Immediately after a user takes meth, whether it is via injection or simply smoked, he or she is thrust into what seems like a whole new dimension. Let’s call this stage the “kick”. During the kick, the heart beats at a rapid pace.
There is a significant spike in blood pressure, and the metabolism skyrockets. Remember, meth acts as a stimulant. It is meant to stimulate and heighten your senses. Every sight, sound, smell, and feel is extremely sensitive at this point. The kick sensation can last for up to nearly a half an hour.
After the kick, the user will experience a wave of emotions. Often, they find themselves extremely confident and even confrontational.
This comes as the person is now filled with energy, and every energy source needs an outlet. If that energy is not expelled through shouting or being generally combative, a person may experience the need to clean excessively. This moment of heightened energy may remain anywhere from a few hours to most of the day.
Once the body receives the stimulant, it will undoubtedly want more of it. In comes the addiction. The body will begin to crave meth in order to keep up the energy. However, the effects of meth usage will eventually wear off.
The body will become more and more used to the stimulus. Each time the user consumes, they receive a high weaker than the last. In order to make up for the last short-lived high, the user will take another dose of meth. Sooner or later, no high will come from using meth as the body has gotten too familiar with the sensation.
When meth can no longer get a person high, he or she will enter an entirely new phase in which they can no longer control themselves. With the absence of a high, the body will begin to “act out”. The user will lose all ability to focus. They will experience extreme emotions. The user will even begin to be affected physically. They may find themselves constantly itching. Losing sleep is also not uncommon. Eventually the brain cannot take much more damage before it starts to create issues for the user. They may experience hallucinations or get lost in their own thoughts, pushing others away.
Dealing with this incredible number of issues, the body will completely shut down. The user will have almost no control over their motor functions, and find themselves sleeping for hours on end.
Having your body shut down is not even the worst of it. No. The hardest part comes afterward. Soon after the shutdown, the user will begin to face extreme exhaustion. Their body is now fragile and weak.
The user may find themselves starving or incredibly thirsty. At this moment, the user may feel like a corpse, with no will to move or speak. They find that the only way to relieve this pain is to take more meth.
However, if a user has been able to withstand the previous stages without consuming anymore meth, he or she will begin to experience withdrawal. Withdrawal is the most brutal stages in meth addiction. At this stage, the body is desperately trying to cope with the slew of changes that just occurred.
The user becomes deeply saddened and loses all energy. Soon, he or she will face another urge to use, which, often, can lead to suicidal thoughts. The body tries to re-acclimate itself to being away from the drug, which can be a very painful process. Because of this struggle, many users turn back to the drug. It takes a strong will and true desire to overcome meth addiction.