A drug addiction is no beneficial matter. Some people may feel that they need a drug to keep moving forward in life, but in reality, substance abuse causes more damage than good. Though some drugs may have a lesser damaging effect than others, any prolonged use or general misuse of a substance could lead to serious or even permanent damage to a person’s body and life.
When it comes to the use of methamphetamine, the toxicity of the substance can easily and quickly cause you to suffer. Both your brain and mind could experience damaging effects that make life much more difficult to contend with. If you believe that the “high” feeling is worth the destruction that meth use causes, you have likely become addicted.
Physical damage to the brain
After using meth, your brain can suffer physical damage that can have lasting effects. In particular, the use of methamphetamine places a considerable amount of stress on your blood vessels. As a result, you could easily suffer a stroke that also leads to severe brain damage. You may also begin to develop tremors in your hands or other extremities, develop overall muscle stiffness, or develop other symptoms that resemble issues associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Unfortunately, even after stopping meth use, your brain may retain much of the damage done, and you could continue to show troubling signs even after months without use. Your memory, ability to make sound judgments and your coordination could all continue to suffer.
Damage to your mental state
In addition to the physical effects on the brain, your mind could also suffer tremendously. Your personality may change as well as your intelligence level. The use of meth and other substances could easily cause your IQ to decrease. You may also develop a level of disorganization that leads you to feel that your life is out of control.
In addition to personality changes, you may also experience aggression, nervousness, psychosis, delusions and suicidal tendencies. If you stop using the substance, your mental state may improve, but you could still suffer lasting effects.
Damage to your reputation
In addition to the effects on your brain and mind, you may also find yourself facing damage to your reputation due to the actions you carry out in relation to your drug abuse problem. You could even end up facing criminal charges for possession, trafficking or other related activity. If so, you may find it helpful to obtain information about your legal options for dealing with such a predicament.