Dopamine, Shabu, and You

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.

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How Meth Causes Depression

Meth or shabu affects the part of the brain that regulates mood. This part of the brain releases brain chemicals called dopamine and serotonin, which causes feelings of euphoria, confidence, and bliss. When you first take meth, you will feel a deep sense of happiness or euphoria. This feeling can then drive you to want to take meth again, until you develop a habit.

What you don’t realize, however, is that as soon as the feel-good feeling subsides, it is immediately replaced by a deep sense of sadness. This is because the dopamine levels in the brain suddenly plummet when the effects of meth wear off. You become depressed, and even suicidal. Usually, this will also cause you to seek out shabu again.

Long-Term Psychosis for Meth Users

Psychosis is one of the effects of meth or shabu, especially for those who are heavy users or have been using for many years. It is characterized by delusion and hallucinations. This drug-induced psychosis is common because long-term and heavy use of shabu changes your brain chemistry. In fact, psychotic episodes can even be present even long after you have stopped using meth.

Brain Damage Caused By Shabu

Meth is a neurotoxin, which means it has very negative and destructive effects on the brain. In fact, it can kill the nerve cells in your brain. It targets the nerve cells that produce dopamine and serotonin, disrupting the brain’s normal functions. Over time, your brain will start to deteriorate, as it shows the classic signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Fortunately, you can recovery from the negative effects of shabu on your brain. Abstaining from the drug for a minimum of two years can already show some partial restoration to your brain’s normal chemical environment. This will than cause you to regain the lost mental and emotional functions that you have lost while you were in active addiction.


To find out how you can get started on abstaining from shabu and leading a healthier, better life sober, contact us at Bridges of Hope. Call or text us at 09175098826.

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