People who become addicted to speed can experience severe and long-term, physical and psychological health problems. Recovering speed addicts are at-risk of developing cardiovascular complications, skin infections, tooth decay and loss, and problems with perception. Withdrawing from speed can trigger psychosis, paranoia, and delusions in the user. Long-term speed abuse can lead to permanent memory problems and issues with emotional regulation.
Current studies estimate that over half a million U.S. adults use speed every week. People abuse speed because it increases dopamine, energy levels, and focus. People who have demanding jobs are suffering from an underlying condition that slows them down, or who are pressured at school, are at risk of developing a speed addiction.
People who are addicted to prescription speed may doctor shop or steal their friends and family member’s prescriptions. Methamphetamine addicts will display a lot of outward signs of addiction, such as itching, dental issues, and scabs and scratches. Meth also leaves a distinct smell, and people who are addicted to it will use pipes and other tools to smoke, snort, or inject the substance.
Quitting speed is one of the best decisions an addicted person can make for their health. But, stopping without help can be as dangerous as the addiction itself. Speed withdrawals and timelines can last a long time and vary in intensity.