What Are The Long Term Effects of Meth

Long-term meth use can have many damaging effects, including addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and drug use which is accompanied by functional and molecular changes in the brain. In addition to being addicted to meth, chronic meth abusers exhibit symptoms that can include violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. They also can display a number of psychotic features, including paranoia, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions (for example, the sensation of insects creeping on the skin, called "formication"). The paranoia can result in homicidal as well as suicidal thoughts.

  • Dependence
  • Addiction
  • psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood disturbances
  • Repetitive motor activity
  • Stroke
  • Weight loss