There are a number of known meth addiction symptoms that should come in handy in the early detection and control of abuse.
Meth addiction, just like all other forms of addiction, is always much easier to control and treat if it is detected while it is still in its early stages of formation. It becomes very difficult to treat meth addiction once it has taken root. As a matter of fact, methamphetamine, along with heroin, is ranked among the most addictive drugs in the world and meth addiction has a reputation of being one of the hardest addictions to treat.
This may be so because meth is a drug that affects the central nervous system of the body directly. In light of the above, it should be clear that the need to detect any meth addiction symptoms at an early stage cannot possibly be overstressed. It is only by identifying such meth addiction symptoms and placing the addict in treatment early enough that the problem of treating the addiction can be minimized or eliminated.
One of the most common meth addiction symptoms is repetitive behavior. Addicts tend to repeat their actions consistently a number of times without any need to do so. For instance, the addict may be seen to wash his or her body repeatedly or to dismantle and then re-arrange items over and over again. In most cases, the addicts usually engage in such repetitive behavior without being fully conscious that they are doing so. Their minds seem to be very far away at such times and the repetitive actions are controlled by their subconscious.
The second meth addiction symptom is weight loss. People who are addicted to meth often lose a lot of weight in a very short period of time. There is usually no immediate explanation for such weight loss as the addicts may appear to be in otherwise full health.
For the most part, the weight loss is a direct result of the action of the drug on the body, but it can also to some considerable extent be attributed to the indirect effects of meth. One of these indirect effects is loss of appetite. Abuse of meth is known to cause loss of appetite among its users. Since addicts eat very little, they lose weight rapidly.
Self-harm can be another of the common meth addiction symptoms. Many addicts repeatedly try to inflict some form of pain upon themselves, almost as if they were punishing themselves for some wrongdoing. The most common manifestations of such symptoms of self-affliction are head banging and hair pulling. The addict will bang his or her head against hard surfaces and tear out their hair. In some cases, there have been reports of addicts biting themselves.
Some addicts will scratch their skin until it becomes sore as a result of what they claim to be bugs crawling beneath their skin. Such sensations are commonly referred to as ‘crack bugs’. In severe cases where the addiction has been going on for a long time, more serious meth addiction symptoms such as severe dental decay and even psychosis may be witnessed.