How is it used?

Forms of amphetamine are inhaled, crushed and snorted, injected, or orally ingested.

What are the signs of use?

Clear signs of someone under the influence: foregoing food and sleep, decreased appetite, increased activity, wakefulness, increased attention, decreased fatigue, hyperthermia, rapid and irregular heartbeat. Prolonged Use can result in: anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, violent behavior, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions

Medical detoxification is not needed however psychological detoxification is vital.

What are some of the withdrawal symptoms?

Some withdrawal symptoms include: depression, anxiety, intense cravings, and extreme fatigue.

Meth Addicts Can Recover

There are options for the treatment of meth that include various levels of treatment ranging from outpatient to in-hospital care. This is determined by the needs of each individual.

It is also encouraged for the meth addict to participate in 12 Step or abstinence based fellowships and support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous

If you or a loved one is caught up in crystal meth use call our hotline and get answers and guidance today.  Phones are answered by trained specialists 24/7 and the call is free.  Call now 877-794-9934

Learn more about treatment options from our special report Crystal Meth Treatment.

References

STREET DRUGS: a drug identification guide 2010
National Institute on Drug Abuse:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/

Medline Plus:
http://nih.gov/

The Vaults of Erowid:
http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/amphetamines/amphetamines.shtml
http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/meth/meth.shtml

Project Know:
http://www.projectknow.com/research/methamphetamine/

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What Are Addictive Behaviors?

Addictive behaviors

What Are Addictive Behaviors?

Addictive behaviors
Addictive behaviors can become addictions

Addictive behavior is understood to be performing similar functions without experiencing any pleasure or ‘pay off’ for this. Addictive behavior can be an activity that’s perhaps not physically addicting alone. A few examples of addictive behavior are, eating, gambling, sex, Internet use, or shopping. None of these are physically addictive however many people repeat them because of powerful impulse to do so, though they could know it’s not in their best interest. This repetitive behavior may very hazardous and must be treated.

What is a Compulsive Behavior?

Compulsive behavior is recognized by the mental health community as a mental problem. Compelling behaviors can be extremely destructive in a persons’ life. Individuals often feel not able to stop the obsessive behavior by themselves. The repetitive action may give relief to them from their problems even though it offers no pleasure for the individual. Compulsions are often combined with anxiety and depression. Compelling behaviors make reference to actions that a person can’t get a grip on that interfere with an individuals’ life.

Recent studies have suggested that compulsive behaviors may trigger exactly the same neurotransmitter response as drugs or alcohol. However the more those brain waves are stimulated, the stronger they become. Compulsive behavior might have side effects on the persons’ life which are much like use of alcohol or drugs. Gambling and shopping compulsions can cause economic problems, and compulsive eating can lead to health or relationship issues.

Addictive Behavior Self Assessment

Here a few pre-determined questions you can think about to ascertain if you are experiencing compulsive behavior.

* Are you busy with planning and doing the behavior??

* Is the behavior having a negative effect on your daily life?

* Do you cover your behavior from the others?

* Do you are feeling not able to stop?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need some help and have a compulsive disorder. Treatment for this type of disorder typically includes behavioral therapy and may include medication. Some anti-depressants are helpful as well. Furthermore, you can find support groups for many compulsive behaviors.

Addictive actions have the ability to cause many problems in an individual’s life. Addictive behaviors are irrational and though anyone could be alert to it, they’re still driven to do them. The individual performs the compulsive behavior to help make the compulsive thoughts stop.

It is important to know that compulsive behavior can be addressed. There is relief available for anyone seeking help. Practitioners and organizations are easy-to find online.  For more information about addictive behavior treatment, or drug abuse and recovery call our hotline and talk with a trained professional. The call is free 77-794-9934