Can You Snort Meth?Camila Archuleta
Get Answers and Treatment Resources for Crystal Meth Now
Methamphetamine addiction is a serious issue that affects many individuals across the globe each year. Quitting methamphetamine use can be a difficult process due to its powerful addictive properties but it is possible with dedication and support from family and friends as well as professionals who specialize in treating substance abuse disorders.
If you’ve caught a loved one sniffling and awake at all hours, or seen a family member with what seems like a constant cold, you might be wondering: Can you snort meth?
The short answer is, yes, but be aware that snorting meth is very dangerous. If you or a loved one is snorting meth or smoking meth, keep reading to learn more about the dangers and how Icarus Behavioral Health can help with effective programs of recovery now!
What is Meth and What Does Meth Do?
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), illicit meth is a highly addictive drug with potent central nervous system effects. It is usually found in powder form, which can be smoked, injected, or snorted.
Long term effects of snorting meth affect the central nervous system and produce an intense rush and euphoric high followed by a crash that leaves users feeling anxious and irritable for hours or days at a time. Meth has been known to cause extreme psychological and physical dependence on the drug with regular meth use.
Some people with undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder end up abusing meth, as it actually helps the symptoms of their disorder.
When people snort meth, it is done by inhaling the powder through the nose. When the powder enters your nasal passages, it quickly gets absorbed into your bloodstream through tiny blood vessels in your nose lining which allows for an almost immediate effect from snorting meth.
Smoking meth carries numerous health risks because it can damage your lungs and airways from inhaling toxic chemicals. Smoking also increases your risk for stroke and cardiovascular complications such as irregular heartbeats or heart attacks.
Other potential physical side effects include cardiovascular and respiratory problems like shortness of breath or difficulty breathing due to the inhalation of smoke particles, increased risk for infections, liver damage, kidney damage, skin irritation, nausea, and weight loss due to malnutrition caused by long-term use of the drug.
What are the Usual Effects Of Crystal Meth Use?
The severe effects of smoking crystal meth and crystal methamphetamine abuse can be short-term or long-term effects depending on the amount consumed, the frequency of consumption, and the user’s individual physiology.
Short-term effects include:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Increased body temperature
- Increased energy
- Dilated pupils
- Decreased appetite
- Intense cravings
Long-term adverse side effects include:
- Paranoia or psychosis
- Physical effects, like organ damage
- An increased risk of stroke
- Memory loss
- Weight loss
- Skin sores
- Dental problems (meth mouth)
- Aggression and violence
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Permanent brain damage
- Increased risk of contracting hepatitis and other viruses like HIV/AIDS transmission through sharing needles or having unprotected sex while on a crystal meth high.
The Dangers Of Snorting Meth
The dangers of snorting methamphetamine include many risks apart from just meth addiction and dependence on this powerful drug.
Snorting meth can cause serious damage to your nasal tissues and passages due to its caustic properties which can lead to nose bleeds, chronic sinus infections, and even severe damage such as perforated septums or collapsed nasal cavities over time.
The Most Common Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
When an individual addicted to meth decides to quit using the drug, they will experience withdrawal symptoms which can last for days or weeks.
Understanding the physical and emotional side effects of methamphetamine withdrawal can help people in recovery better prepare themselves for this difficult stage.
Physical Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal
Individuals going through meth withdrawal may experience a wide range of physical symptoms. Some common physical symptoms include intense cravings for the drug, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and nausea.
Insomnia is also very common. In addition, some individuals may suffer from severe dehydration and muscle aches as their bodies detoxify the drug. Dehydration is even more common in states like New Mexico, where meth use often accompanies outdoor activity in the heat.
Mental Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal
As well as physical effects, meth users can experience mental withdrawal from methamphetamine, such as depression, anxiety and irritability. People may have difficulty concentrating on tasks or feel like they are unable to focus on anything at all.
Emotional Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal
The emotional adverse effects of withdrawing from methamphetamine use can be just as difficult as the physical symptoms. During this period many people feel overwhelmed with sadness or depression that they cannot seem to get rid of no matter what they do or how much they try. They may also feel extreme guilt or shame about their addiction and struggle with feelings of hopelessness or helplessness.
Many people experience vivid nightmares or insomnia as well as suicidal thoughts because their brain chemistry has been affected by long-term use of the drug. It is important for those experiencing these symptoms to seek professional help to manage them effectively during recovery.
These intense emotions can lead to further methamphetamine abuse in order to cope with them so it is important for those going through recovery to seek professional help in order to manage them effectively during this challenging time.
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs: Meth and Other Drug Abuse
The most common type of chronic meth use treatment program is an inpatient or residential program. This type of program requires participants to stay at a facility full-time while receiving intensive therapy and medical care.
This can be an effective option for those struggling with meth abuse or other drug addictions because it provides 24/7 support and structure while also allowing them to focus entirely on their recovery.
Outpatient programs are also available, which allow participants to come into a facility during certain hours each day or week for addiction treatment sessions but still live at home throughout the process.
The Benefits of Outpatient Care at Icarus
This can be a great option for those who don’t need as much oversight or support as an inpatient program provides but still need help with their addiction, or those ‘stepping down’ from residential care. Outpatient programs typically include individual therapy sessions, group counseling, medication management, and lifestyle skills training.
One-on-one counseling is another form of addiction treatment for substance abuse that focuses solely on individualized support from a qualified professional. Counselors provide tailored advice and feedback based on each participant’s unique history with drug and meth use and work closely with them to develop personalized strategies for maintaining sobriety.
A one-on-one counseling approach can be beneficial because it allows counselors to focus all their attention on one person instead of having to divide their time between multiple people in a group setting.
Twelve-step groups, like Narcotics Anonymous, can also be helpful for those trying to recover from meth use.
Get Help for Meth Abuse at Icarus
Crystal meth is an incredibly powerful drug that can cause devastating physical and mental health effects of snorting meth when used regularly over time. Fortunately, there is a destination for help at Icarus.
For help with meth abuse in your life, or to get help for a loved one so they can stop snorting meth, contact Icarus Behavioral Health today. We can help you stay off of this highly addictive drug and get started on the road to recovery.
All calls are completely confidential, so reach out in confidence now to get options for a meth-free future!