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Speed Addiction

Speed Addiction Facts

What is Speed?

Speed is a street name for methamphetamine, which is an addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is also commonly referred to on the street as meth or chalk, and a common form of the drug is crystal meth. Speed is a white and odorless powder that dissolves easily into alcohol or water, and it has a bitter taste. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has classified it as a Schedule II stimulant, which essentially means that the potential for drug abuse of Speed is high. It is available only by prescription for those with obesity or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and only then in very limited amounts.

How is Speed Used?

Speed can be taken orally, smoked, injected or snorted. However, crystal meth is smoked in a process similar to that of crack cocaine. Once a user takes Speed, they experience a feeling of intense pleasure. These sensations last approximately 3 to 5 minutes when snorting Speed, or about 15 to 20 minutes when taking Speed orally. If taken using other methods, Speed leads to a feeling of euphoria but the user does not normally experience the intense rush.

Speed Addiction Symptoms

For those addicted to Speed, there are often symptoms of weight loss and insomnia. This is because Speed causes the user to have more energy and experience a decrease inappetite. Since many users quickly become addicted to Speed, they begin to use it more frequently which makes the symptoms increasingly worse. Other symptoms of high doses of Speed include anxiety, paranoia, confusion and irritability.

Speed Addiction Withdrawal

When the pleasurable effects of Speed disappear, many abusers tend to use increasing amounts of the drug in an attempt to achieve the same sensation. Therefore, withdrawal from Speed addiction often results in fatigue, increased hunger, major depression and an intense desire for the drug. However, the health related hazards are normally at least somewhat reversible. Due to the withdrawal symptoms, Speed addiction recovery should always take place in a safe environment with trained medical personnel.

Speed Addiction Treatment

Since there are no medications specifically designed for Speed addiction treatment, the most effective treatment is behavioral therapy. This, combined with counseling, family education and positive reinforcement, has been proven to be effective. The best Speed addiction recovery centers provide a complete treatment plan with group therapy and individual sessions designed to change the addict’s behavior. As a result, the addict will learn to avoid Speed and possibilities of relapse so that they can begin a new drug-free life.

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