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I only use to increase my energy level to be more productive - HOW IS IT HURTING ANYONE?

Methamphetamines Yes, individuals who suffering from methamphetamine abuse, (also known as speed, meth, chalk, ice, crystal, glass) do experience an increase in physical energy and activity. Methamphetamine use also increases wakefulness, produces rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and body temperature. Many women entering Women Drug Treatment for Methamphetamine addiction are sleep deprived and malnourished due to a false sense of “increased energy and productivity”.

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Long term methamphetamine use can lead to mood disturbances, extreme weight loss, violent behavior, increased anxiety, confusion, insomnia, skin irritations, and severe dental problems. Because of the highly addictive nature of the drug individuals often engage in very risky behaviors to achieve what is known as the “ultimate high”. All alcohol and drug users, but particularly those who inject the drug, risk infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.


Stimulant addiction often presents with less intensity of physical withdrawal symptoms but does involve an emotional “roller coaster” during the first days of ceased usage. Many women struggle with feelings of depression and often times report severe boredom and a sense of non-purpose.

Signs of Methamphetamine use:

  • Irritability
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nervousness
  • Shaking
  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Aggressiveness
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils