Meth addiction affects the appearance and the mind. If you unsure whether a family member, friend, or acquaintance has been exhibiting signs of meth addiction, it is useful to consider a few factors. Meth addicts usually lose a significant amount of weight and also begin to lose teeth or struggle with dental issues (this phenomenon is called ‘meth mouth’). They start showing signs of anxiety or having panic attacks, they could also begin to have insomnia. There is also a marked change in their mood and personality. Meth addicts veer from one extreme mood to another, and can often become violent. Another feature of meth addiction, suffered by some addicts, is psychotic delusions (such as imaging things crawling on their skin), this can manifest in paranoia and visual and/or auditory hallucinations. Methamphetamines are particularly dangerous as they lower one’s inhibitions and impair one’s judgment. Often, meth addicts will display risky behaviors and behave in a way they would never have done sober, such as engage in unsafe sex. This could make them vulnerable to a variety of diseases and other dangerous situations. Addicts who inject the drug are more susceptible to contracting Hepatitis or HIV.
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