Meth is an addictive and overpowering drug. It’s one that can easily affect others, especially when used and/or created in the home. Meth is made up of toxic chemicals that infiltrate the air, skin, and clothing of anyone who comes into contact with the secondhand smoke and fumes. In fact, contamination is one of the biggest dangers meth labs pose. If the question is: can I get a contact high from meth? The answer is a definite yes.
Children are especially susceptible to secondhand meth effects. The ingredients used to make meth are rarely stored with safety in mind. When meth is made in the home, children can easily come into direct contact with chemicals or traces of them found in the carpet, floor, counters, or other areas in and out of the home. Additionally, meth ingredients that aren’t disposed of properly can linger outside and harm anyone who comes into contact with them.
Exposure to meth can lead to severe medical conditions in children, including neurologic damage and respiratory problems. Women who are pregnant while using meth or being affected by it secondhand may have children who suffer from birth defects. Pregnant women may also suffer from increased blood pressure or heart rate and risk of premature delivery.
Babies who have been exposed to meth while in utero can become addicted and suffer withdrawal side effects when they’re born. In any form and at any stage, meth use does not only endanger those who actively use it, but anyone who is within proximity to it as well.
Additional Effects of Meth
The reaction to meth use is strong and instantaneous, which is the main reason why people end up becoming addicted to it. However, meth takes quite the toll on the body. The high that comes with use is quickly replaced by other, more dangerous, side effects. Meth use or a contact high from meth can lead to increased blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, and can cause convulsions.
Although not everyone reacts to it in the same way, meth is typically looked to as a stimulant, which can have serious consequences. The effects of meth can also make you feel more alert, less fatigued, and result in a lack of appetite. The more you use meth, the more of a tolerance you build up to the drug. That means your body needs more of it to feel the same high as it did when you first tried it. Following drug dependency, your body will become addicted.
When this happens, you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms as your body reacts to not having meth in the system. Even people who want to quit using find it difficult to fight the cravings. They may also fear the side effects of drug withdrawal, which are typically painful and uncomfortable. These side effects may include anxiety, insomnia, depression, and even hallucinations.
Eventually, in addition to the mental side effects you experience, long-term meth use results in physical changes as well. This can include tooth loss, weight loss, and lesions appearing on the skin. Also, because one of the side effects is lack of appetite, you may become malnourished and dehydrated as well.
In short, side effects of any kind, as a result of meth use, causes damage to the body. In some cases, as with a contact high or secondhand meth effects, the damage may be irreversible. For the safety of yourself and those around you, seeking treatment for meth addiction can and will turn your life around. Knowing that your addiction may not only be affecting you may help you understand why treatment is necessary.
Drug addiction will make you feel, think, and act differently. It’s best to receive detox support at a treatment center where you can receive the kind of care and attention that you help guide you through the process as safely and comfortably as possible.Speak with a treatment specialist today.
Side Effects of Crystal Meth
Although they are often referenced interchangeably, crystal meth is a particular form of meth identified by its blue-tinged, glassy appearance. It is most commonly smoked, versus being injected or ingested, which makes it a prime contributor to someone getting a contact high. Crystal meth is known for causing a long list of health issues, including, but not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Dry mouth and skin
These are only a few of the side effects people have experienced, although everyone’s situation is different. For some, crystal meth suppresses the appetite to the point where a person becomes anorexic. For others, crystal meth can cause strange hallucinations and difficulty sleeping. The way your body responds to meth in any form is largely dependent on how it’s metabolized.
Factors affecting this include age, weight, general health, and how long you’ve been using meth. However, consistent use of meth may make you immune to lesser amounts, which increases the risk of overdose, if you are trying to reach the same high.
Crystal meth users may also suffer from tooth loss due to the acid breaking down the enamel. Combined with anxiety and other side effects meth causes, this can cause you to grind or clench your teeth as well. The consequences are damaging to anyone’s mind and body. This, in turn, can be detrimental to a person’s employment, interpersonal relationships, and overall interaction with others.
Meth changes the way you behave and your appearance to a point where those who know you well may be unable to recognize you. Also, it may affect those who come into contact with meth smoke or other materials that make up the drug. The dangers are life-threatening because meth use can quickly spiral out of control.
Seeking Treatment for Meth Addiction
Fortunately, there is treatment assistance when you are ready to change your life’s path. If you have been struggling with meth addiction, detoxification and treatment will be the first stages on your recovery path.
It’s no easy feat going through meth addiction withdrawal. When drug addiction overtakes your body, it can be damaging on all levels. However, challenging doesn’t mean impossible. With a treatment plan and dedication, you can overcome your addiction and start living a sober, healthy lifestyle. The first step for meth addiction treatment is detox.
Detox is the time needed to rid your body of any drugs. It’s best done with the support of professionals who are trained in aiding people going through withdrawal. Trying to go through detox alone is more difficult due to the temptations, cravings, and challenges you face in your current day-to-day life. By removing yourself from your present, toxic environment, you have the opportunity to give your full focus to what you need to do for your health.
Also, by going through detox under the care of skilled professionals, they can monitor your heart rate and reactions to the withdrawal process. Your safety and security will be the main goal, as well as your comfort and general well-being.
Following detoxification, you have the option of receiving inpatient or outpatient care. One of the benefits of an inpatient care program is that you are removed from your current environment to focus solely on your sobriety. You can choose an inpatient facility close to home, if you want family or friends nearby, but you can also opt to go out-of-state or somewhere more remote to receive your treatment.
Inpatient treatment centers are designed to deliver a calm and welcoming environment. They are often situated among natural environments like lakes or mountains, so you can find some much needed peace in your life. However, if you feel inpatient treatment is not the right route for you, outpatient care is also available, as well.
Outpatient care is helpful if you already have a built-in support system who can help keep you accountable. The treatment program is similar and having people you can lean on can be the kind of guidance you need to succeed. Outpatient care is also an option for anyone who has been through the detox and rehabilitation program before, but need extra assistance.
Ultimately, regardless of the type of support you receive, the choice to become sober is completely yours. Your dedication is necessary to make the program work best for you. Through addiction treatment, you’ll learn how to cope with cravings and temptations in the future. You’ll be able to talk through your doubts, questions, and concerns in group therapy sessions and/ or individual counseling. In inpatient and outpatient care, you will receive life skills training, which will give you the tools you need to secure a job, rebuild relationships, and manage your daily life without being under the influence of drugs. It can feel scary to transition to a life you don’t know or remember, even if that life is a healthier option for you. Because there are several stages, which can feel overwhelming, you need full-time support, care, and education to learn about your addiction, where it stems from, and how to fight it.
We care about finding the right treatment program for you. Your health, well-being, and state of mind are important to your sobriety. We can guide you every step of the way to get you to that healthy path. If you or a loved one is facing drug addiction, let us help you.
What If I Relapse?
Relapse can be a disheartening situation. However, it is not uncommon for people who have entered rehab to go through relapse at some point during the treatment process. Addiction is tough battle and there will be setbacks along the way as you transition to sober living. You have the power to bounce back though. Even if you experience relapse, you know the steps it takes to go through detox and get to the recovery stage. You never have to go through it alone.
Although it does happen, drug treatment programs are designed to help prevent relapse from occurring. By learning to identify triggers and warning signs, you can learn to redirect your temptations or work through them to make a healthy decision instead. Depending on your health history and how you’re adapting to rehab, it may take longer to go through the different stages of treatment than others. When you are able to stay on track without relapse, you can continue becoming one step closer to sobriety.
Getting the Help You Need
Addiction can make you feel isolated and alone. The reality is that there are usually loved ones who are being affected by your addiction as well. Meth use can create health problems for anyone who comes into contact with it in any way. Even if you are not actively using it, it can still negatively affect you. Treatment is available. We are always ready to answer any questions you may have about the process.
If you are looking for more information to help someone in need, you may request intervention assistance. When you decide to confront a loved one about their meth addiction, it can be a difficult conversation to plan for. Where do you do it? Who all should be present? When is the best time to have the talk? Someone who is skilled at providing these answers can step and guide you as needed.
An intervention specialist helps guide the conversation to stay on track. The most important part of the discussion being getting your loved one the treatment they need to get better. The more information you have at your disposal and the better you prepare, the more confident you’ll feel when sharing with others.
Battling meth addiction isn’t easy, but it is achievable. The opportunity to create a healthier, happier future for yourself is real. There are tools, resources, and people ready to support your decision to go through the rehabilitation and recovery stages. It’s up to you to make the first move and decide to put your life back on a positive path. If drug use has affected you in any way, we are here to support you every step of the way.Find hope. Find recovery. Begin a commitment to lifelong recovery today – for yourself, your friend, or for your loved one.