Methamphetamine is a psychoactive drug of the amphetamine class. It is a white, order less, and bitter tasting crystalline powder that is ingested orally, snorted, smoked, or injected. It is a strong physical and mental stimulant and has a very high potential for addiction. Meth is very easy to produce at home, which has contributed to its widespread abuse. It is used as both a pharmaceutical drug and a recreational drug. Street names include meth, speed, chalk, ice, crystal, and glass. Physical and psychological effects of meth vary by dose, route of administration, and length of use. They range from feelings of increased wakefulness to amphetamine induced psychosis (similar to schizophrenia). Detox can be a very difficult process and relapse rates are typically very high.
Signs that you are a loved one may need a meth detox program include insomnia, loss of appetite, weight loss, agitation, and paranoia. As meth addiction persists, a user will become more aggressive and violent, especially when trying to obtain more of the drug. Meth users can also disappear for days without explanation. If you are observing these signs in a loved one it is important to take action immediately, as many meth addicts will be in strong denial over their problem. Love and support from family members is key to helping an addict through the detox process.