March 8, 2016
As more ways to produce meth become known, more people are finding their way to California residential treatment centers. That’s because meth is so addictive and damaging, it isn’t something that can always be resolved in a brief detox stay. Not everything is known about the long-term effects of meth use, but what is known is quite frightening.
Impact on the Body
Meth targets the brain, reducing the way dopamine binds to its transporters. This means it doesn’t always get where it was headed and, sometimes, the pattern of how dopamine is exerted is changed. Since dopamine has an impact on the sense of pleasure, as well as motivation and memory, the problems can be numerous.
The impact isn’t only during use of the drug, either. Even after detox, there is evidence that the brain still struggles to use dopamine the way it once did. On top of that, meth also has an impact on the microglia. These cells are like the soldiers for the brain. While they don’t have neurological duties, they do fight off other cells and, when there are too many microglia, they attack healthy cells.
The combination of the impact on these two things in the brain can lead to addiction, psychosis, depression, and much more.
Method of Use
It isn’t just the meth itself, either. Meth is most often smoked, and it is manufactured from caustic chemicals. Many people come into California residential treatment programs with caustic burns and erosion of parts of the eyes and teeth from the smoke. Any way you put it, this drug has significant long-term ramifications.
If you’re struggling with meth addiction, it’s time to look to California Treatment Programs for help with coming to terms with your lifestyle.