Meth is a highly addictive stimulant drug. It works by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS) and causing the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. These are known as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. When released in large amounts, they cause feelings of alertness, well-being, and euphoria. The CNS effects of meth include elevated blood pressure, increased metabolism, and a rapid heart rate. Meth addiction treatment in Lantana, Florida, can help you overcome addiction. What Does Meth Feel Like? Meth is similar in effect to other stimulant drugs, including cocaine. It creates feelings of intense pleasure and well being. Your problems fade into the background as long as the high lasts. Many people find themselves more sociable when using meth, and some find the stimulant effects bring focus and energy, which increases their productivity. There seems to be a grace period when meth is used in smaller amounts. You may feel happier, able to get more done, less depressed, and less anxious about your problems. Due to the increased metabolism and appetite suppression of meth use, you will likely begin losing weight as well. For those with depression, anxiety, demanding lifestyles, or obesity, meth can feel like a miracle drug. Unfortunately, the grace period will wear off soon. By the time you realize that meth is beginning to impact or even destroy your life, you are already addicted. Problems develop because of your use. These could be problems at work due to the inability to focus, health issues, and relationship issues as meth takes center stage in importance in your life. As the problems pile up, you may feel like your only solution is to use meth more often to avoid the worry and emotional pain you are experiencing. This vicious cycle is the result of the various effects of meth. Meth is also a longer-lasting drug than most, with the high lasting anywhere from 6-12 hours. This makes it easy for those with a meth addiction to stay high on the drug until they lose the ability to function normally when they are not on the drug. \u00a0Effects of Meth There is a wide range of effects of meth, and many of them are interconnected. A few of these effects are: \tA large increase in dopamine \tRelease of adrenaline \tInsomnia \tTweaking (hyper-focused obsessive behavior) \tParanoia or extreme anxiety \tDepression or inability to feel pleasure Dopamine In animal studies, the dopamine baseline is 100. Cocaine causes an increase to 350. Meth causes dopamine to increase to 1,250. This means that meth releases approximately three times the amount of dopamine that cocaine does. As dopamine receptors are damaged, and the brain adapts to the extremely high levels of dopamine, it becomes impossible to feel pleasure from normal activities. This can last anywhere from months to years after you stop using meth. Adrenaline The stimulant nature of meth can also cause large releases of adrenaline, the body's fight or flight chemical. This can cause elevated blood pressure and heart rate. It can also cause violent behavior, paranoia, and extreme anxiety. Insomnia Insomnia is another detrimental effect of meth. If you've ever pulled an all-nighter, you know that lack of sleep can have surprising effects on your mental processes. People who use meth may stay up for days or even weeks at a time in extreme cases. This can lead to impulsivity, delusions, paranoia, and impaired thinking. Tweaking All of these effects likely combine to cause what is known as tweaking. When someone is tweaking, they will be extremely focused on something. They may be unable to stop the activity even if they want to. Tweaking behaviors range from picking at the skin to taking things apart to "fix them." Recovery From Meth Addiction is Possible The effects of meth can destroy your life, but there is a better way. If you or someone you love is fighting a meth addiction, there is help available. Contact Lucida Treatment Center\u00a0at to find out how you can begin to get your life back today.