Human Body What Happens To Your Body When You're On Meth  

Jodi Smith
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Meth floods the user's body with dopamines at 10 to 12 times the rate of normal activities that trigger the same euphoric feelings. Just like what heroin does to your body or what cocaine does to your system, the health problems from meth and side effects of the drug are life-threatening and horrific. 

The horrifying facts about meth addiction should make it easy enough to discourage people from using the drug, but the truth is that the addictive substance is flourishing in the United States. Some may think rotten teeth and bad skin are as bad as it gets with meth, but that's not the case - the long-term effects and health problems from meth are more than skin deep.

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Meth Actually Depletes The Body's Dopamine Cache - Leading To Depression


Meth stimulates the neurotransmitters in the brain that are responsible for triggering dopamine - or pleasure. The initial rush of pleasure is fleeting, but a sense of elation and happiness can last from six to 12 hours. 

Users will then increase the frequency of their drug use - whether via injection, smoking, or snorting - in order to overcome any crash from the high. This triggers more dopamine, which can be depleted from the body by destroying these brain cells from overuse. The user is unable to feel happiness, leading to depression and possibly suicide.

Users Have An Increased Risk Of Developing Parkinson's Disease


Since meth affects the dopamine-producing substantia nigra in the brain, one of the risks of using the drug is an increased predisposition to Parkinson's Disease, an incurable and degenerative disease that can cause uncontrollable tremors, limb rigidity, and other neurological problems. Although the disease itself isn't life-threatening, the side effects can lead to death.

Use of meth increases a woman's chances of developing the disease by five times that of a non-user.

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Meth Can Kill Bowel Tissue And Cause Incontinence


Meth causes a constriction of the blood vessels of the body, which can lead to several problems due to the decreased flow of blood to vital organs. One such problem is the death of the tissue in the users bowels.

Intestinal necrosis can cause low blood pressure, blood clots, a ruptured bowel, or other diseases, as well as an inability to control bowel movements. If the user suffers a ruptured bowel, peritonitis can set in and cause septic shock - and death.

Users Are Actually At Higher Risk For Strokes


When using meth, blood vessels are constricted and the flow of blood to vital organs is reduced. This can lead to a brain bleed and a hemorrhagic stroke - deadlier than a stroke caused by a blood clot.

The risk of stroke in individuals under the age of 45 is five times more likely when meth is involved. Meth users were also more likely to die of their stroke than non-users suffering from the same trauma.