Is Crystal Meth Becoming More Addictive Than Heroin?
It’s scary to think that a simple party drug would be more addictive than ‘class A’s used by real addicts’, however the use of crystal meth (an act known as tweaking) is becoming increasingly popular.
Crystal Meth Addiction
Crystal meth is fast becoming the most addictive drug available. With its appeal on the party scene and long lasting highs, users are turning to meth on a regular basis. It’s become an essential drug in sex parties, taking presidency among the gay community.
Providing a sense of happiness and well being, the Crystal meth ‘Rush’, can provide a high that can last anything from 2-24 hours, sapping the body of its natural energy resources and leading to an instant dependency on your next fix.
But why is this drug becoming so popular?
Has it been glamourized by television series such as breaking bad?
When in fact, there isn’t anything particularly glamorous about crystal meth at all. Making users feel anxious and unable to sleep, crystal meth effects are quickly visible with changes (dulling) of the skin and hard healing sores. Dry mouth and painful rotting teeth and the onset of paranoia making it all seem even worse. Most frightening of all with today education, is crystal meth being used during sex parties, being injected and loosening inhibitions leading to higher risk of HIV and AIDS.
In fact, in series such as breaking bad, there is not one mention of the of HIV and AIDS nor does is feature any addicts from the LGBT community.
Stereotypical links, and unfortunately high statistical facts, are meaning Meth and homosexuality are now highly associated with each other.
Crystal meth in the gay community is becoming an epidemic and in certain studies as many as 25% of gay men have admitted to using crystal meth during sex in an act now known as ‘Chemsex’. When ‘tweaking’ it is claimed that the act of sex and staying ‘up’ can last from 4-12 hours with parties going on for up to 9 days.
And, it’s not the young party boys using this drug. The increase of use in the 50+ community is rising with most not even knowing the drug exists until their late 30’s.
But is crystal meth solely a ‘gay drug’?
Although the use of crystal meth in the LGBT community is at an all time high meth is beginning to replace Viagra in the heterosexual community used for lasting in bed longer and aiding in long lasting erections.
Crystal meth can increase the brains dopamine release (the natural feel good chemical) by 12 times. This is up to 3 times the effect provided by other drugs with the likes of cocaine having the ability the increase dopamine by 4 times. This means meth is effectively hijacking the natural systems in your brain. The natural dopamine high produced by the brains neurotransmitters quickly becomes not enough to satisfy and the systems responsible for the reproduction of dopamine can quickly shut down with increased drug used. This leads to the brain needing a ‘fix’ just to feel normal.
Meth is highly addictive and becoming easier to obtain. It’s important that the awareness is raised prior to the crystal meth epidemic becoming out of hand.
If you need help with Crystal Meth Addiction or know someone who does, please contact Help4Addiction on 0203 955 7700.