Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or just meth, is one of the most addictive, dangerous and frightening drugs there is. Meth is a drug that is a stimulant, and it’s made from household ingredients and chemicals that are toxic and can erode a person’s physical and mental health and well-being.
Understanding how a meth addict thinks and feels can be valuable if you have a loved one who is dealing with meth addiction.
When you understand how a meth addict thinks and feels you might not necessarily understand what it feels like to be an addict, but you can glean some insight into the nature of addiction, and it can help you see that when the person lashes out, lies or steals, that it’s not a personal attack against you, and is instead a symptom of their disease.
When someone is high on meth, there are both physical and physiological changes that occur. Many of the changes that happen regarding how the person feels and behaves are the result of how the drug impacts the brain and the nervous system.
When people take meth, they may initially experience euphoria, because like so many other drugs and particularly the ones that are very addictive, meth stimulates the brain’s reward system. It’s that stimulation of reward centers that motivates people to continue using the drug. Understanding the physiological effects of meth is an important component of dealing with someone you love who is addicted to the drug.
Once someone takes the drug their brain becomes rewired in many ways, and that’s what leads them to continue seeking it out, and their addiction quickly spirals out of control.
Along with euphoric brain stimulation, there is something else that can happen when someone takes meth, and that’s a sense of blunted emotions. People on meth may not experience feelings as they would ordinarily, so the person may actually like this feeling because it can help them escape from bad memories or emotional pain they experience when they’re sober. Meth can become not just a way to get high, but a way to escape from worry, stress and negative feelings and emotions.
There’s yet another way that a meth addict can be impacted and that’s in the creation of aggression. When someone is on meth, they may start to feel like they’re powerful or capable of more than they really are, and so that can manifest in sociability as an example, but also as delusional aggression.
Key to understanding how a meth addict thinks and feels is the fact that when you are on meth you often lack any sense of self-awareness, and it’s not usually until an addict is in the recovery phase of their addiction that they’re even able to recognize their behaviors and the effects they had on the people around them.
Understanding how a meth addict thinks and feels also relies on looking at the physical side effects of the drug. This drug acts a stimulant, and using it can lead to tweaking which is very fidgety behaviors, and sensations such as bugs crawling on the skin. That’s why meth addicts often have scabs and sores on their face and areas of their body.
Often women are drawn to meth because it suppresses their appetite and ultimately helps them lose weight, and over time a person’s physical appearance can significantly deteriorate because of meth.
While there are specific indications of how a meth addict thinks and feels, some of their thoughts and feelings are similar to drug addicts in general. For example, drug addicts often think only about their next fix of the drug. They have tunnel vision because of how their brain reacts the drug, and they crave it. Their thoughts and actions are often solely dedicated to obtaining more of the drug, and they will do anything necessary.
That’s why drug addicts often lie, cheat and steal. They may engage in illegal behaviors aside from the illicit drug use as a means to get more, and they’re not able to recognize the pain and harm they’re causing themselves and the people around them because of their addiction.
Someone who is addicted to meth or other drugs not only lie and mislead people, but they manipulate them. Someone who was once loving and caring may start to manipulate the people closest to them in order to facilitate their continued drug use. They feed on the concern and love of their family members.
Someone who’s addicted to meth may even beg and try to plead with loved ones and make promises they have no intention of keeping, and it can take a long time before their loved ones accept that this is in fact manipulation.
It’s nearly impossible for an addict to think outside of the drug and their addiction until they receive help and are in treatment or recovery.