LOOK: How Meth Changes Your Appearance–for the Worse

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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 What Makes People Seek Shabu

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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:

  • flashing lights
  • bright colors
  • sounds, like music
  • being in a place frequented while using
  • smells
  • cigarette smoke
  • environments
  • people
  • memories
  • strong feelings
  • 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.

How to Recognize a Meth Addict in Your Home

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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

Is Your Teen Using? How to Spot Drug Paraphernalia

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Drug paraphernalia is easy to spot if you know where to look. For parents of kids or partners of adults who are abusing drugs, it’s important to know how to spot drug paraphernalia and know for sure if your loved ones need professional drug addiction treatment.

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4 Stages of Addiction: How a Taste Turns to Addiction

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Contrary to popular belief perpetuated by addiction myths, addiction doesn’t happen overnight.

Addiction is a disease and there are people who are more prone to developing this than others. Still, everyone who develop the addiction goes through these 4 stages.

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Dopamine, Shabu, and You

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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

Double Addiction: Stimulant Drug Abuse and Sex Addiction

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There is a large and growing subgroup of drug users who also engage in problematic sexual behavior. You will be surprised to know that here in the Philippines, in our rather conservative, predominantly Catholic society, drug-fueled sex parties are more common than you think. Read More

How Low Self-Esteem Can Lead to Addiction

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People with low self-esteem are often more predisposed to developing addictions. Find out what links low self-esteem with the addictive personality.

How you view yourself affects your life. If you have low self-esteem, this can affect how you accept the experiences and events in your life. Those who have low self-esteem usually finds it hard to experience genuine satisfaction and happiness in their lives. They also find it hard to appreciate the things that they have. This will make them have attention-seeking behavior for approval. They may also turn to abusing drugs and alcohol or engaging in addictive activities in order to seek solace. Read More

Top 5 Careers with High Risk of Substance Abuse

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There are certain professions that have been found to have more people struggling with substance abuse. These people are using drugs or alcohol more commonly than in any other profession or industry, also making them at high risk for developing addictions.

There are many factors that bring a person to use drugs or alcohol. Genes, environment, and early introduction to these substances are just some of the factors. However, one of the biggest reasons why they turn to these substances is to cope with high level of job-related stress and anxiety. Read More

Shabu and Your Baby: Effects of Meth on Pregnancy

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There are many negative effects of meth on pregnancy, which put you and your baby at risk. However, not everyone are aware of these risks. The sad and dangerous truth is, many women who are pregnant are addicted to meth and therefore continue to use.

According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), there are an estimated 4.7 drug users in the country. This means, according to the Agency, that there is one drug personality in every 8 households in the country. Their drug of choice: methamphetamine or shabu. Read More