What Is Meth

Methamphetamine belongs to the amphetamine family. It is a powerful upper that produces many super feelings along with a variety of adverse reactions. In its pure hydrochloride form, known as crystal meth, it is more potent, colorless, and easier to make than amphetamine. Meth is usually white or slightly yellow, depending on the cooking process and how it is rinsed. I have seen pink and even green colored meth.

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How Meth Is Made

There are a couple ways to make meth and many ingredients are used. And believe it or not, most of the ingredients used to make meth can be found right in your home. And handling these toxic ingredients of meth, as well as mixing them, is very hazardous to your health as well as it is very hazardous the environment.

Meth is made from a very easy recipe and can be cooked and ready in 6 to 8 hours in a mobile meth lab where the cookware can be relocated to avoid detection of any fumes or vapors that are associated with the making of meth. It costs about $50 to $140 to make one ounce of meth that can be sold for as much as $1200.

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Meth Lab

A meth lab is a clandestine drug lab that is a collection of materials and ingredients used to make crystal and is made mostly from common household ingredients. These ingredients are mixed and cooked together and the harmful chemical mixtures can remain on household surfaces for months or years later.

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Methamphetamine Withdrawal

Withdrawal from methamphetamine is not, by itself, medically dangerous. Generally, people need more sleep during this period and within a few days will begin feeling much better.

Upon beginning detox from methamphetamine, users may have medical issues that are caused or exacerbated by the drug. For instance, attention must be given to infections, including abscesses (from injection) or skin infections (from picking). Also common are lung problems, including painful or difficult breathing, and burns resulting from methamphetamine use (e.g., pipe burns on the lips) or manufacturing (e.g., chemical burns).

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Meth and Dental Disease

The most striking health effects of methamphetamine addiction is the change in the physical appearance of users. An emaciated look and rampant dental disease manifesting as decayed, discolored and broken down teeth and inflamed gums are associated with meth use. In short stretches of time, sometimes just months, healthy teeth turn a grayish-brown, develop extensive decay, and reach a state of such decay that causes them to be unsalvageable and require extraction.

Many media reports have provided details about a distinctive pattern of unchecked tooth decay among methamphetamine users. Described variously as blackened, stained, rotting, or crumbling teeth, the association of this pattern of dental disease with meth addiction has earned it the media moniker meth mouth. When methamphetamine users enter treatment, they frequently have a tremendous array of problems that all require urgent attention.

Bills, legal difficulties, severe family problems, plus the challenge of stopping methamphetamine use and preventing relapse all seem to be top priority issues. Taking care of dental problems often seems like a low priority and is thus often ignored.

Finding Meth Treatment

If you or someone you know is addicted to methamphetamine and seeking treatment, let me first congratulate you for making the decision to chose life over death. Finding the right treatment program is healthy for your recovery. It is "very important to ask questions" when talking to admissions of treatment centers. Do not go to the first treatment center that sounds good.

I would first attend a few support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or a local church recovery group. You can just sit and listen, you do not need to talk or give anybody any information about you. But remember that closed mouths don't get fed.

Most places offer many forms of meth treatment such as inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, detox facilities, halfway houses, and sober living homes.

Inpatient treatment is where you can reside at a facility under supervision and counseling from certified professionals.

Outpatient treatment is where you can continue living at home and working while receiving counseling. Treatment may consist of attending individual or group counseling sessions for an hour or two per week and can last 90 days or more.

Sober living homes are where a person in recovery lives in a place that is free from alcohol and drug use, and the residents are free to pursue activities to support their recovery, either alone or with others.