Behavioral Signs of Meth Addiction
Beyond the Hollywood stereotype, we’ve all seen the way the media portrays meth addiction. They often focus on the things you can see when someone uses methamphetamine. They focus much less on the behavioral side of meth addiction. The truth is, showing the behavioral nuances of a crystal meth addiction is hard. You and those closest to you mostly notice the complex changes in your behavior.
Can you think of any behavioral signs you are bothered by? Meth users often experience changes in mood and behavior. This can be from underlying mental health issues being affected by meth. But it can also be from the damage meth does to your brain.
Have you been feeling more anxious since starting meth? Meth increases activity in the central nervous system, your body will begin to feel anxious. This often feels like racing heart, sweaty palms, and an endless stream of thoughts you can’t ignore. Maybe you are noticing yourself being more impulsive. You might be trying more dangerous activities without caring for your safety, finding excitement in playing with death. Meth basically keeps your body in a perpetual state of high alert and stress.
Also, you might be going for days without sleep. When you do finally sleep, it can sometimes be for days. Going without sleep for days on end is hard on your mind and body. While meth can keep you awake—and is keeping you awake—your body is struggling to function. Sleep is essential to your overall health. When you are missing sleep, you’re more likely to trigger cancer. You increase your chances of heart failure and stroke when you lose sleep. Beyond that, you’re more like to get sick with the flu or a cold. Changes in your behavior need to be taken seriously. These changes often create more difficulties in life. Which, in turn, feed your desire to use it as a way to escape.