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Adverse effects of meth (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Adverse effects of Meth

Methamphetamine (meth) use affects every aspect of your life. We present a graphic view of how meth adversely affects your brain, body, sex life, and personal life here.

Adverse effects of meth on behavior

  • aggressive or violent behavior
  • anti-social behavior
  • compulsive repetition of meaningless acts
  • confusion

Adverse effects of meth on the brain

  • deficits in motor skills
  • impaired judgement
  • increases and blocks reuptake of dopamine
  • loss of coordination and sense of time

Adverse effects of meth on psychology

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  • increased risk of mental illness
  • mood disturbances
  • psychoses such as hallucinations or paranoia
  • risk of psychological dependence or addiction

Adverse effects of meth on sex and sexuality

  • heightened libido
  • increased risk of STDS
  • lowered inhibition
  • risky sexual behavior

Adverse effects of meth on body response

  • constriction of blood vessels
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased body temperature
  • increased heart rate

Adverse effects of meth on general health

  • chronic illness
  • immune system damage
  • malnutrition
  • risk of physical dependence

Adverse effects of meth on relationships

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  • break ups or estrangement
  • decreased involvement in social life
  • lack of trust
  • low self-esteem

Adverse effects of meth on work

  • easily distracted
  • increased absence at work
  • neglected responsibilities
  • no shows at work
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I have been really given her hard on the meth and also take methadone and normally smoke a lot of pot but lately I only smoke pot when I am ready to go to sleep !! lastnight I had been up for 4days 3nights the lastnight I was getting tired and went to the grauge and smokes 3 gravity bing hoots and I came back in the house were my ex wife and girlfriend were visiting I sat down and my ex wife started to talk really fast and inteansely about one of are old mutual friend and I was sitting there and could feel it slowly comeing on I giesss I looked at her and told her ssshhhh and stood up and started out side got about ten feet away from the house and all of the sudden I went to grab the door knob and just like that it hit me so hard my vision was so blurry I could not see and could barely get out the words I wanted to say it was all I could do to make it in the house and to maker up the stairs and I tell ya I got to the top of the stares and I saw my ex sitting there and so I called out her name and hit the floor my ex kind of cought me so as I didn’t injure my self she kept asking me did you fall down or get hit in the head and I wasn’t sure at all so I was wondering did her new man get upset cuz she was with me and pipe me out well out side I was convulseing my hands were haven troubles curling up and I thought ok well this is it I am dieing my eyes started to roll back into my head and it felt like I was literally dying my lungs couldn’t stop twitching and if I didn’t breath in my Knose and out my mouth I would feel like I was slipping away into the darkness my ex wife kept telling me to breath and also was checking my blood pressure and I didn’t have a pulse in my wrists so she started to check my jugular and she said there’s a very faint pulse there I wasn’t sure weather I hit my head or was haven a heart attack and or a stroke and my vision was compressed and wider than it had been bfor ever !!!! I’ve been doing drugs for a long time and never felt like this I could only take so much air in and my face would do this weird twitch that made me look like I was smiling but it wasn’t funny at all so I shoujd not have had a smile on my face it would happen ever breath of air and I also thought well maybe the guy who gave me the bud put something in it to kill me or some shit like that this lasted for about ten minutes I still don’t feel the same today but it scared me and my girlfriend so much she wanted to go home and I could not think straight and swore maybe it was a stroke but ehmy whole body was numb face Pail and hands were very cold and clammy by this time I knew something was wrong with me the intense buzz I had literally felt like I was gonna die it wasn’t like a good pot buzz were the buzz was consistent and it felt like this buzz was pulling me down to the ground it was very inteanse and scary when I started to come out of it. I would start laughing and crying at the same time I was very Scred that I wasn’t gonn snap out of did I over dose or did the mixture of weed and meth make me freak out ??? Or od or have a stroke

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