How do people get addicted to drugs while others don’t? Some may be using drugs for several years and not be addicted, while there are those who may have tried drugs for just a short while and become hooked almost instantly. Why does this happen?
These are just some of the many questions surrounding drug use and addiction. The truth is, substance addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes way more than just the will to stop. In fact, drugs change the brain in hard-hitting, often irreversible, ways that many will still find themselves seeking drugs even after recovery. Read More
Meth or methamphetamine is commonly known here in the Philippines as shabu. It’s one of the most widely abused drug here. That’s why shabu addiction is a big problem across the country. This has also prompted the government to wage a war on drugs and double down on its efforts to catch drug lords, traffickers, and pushers, as well as rehabilitate those who are struggling with addiction. Read More
With drug use and drug addiction on the rise, business is definitely booming for drug dealers. However, unlike all other businesses, this kind of business isn’t something you can get out of alive. Even as a drug user, you’ll eventually see how drugs can ruin not just your life but that of your family’s and the community in general.
Here in the Philippines, drug dealers abound. They are even known to hang around schools, enticing young children and students to get a taste of their wares. Read More
Meth with weed, or having weed laced with meth may not be common, but it’s possible. Many people, especially those who buy weed from the streets, may not know that their weed is mixed with meth. However, there are those who intentionally mix meth with weed for a variety of reasons. Read More
Meth and cocaine are both psychostimulant drugs, which means that they have mind-altering effects. Both may come as a white powder, and they are also compared because they have almost the same effects. Meth and cocaine also have a high potential to be abused. Read More
Meth is a highly addictive drugs, and its horrifying effects can have long-term effects that could be irreversible, such as psychosis, anhedonia (inability to experience happiness, and brain damage).
This is why it’s always better to get addiction treatment sooner rather than later.
To give you perspective on how meth changes you, here’s a video of the before and after photos of meth users.
WATCH this video of “The Faces of Meth”:
For those who haven’t tried meth, this video hopes to dissuade you from ever trying. And for those who are already using meth, don’t wait until your appearance changes for the worse like this.
The Horrifying Effects of Meth on Your Appearance:
Skin. Meth can cause widespread acne as well as dry skin. It may also cause you to experience extreme itchiness, to the point that you feel like you have bugs crawling under your skin. This can cause you to obsessively scratch and pick at your sores.
Change in face shape. Meth can cause you to not have the appetite to eat, which can lead to weight loss, which in turn results to a gaunt and emaciated look.
Meth mouth. Meth users eventually lose their teeth. This is because meth can cause you to have dry mouth, which can cause decay in your teeth. Poor hygiene as well as involuntary teeth grinding common to meth users, can also further rot away your teeth.
Aging. A meth addict’s appearance will always look older than they really are.
Get help now. Bridges of Hope is here to provide private, secure, effective, and affordable addiction rehab treatment. Talk to our counselors and addiction professionals to know more: 09175098826.
Meth triggers can lend a person powerless. They are led more by these meth triggers and seem to have no control over their drug use. Understanding meth triggers can help you overcome your addiction.
Meth is one of the world’s most addictive drugs. It’s also the most dangerous. After one taste, users usually seek it to get high and soon, they change their lives to feed the compulsion. This is turn can quickly develop into addiction, which can lend people to destruction.
For those who are already addicted to meth, it’s important to understand the meth triggers that push them to use.
Some of the most common meth triggers include:
sounds, like music
being in a place frequented while using
idleness or bordedom
In the video below, you’ll take a look at some of the meth triggers of other real-life meth users. This can help you understand your own triggers and overcome your cravings.
Dealing with Triggers in Recovery
Many people who are even in recovery can have triggers, and these can lead them to relapse. For those who are newly out of rehab, it’s best to keep them away from any triggers that they may encounter. This is a task that the recovering individual and their family should work together to maintain.
With time and a strong commitment to sobriety, the triggers will fade away and sobriety will be easier to maintain.
For help overcoming your addiction for good, seek professional help. At Bridges of Hope, we can help you achieve life-long recovery and sobriety. Call or text us at 09175098826.
It could be your partner or spouse, your sibling, parent, grandparent or close relative. Meth addiction can infiltrate any home without you even knowing. Here are ways to identify if there is a meth addict living right under your nose and what you can do to help them.
Addiction is not only a person’s disease–it affects the family and community too. In our country, where the widespread manufacture, trafficking, and selling of meth, or shabu, is common throughout cities and provinces, coming across a meth addict is inevitable.
A meth addict can be anyone. After all, addiction doesn’t choose its victim. Regardless of age, background, income, job, or educational attainment, anyone can be addicted, especially when it comes to meth. Read More
Whether you smoke, snort, eat, drink, or inject shabu (or meth), it eventually ends up in your bloodstream and to your brain. Find out the effects of shabu on your body and your brain–on you.
Methamphetamine (meth), or locally known here in our country as shabu, is a powerful stimulant drug that is also highly addictive. Those who take meth experience drastic and dramatic short- and long-term changes in their body and brain activity. These changes also trigger behavioral changes. Read More
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