style=" color:#090909">The term "slammer in the house" comes from the white house as has been lots of rumors that then President Kennedy was injecting some kind of boost medication, conspiracy theory has it that must have been Crystal Meth, there for the Gay men in S.F call it with the above name.
I am not against slamming but I am not going to support it either, I witness massive change on someone's changing behaviour instant when they slam, they become someone else, something else, if you don't know them you 'll think these people are mad, paranoid, psychotic the list, the buzz you get is next to nothing else and it last for 4-5 hours, the energy is massive but expect to have the comedown which is equal massive.
Very popular for sex parties cause when you slam you loose yourself in that cloud of speed and extreme volume of senses, everything becomes more sensitive , more dis arable, more sexy, touching someone's skin is like touching something Divine, and of course sex follows with no limits , .
you give 100% of yourself to sex and one becomes very selfish cause it's all about them and nothing else is matter, now imagine 10 men slamming and they all want the same thing, they all become selfish, the result is for an hour all of them want to have sex but they can't so they are going around and around causing chaos and at the end no one gets what he wants, .
it can be messier as 10 male selfish testosterone fighting each other, believe me not a good look, I never slam and I never will, I have addictive personality and I know I will like it, there for me this will be my death sentence.
On the medical and health issue though slamming is the healthiest way to take Crystal Meth, I spoke with several doctors and they all gave me the same answer, when you snort it destroys your nose throat, ears, and part of your Lungs, smoking is very dangerous as it crystallises in your Lungs most possible early death due to Lung failure, .
slam is going straight to the blood, on to the Liver and the Liver cleanse everything in 24 hours, your https://www.gaysinthecity.com/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=2375&type=image&TB_iframe=1body is back to normal.
Now there are the other portions of men who when they slam they loose their minds to paranoia, these are dangerous men to be with, avoid them at all cost. they create stories and they are so believable when the accuse you of anything that you fall to their lies, I 've been accused of pimp someone and I was getting £300 from everyone he had sex with, he was so convinced this is happening and demanded £150 to himself,.
hat day he slept with at list men , I had to throw him out, two days after he apologise but the damage is done, another one accused me of calling the police against him cause I wanted him in prison, I met the guy 3 hours before the accusation, he was screaming , I loose my patience with these people and I make things worse ,
you suppose to be calm and to make them feel calm and secure but I shout. one guy in Hamstead area classic Crystal Meth freak wouldn't let me leave his house cause I stole 2 grams of Crystal from him, he had it in his secure deposit but he said I am good with computers there for to open his deposit it was far too easy,.
I didn't know he had a deposit and where it was, but according to him I did it. I nearly punch the guy but it was his house I respect it him, however, I ask him to talk to me like this if we go outside his house but he refused, I was about to kill him.
Stories about paranoia and slam coming from everywhere, the stimulation is so powerful that some brains can not sustain the chemical and them go mad, as selfish as you are when you slam the worse the stories get and they are so convinced they are real stories, some of them even after the effect goes still they believe they are right and the actual imagine story they create is real, to those people I do feel, something.
The injection in practice is another issue, some of them they know how to inject but most of them they have no idea, I was with an Australian man , he had no idea about slamming, 3 hours after the needle bent , his arm was covered with blood, not a sexy look , we couldn't have sex afterwards cause the blood put me off, so face extra care when you do it. Five years ago I was not allowed anyone to slam in my house, a number of men I throw out it was unbelievable, these days I am more relax about it.
Slammers please before you slam to make sure you trust the people you are with and the place you are in, if you feel insecure don't do it , you going to end up looking twats and destroy everyone's night, before you start creating your story and make someone's life miserable just think if this is right or wrong .
and last for all those who suffer from Depression or any other psychological problems and they take medication please don't touch Crystel Meth is against your medication and the way you are at this stage of your life, you ar killing yourselves by doing so, as for all the others, sex pigs, sex addicts i will see you soon somewhere who knows where but I am sure it will be soon.
The number of men using drugs in a sexual context quadrupled in two years and could be linked to a disturbing rise in HIV infection rates Three times as many gay and bisexual men in London inject drugs than in England as a whole, according to new analysis, which also found that four times as many use crystal meth in the capital than across the rest of the country.
The figures, compiled by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), reinforce experts’ warnings of a “meteoric” rise in the number of gay men injecting drugs such as mephedrone, GHB or crystal meth, in the capital.The trend – known as “slamming” – gives users a more intense high and commonly takes places at sex parties which can go on for several days, according to experts; they warn that the trend could be linked to a disturbing rise in HIV infection rates.
The number of men injecting in a sexual context quadrupled between 2011 and 2013, according to Antidote, the UK’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender drug and alcohol support service. More than 60 per cent of their clients injected drugs last year. This is double the number who injected in 2010. Nine years ago, fewer than 1 per cent were injecting drugs.
Antidote has been “overwhelmed” by men presenting with health conditions from the sexualised use of these drugs – which increase libido while decreasing sexual inhibition. Reports of men sharing needles and sleeping with, on average, five to 10 partners per drug-using episode, have rung alarm bells.“It’s become somewhat destigmatised,” said Antidote’s David Stuart, who is believed to be the country’s first drug counsellor specialising in sexual health“You can go on Grindr or other apps ... and you can see the world of slamming is glamorised. A man will say: ‘Yeah, I slam.’ But if you ask him if he’s an addicted drug user, he’ll say: ‘F**k off’.”
Tina and Slamming - A Report on Crystal Meth in a Sexual Context
Recent years have seen a rise in the use of crystal meth (Tina) and intravenous drug use (slamming) in the European gay scene. This 'super speed' is popular among some gay networks in the Netherlands. We researched these two phenomena and published the findings.
Leon Knoops, fieldworker at Mainline, interviewed men who use meth in a sexual context. Together with SOA AIDS the Netherlands - Mainline published a report with the findings.
A major European study conducted by EMIS in 2010 among MSM revealed that the Netherlands tops the list for substance use(1). The rate of substance use among MSM before or during sex is higher than in the general population
The use of chemical substances during sex is called ‘chemsex’. In the European Drug Report 2014, the European drug monitoring agency EMCDDA noted an increase in chemsex in Europe within some sub-groups of MSM. According to the EMCDDA, ‘close monitoring of the issue is a public health priority
This report describes two relatively new trends regarding chemsex in the Netherlands: the use of crystal meth (tina) and the practice of injecting drugs (slamming). ‘Tina’ and ‘slamming’ are slang terms, and are typically used within the MSM scene. Although up-to-date figures are lacking, it is believed that both the group of MSM that use crystal meth and those that slam are still relatively small. However, a plurality of signs indicates that it is a growing phenomenon
This report describes the experiences of 27 men who have had some experience with crystal meth. Among them are 20 that have also had some experience with slamming. Firstly, this report provides an insight into a world that has remained largely hidden from view. The men’s stories reveal the problems they face, where the knowledge gaps exist and what information and support these men need.
It also describes how their contact with GPs and caregivers in the drug-treatment, HIV and STI support services o"en end in disappointment. In addition to issues relating to treatment, MSM that use crystal meth encountered a lack of knowledge of crystal meth, chemsex and slamming among the various professional groups.
This status report aims to contribute towards raising the level of knowledge among professionals about this group and their lifestyle. The report outlines the context of chemsex, crystal meth use and slamming, and makes recommendations for the development of adequate prevention and care services.
Mainline and Soa Aids Netherlands do not aim to problematise chemsex. MSM that use substances in conjunction with sex typically do so to enhance their enjoyment of sex, and this personal choice is not necessarily a problem in itself.
However this report, and other research, shows that there is more than one reason why chemsex has the potential to become problematic. This risk exists primarily where chemsex involves particular substances and routes of administration, such as crystal meth and slamming.
Crystal meth is a very powerful drug, which due to its euphoric effect and its ability to increase sensory perception is o"en used in conjunction with sex. Frequent use of crystal meth can in due course pose serious risks to physical, sexual and mental health. These include risks arising from reckless or incorrect use due to a lack of information, or risks arising from use in combination with other substances.
The slamming route of administration may also pose additional risks. Furthermore, there is a risk of developing physical and psychological problems due to overuse as well as the risk of becoming drug dependent.Another health problem lies in the potential transmission of HIV and other STIs while under the influence of drugs.
Due to the strong disinhibiting effect of drugs, intentions to practice safe sex or to take risk-reduction precautions can be overruled by the impulse to engage in sexually risky behaviour. Numerous studies have established a relationship between chemsex and sexually risky behaviour, and revealed that STIs such as HIV and hepatitis C tend to occur at higher rates in sexual networks where drugs are used. In recent years,
Mainline and Soa Aids Netherlands have been alerted with increasing frequency by MSM about the growing use of crystal meth in their milieu. The stories that trickled in about the suicides of crystal meth users testified to the serious impact the drug can have on mental health.
Although these men also struggled with other issues, the stories suggest that the frequent use of crystal meth played a significant role in their downward spiral. In addition, medics working in HIV- and STI-care services occasionally turned to Mainline and Soa Aids Netherlands for answers in dealing with men who use crystal meth.
Crystal meth use has been observed for years in Southeast Asia, the United States and Australia, both amongst MSM and in the general population. For a long time in Europe, methamphetamine was only available in Eastern Europe. But data collected by EMCDDA shows that in recent years, methamphetamine laboratories have also been raided in Belgium and the Netherlands.
This may indicate a growing demand for the product in North-western Europe. Neighbouring Germany has reported a twenty-fold increase in the amount of methamphetamine intercepted in the past few years. In Norway and Sweden, crystal meth is o"en sold as ordinary amphetamine, and there’s been a sharp increase in both countries in the number of people reporting to drug-treatment clinics with methamphetamine addiction.
In Southern Europe (Greece), there’s been a sharp increase in the use of crystal meth among opiate users in particular. There methamphetamine is known as ‘shisha’. The indications from big cities like London and Paris are that in some subgroups of MSM, the primary mode of use is slamming. A large study carried out in London (the Chemsex Study 2014) revealed that drugs are o"en used during sex, crystal meth inparticular
The high rate of mobility of Dutch men in the international MSM scene could be an important accelerating factor in the rise of crystal meth. European research EMIS(1) shows that in 2010, on average, Dutch MSM visited a foreign city more o"en than MSM from other European countries. The average number of European trips by Dutch MSM was 2.5 per year.
The purpose of these visits was to a!end annual Gay Pride events, visit clubs and dance parties, and a!end chemsex parties. Besides London and Paris, the most frequently visited cities were the ‘gay capitals’: Berlin, Barcelona and Madrid. The use of crystal meth in chemsex is relatively high in these cities.From fieldwork carried out between 2012 and 2015 on dating sites and apps for MSM,
Mainline found that crystal meth was becoming increasingly popular among this group. References to this substance appeared with increasing frequency in people’s profiles. MSM were giving direct or indirect indications that they were seeking sex involving crystal meth.
By and large, this group rarely uses the term ‘crystal meth’. Rather, they’ll typically refer to ‘tina’, or simply ‘T’, or use an uppercase ‘T’ in words that include a ‘t’. At the same time, there were MSM that indicated their explicit opposition to having sex with men who used crystal meth during sex.
Men were rarely explicit in their profiles about wanting to slam on a sex date. Those who were explicit about wanting this o"en indicated their desire by stating that they wanted to come ‘to the poinT’.
This online research by Mainline also revealed that with the growing popularity of crystal meth use among certain groups of MSM, the number of online dealers was rising. The supply of crystal meth was initially limited to a small number of dealers operating for the most part within the Randstad. In the last year of the fieldwork,
Mainline found that more than half of the online dealers were now offering crystal meth, in addition to ecstasy, GHB, mephedrone, ketamine and cocaine. The increase in both the demand for crystal meth and the number of dealers offering the drug has led to a drop in price. Crystal meth is still an expensive drug, but the falling price has probably lowered the barrier to using it. In the course of 2013,
Mainline’s fieldworkers saw growing signs of a high level of drug use among male sex workers. This led to a collaboration with P&G292 (GGD Amsterdam’s prostitution and health centre) to begin investigating drug use during sex work by male and transgender sex workers.
The aim of the study was to gain more insight into the nature and function of substance use during sex work, and to find out whether a relationship exists between substance use and sexually risky behaviour. Some respondents admi!ed to using crystal meth.
They claimed they were able to earn more when using the drug because it enabled them to go on for longer and made it easier to engage in more extreme sex practices. Some indicated that sex work under the influence of crystal meth o"en didn’t involve condoms, and that the drug was o"en injected in an unsafe manner
The persistent indications of the growing use of crystal meth by MSM were grounds for Mainline to research the issue further in 2014. MSM that had had some experience with crystal meth were recruited to participate in semi-structured interviews. These interviews were initially exploratory in nature. The aim was to gain more insight into both the nature and the extent of use.
It became clear from these exploratory interviews that chemsex under the influence of crystal meth was not limited to a few individuals or a single network. Thus Mainline decided to interview more MSM that use crystal meth. The interviews also revealed that there were MSM that rarely or never used crystal meth, but did slam other drugs
8It became clear in the course of 2014 that many of the respondents had a considerable need for information about crystal meth and its use. The need for assistance regarding dependence on the drug was also considerable. On the subject of STIs, the primary need was for information on the prevention of the transmission of hepatitis C.
(See Chapters 6 and 9.) One-third of respondents had hepatitis C or had had this infection. All the men who reported this were HIV-positive. No one appeared to have questions about HIV. For instance, none of the respondents needed information about adherence to HIV treatment.
However, a minority of HIV-positive respondents said their viral load was not always undetectable, but fluctuated slightly. A detectable viral load increases the risk of HIV transmission.
Mainline discussed its findings with Soa Aids Netherlands. These organisations then decided to put together a joint status report on the subject, the result of which is before you. The findings from Mainline’s fieldwork are supplemented by research among professionals in the field of drug-treatment, mental health, HIV and STI care.
The interviews with these professionals were held in the spring of 2015. The results of these interviews are covered in Chapter 10. In addition, we conducted a review of the existing publications (chapter 3) and mined data obtained in the Netherlands regarding the use of crystal meth and the slamming of drugs
Conclusions and recommendations formulated on the basis of this report are set out in Chapter 11. In this abbreviated English version of the report, the focus is on the fieldwork data and crystal meth.
The background information from existing publications, the quantitative data about the Dutch situation and the data from the interviews with the professionals are not included in this English translation.
CHEMS AND CHEMSEX
Chems (short for chemicals) is MSM slang for drugs. For the purpose of this report, ‘chemsex’ stands for use of drugs in conjunction with sex. This deviates from the definition of the term as understood in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United States, chemsex is commonly taken to mean ‘sex under the influence of crystal meth, GHB/GBL or mephedrone’.
In the United Kingdom, chemsex is also used to describe sex under the influence of ketamine and cocaine. Mainline and Soa Aids Netherlands are of the opinion that the specific hard drugs used are of minor importance, as are the routes used to administer a drug. What’s important is which drugs MSM themselves associate with chemsex.
This report therefore uses the broadest definition of the term chemsex: all drugs used in conjunction with sex, with the exception of alcohol, cannabis and poppers. As such, this report relates specifically to the way MSM communicate about the practice of using drugs in conjunction with sex. Dutch MSM rarely use the term ‘chemsex’.
They mostly speak of ‘chems’ or say they’re ‘chem-friendly’. What they’re referring to when they say this is not so much the use of drugs in nightlife social se!ings, as substance use in conjunction with sex in a private se!in
Substances developed in laboratories with the specific purpose of creating mind-altering effects are called ‘designer drugs’. The way these substances work is o"en similar to that of the more readily accessible drugs, such as ecstasy, speed and cocaine. Because these substances consist of new chemical compositions, they are not initially illegal when they appear on the market.
They are also called ‘legal highs’, ‘new psychoactive substances’ (NPS) or ‘research chemicals’. Dozens of new designer drugs appear on the market every year, mostly via the internet.
At the moment, some sexual networks within the chemsex scene are experimenting a lot with the drugs 4-MEC, 3-MMC, methoxetamine (MXE) and 4-FA. If these drugs prove to enhance sexual experience, then their fame and popularity will rise rapidly
COMBINATION USE The simultaneous use of multiple substances is called ‘combination use’ or ‘poly-drug use’. A wide range of drugs are used during chemsex parties: ecstasy, MDMA, GHB, GBL, cocaine, speed, 4-MEC, mephedrone, 3-MMC, MXE, 4-FA and crystal meth.
These drugs are o"en used in combination with Viagra, Kamagra or other erectile-dys-function drugs. In this manner, the adverse effects of one drug are offset by the beneficial effects of a second or third drug. Sometimes the purpose of combination use is to eliminate the effects of another drug.
The combination of different drugs can also yield a completely new effect. Not all substances are suitable for use in combination with other drugs. The combination with new designer drugs entails additional risks: li!le or nothing is usually known about new chemical compositions and their interaction with other drugs.
The chemical methamphetamine, be!er known as crystal meth, is an enhanced form of amphetamine (speed). It is mainly available on the Dutch market in the form of white, glassy crystals. The drug can be snorted, swallowed, smoked or injected (slammed). Crystal meth is an ‘upper’, and thus belongs to the same group as cocaine and speed. Uppers stimulate the sympathetic nervous system: they act like an accelerator.
These substances make the user more alert and energetic, and raise the heart rate and blood pressure. Among MSM, crystal meth is mostly known as ’tina’. Outside the MSM scene, it is called T, meth, ice, glass, crystal, yaba, shabu and shisha. The effect of crystal meth lasts for five to eight hours, much longer than that of speed.
The duration and intensity of effect is determined by the dose, route of administration and by any developed tolerance to the drug. Crystal meth has a considerable sexually stimulating effect, making it more likely that its users overstep their sexual boundaries. Its effects include: intense euphoria, reduced response to pain stimuli, increased alertness, and a long-lasting ‘energy boost’.
Users feel confident and lose all sexual inhibition. Sex sessions can go on for days under the influence of crystal meth. The drug offers a much more intense experience than other substances. The hangover from taking crystal meth is called ‘coming down’. This dip can be very severe, and recovery o"en takes days. During and a"er coming down, many users experience a strong desire to take the drug again (‘craving’)
call the intravenous administration of drugs ‘slamming’. Slamming o"en involves crystal meth, although mephedrone, ketamine and most designer drugs can also be injected directly into the bloodstream. Slamming is a metaphor. The term refers to the loud slamming of a door and is based on the immediate, overwhelming effect of injecting a drug.
On account of this effect, slamming is seen as the most extreme mode of administering a drug. The first rush begins almost immediately a"er slamming and lasts for five to ten minutes. The use of needles carries additional health risks, such as vascular injury, abscesses, and a higher chance of overdosing.
When needles are shared with other users, there is also the risk of transmi!ing infections, such as HIV and hepatitis C. Slamming appears to increase the likelihood of developing a drug dependency, and of experiencing adverse effects on physical and mental health. Slamming is the commonly used term for the intravenous administration of drugs.
Occasionally, the term is also used within the slamming scene to refer to other modes of administering a drug:•muscling (injection into the muscle)•skin popping (injection under the skin)•booty bumping (rectal insertion through a syringe without a needle)In this report, ‘slamming’ is used to refer to the intravenous administration of drugs. In instances of other routes of administration, we employ the relevant commonly used name>
Tips for safer injecting
Slamming is dangerous, for all kinds of reasons – some are less obvious than others. If you haven’t started slamming – don’t. It can lead to a huge list of long-term physical and mental health problems and can make it extremely hard to get clean.
For the sake of your health and to lower the risk of addiction, switch to a non-injectable form of the drug if you can. But if you’re going to slam, here’s what you need to know.Learn the difference between a vein and an artery – injecting into an artery can kill. Arteries are deeper and harder to find than veins, but they sit very close together.
Arteries and veins
If you hit an artery, the blood will be brighter and will spurt rather than ooze It’ll be harder and more painful to inject your drugs, and the plunger will probably be forced back. It may contain frothy blood.
It you think you’ve hit an artery, pull out straight away and apply firm pressure to the injection site If the bleeding continues for more than five minutes, seek medical help at A&E, an NHS Walk-in Centre or a GP surgery. If you’re losing blood fast, call 999.
Use a new needle if you fail to find a vein straight away. To reduce the risk of collapsed veins avoid injecting into the same area. Avoid injecting into veins in your hand – they’re too small to handle it and could collapse.Collapsed veins may never recover. Injecting below the waist can cause serious circulation problems if a vein is damaged.
Never inject into a site that’s sore or swollen as this area may be infected or the vein may be blocked. Get to a doctor if an injection site is swollen for more than a few days, if it’s red, hot or tender or if there’s any serious bleeding, the skin changes colour, is sore or weeps.
Equipment and sharing
It’s important to get the right equipment, and never to share it. Here’s what to do.Use surgical swabs to clean the part of the body you plan to inject into (and swab after injecting too) to keep the area clean – or at least make sure you have soap and warm water to wash the area.
Know where to get clean injecting equipment and take back used equipment (you can do this at needle exchange programmes, some sexual health or GUM clinics, drug agencies and some chemists.
The temptation to share is often strongest when coming down from the drug, not before taking it.
Sharing with people you feel close to may feel safer – it’s not. Infections can easily spread between friends and lovers.
Have one container per slam – drawing up drugs from a shared one can risk contamination with infections like hepatitis C when the needle is dipped back in.
Don’t let one swab be used by different people – minute traces of blood on it can also spread hepatitis C.
Use fresh gloves for each person receiving an injection. Latex gloves worn for protection can still carry tiny amounts of infected blood between people if the person wearing them injects more than one person.
Preparing to inject
Choose a quiet, safe and clean place to inject – at home is best.
Use warm soapy water to wash your hands and wipe down the surface you’ll use to prepare your mix.
Make sure you have all your clean injecting equipment within reach: a syringe and needle, swabs, spoon or foil, water, filter, and tourniquet.
Have an approved sharps disposal bin or a bottle with a lid to put in used swabs and needles.
With a clean swab, wipe the spoon firmly in one direction. Don’t rub the swab up and down in two directions as this spreads any germs around the spoon.Put your drugs in the spoon. If sharing a mix with others, you must all have new sterile needles and syringes. It’s important no used equipment comes near a group mix.
Use a clean needle and syringe to draw the water up, sterile (boiled) water is best.
Add the water to the spoon and mix. If you’re using the blunt end of the barrel to mix your drugs, make sure it’s been cleaned.
Put a filter in the spoon – the best filter is a hand-rolling filter, cotton wool or a tampon.
Draw the solution up through the filter to remove impurities. If you’re injecting pills, use pill filters. If you can’t get pill filters, filter your mix at least three times.
Remove air bubbles by pointing the needle skywards and flicking the side with your fingernail. Push the plunger up slowly until the air bubbles escape through the eye of the needle.
Try not to touch anything that hasn’t been cleaned until you’ve finished injecting.
Warm your arm and let it hang down to build up blood pressure.
Use a tourniquet and place it above the site where you plan to inject. If you tie the tourniquet too tight you could cut off your blood supply and have difficulties finding a vein – you should still be able to feel your pulse.
With a clean swab, firmly wipe the injection site once.
Put the needle into your arm at a 45-degree angle with the hole facing up.
Pull back the plunger and blood should appear. If it doesn’t then you’re not in the vein. In that case you’ll need to pull the needle out, take the tourniquet off and apply pressure with a cotton ball to stop any bleeding.
When you’re sure the needle is in the vein, loosen the tourniquet before you slowly inject your drugs. If you feel pain or resistance, you may not be in the vein, in which case you’ll need to start again. Keeping the arm straight, remove the needle and apply pressure to the injecting site for a couple of minutes (use cotton wool or tissue). Don’t use a swab as this won’t stop the bleeding.
Flushing’ (drawing up blood through the needle, into the syringe, to mix with the drugs) won’t give you a bigger hit – it doesn’t increase the amount of drugs you inject. When you flush, it’s impossible to avoid some movement of the needle. This will further damage, and shorten the life of your veins.
One day you might feel you have no option but to share, so it’s useful to know how injecting equipment can be cleaned. However, it’s important to note that it’s never advisable to share needles as they can transfer viruses and bacteria and put you at risk of HIV and hepatitis B and C.
It’s impossible to guarantee that ‘cleaned’ equipment is safe to use. Although bleach can be effective when it comes to reducing the spread of hepatitis B and HIV from syringes, this isn’t the case when it comes to hepatitis C. The best course of action is to use new, clean equipment rather than taking a risk.
What Is Paranoia?
Paranoia is a distortion in the perception of one’s self and security. It causes them to think that everyone is conspiring against them. They exhibit a hostile behavior and may harm others. Also, they have a false sense of self-importance. It is a symptom of an underlying mental disorder. For example, schizophrenia or drug abuse. Yet, having paranoia does not mean they have a full-blown schizophrenia.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders provides criteria for classifying mental disorders. It says paranoia is not a disease in its own terms. In fact, it is a symptom of a complicated disorder. They call it Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD). Addicts who have a long history of meth abuse may develop a similar distortion in their thoughts. They call it meth paranoia. The risk is higher in those who smoke, snort or inject it. So, taking by mouth is less risky.
A Quick Overview Of Crystal Meth
Crystal meth is a crystalline form of Amphetamine. It has no medical value, and its use is illegal. But, Amphetamine is a proper medication. Doctors use it to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. It is one of the most abused illicit drugs in the world. A 2011 DEA report shows almost 12 million Americans used it at least once in their lifetime. Currently, meth abuse is a nationwide drug problem in the US.
What Are The Symptoms Of Meth Paranoia?
Listening to the voices that are not real Having irrational beliefs
Unusual perception of sound, vision, or touch
Moreover, some patients may have olfactory hallucinations. It means they sense the smell that is not present in the environment. Some may have a false belief that someone is aware of their thoughts.
Seeing things that do not exist
A false belief that they do not have any mental health issue. As a result, they do not need any treatment.
Experiencing a physical contact with an imaginary object or surface
Meth And Paranoia: Exploring A Complicated Link
The link between meth and paranoia is well known. In the medical world, they call it meth-induced paranoia (MIP) But, only a few studies have attempted to differentiate MIP from the paranoia due to other causes.Meth enhances the release of a brain chemical. They call it dopamine. As a result, it produces heightened alertness and euphoric feelings. Furthermore, it improves memory, language function, and processing of signals in the brain..
Many studies suggest an increased dopamine level may lead to the symptoms of schizophrenia. They call this “dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia.” In fact, many medications for schizophrenia reduce the brain dopamine level.
Long-term meth abuse may also cause some structural changes in the brain. Notably, the dopamine system is overactive in these patients.The changes in brain chemistry and structure have a combined effect on how you think and behave. As a result, you develop the classical symptoms of paranoia. They include hallucinations and changes in thought processing. Additionally, they may fail to respond normally to external stimuli.
Many researchers believe there is a link between meth and paranoia. Nonetheless, only a few studies have attempted to find a direct link. But, the association between meth abuse and psychosis is well established. They call it meth-induced psychosis or stimulant psychosis.
Psychosis is not a disease. Rather it is a symptom. In most cases, it is a hallmark of schizophrenia. A Study suggests meth-induced psychosis and schizophrenia may have a common genetic link.
The tendency of self-harm is high among the meth paranoia patients. Moreover, they may get illegal weapons to safeguard themselves.
Meth paranoia and other mental disorders have similar symptoms. For this reason, recognizing it is a challenge for the clinicians. Thus, they check your substance abuse history before starting treatment.
What You Can Do
If you or anyone you love has meth paranoia, talk to an addiction counselor. They can provide accurate information on a variety of addiction-related topics. Their knowledge and experience are invaluable to your journey to sobriety. In fact, with their guidance, you can expect a swift and complete recovery.
Addiction centers have every resource to help someone with an addiction. They have qualified medical professionals and individualized addiction treatment plans. Moreover, they also have provisions for auxiliary care.
For a person in the middle of a serious drug trip, hallucinations, confusion and raging emotions can make it feel as if he or she is teetering on the edge of insanity. Depending on the drug and the person, it very well might be true. In an issue of Marie Claire, singer Stacey "Fergie" Ferguson of the Black Eyed Peas describes a harrowing drug trip from crystal meth -- a drug known for its distressing psychological aftermath.
"I had about 20 different conspiracy theories. I painted the windows in my apartment black so they couldn't see in," Fergie told Marie Claire, explaining that she thought the FBI was after her during her brief addiction to methamphetamines around 2001. "
One day, when I was about 90 pounds, a guy comes up to me. ... I'm searching in the bushes for clues about whatever they're after me for. I'm in a cowboy hat and red lips. He hands me a muffin. I'm thinking, he's in on it," Fergie said.But for all of the horror in Fergie's FBI scare, she might have been at risk for something worse.
Morrison, the webmaster of the addiction support Web site, mysobrietyspace.com, has been sober for 28 years. But for the better part of a decade, his drug use came with emotional mood swings and occasional paranoia. "Once I quit drinking or getting stoned, the manic depression episodes got much better,"Morrison said.
At one point in 1979, Morrison became so paranoid about his drug use that he was convinced the Newport Beach, Calif., SWAT team was waiting at his apartment to bust him for an ounce of marijuana. He parked his cars two blocks from his apartment, hid his stash in an Los Angeles Times newspaper and laid still in the dark for the rest of the night. "I was thinking, 'oh wow, I beat them,'" he said. The next morning, he realized he'd thrown away his stash along with the newspaper.
"I went flying down the stairs in my underwear and jumped into the Dumpster and found it," Morrison said. When a neighbor caught him in the Dumpster, he realized the marijuana was causing too much trouble. "That's the precipice of insanity."
Cross, who is a frequent user of Morrison's Web site, agrees. She's currently worried about a friend at risk for schizophrenia who's also using methamphetamines. "It's the luck of the draw and are you willing to gamble? Because it does mess up your mind and some people don't snap out of it," she said.
Meth Psychosis: How Can Meth Use Cause Psychosis and Hallucinations
Methamphetamine, often shortened to meth, is an illicit drug that produces mind-altering effects. A potential side effect of abusing meth is meth psychosis, a mental health disorder that can affect a person’s senses and perceptions. People can experience meth-induced psychosis during a meth high or after the effects of the drug wear off.
What Is Meth Psychosis and What Does It Feel Like?
Psychosis is a mental disorder that affects a person’s thoughts and emotions, potentially causing extremely paranoid or imagining experiences. During psychosis, people can have hallucinations and delusions, often at the same time.A common question is,.h6>
“What is meth psychosis?” People who use meth for a consistent amount of time are at risk of experiencing psychosis, which causes people to experience delusions, hallucinations, and obsessive thoughts or behaviors. Another effect of meth psychosis is increased aggression toward other people and an inability to manage impulses. .h6>
When people become more impulsive and obsessive, they may pick at or scratch their skin causing visible wounds called meth sores.There are meth-abuse stories from people who have severely struggled with a meth addiction that can explain how dangerous the substance is.
What Causes Meth Psychosis and Who Is At Risk?
Meth is a stimulant drug that increases the brain’s activity and the production of the feel-good chemical dopamine. The increased dopamine creates an imbalance. This chemical alteration can cause psychosis, due to the rapidly changing amount of dopamine in the brain, and dramatic moods swings..h6>
Meth also interacts with certain areas of the brain that manage emotions and impulses like fear, aggression and fight-or-flight responses. Continued use of meth can overstimulate these areas of the brain and create an increased amount of paranoia or a desire to commit acts of violence. These impulses and emotions are common symptoms of meth psychosis..h6>
Anyone who abuses meth is at risk of developing meth psychosis. Whether someone uses the drug at the same dosage for a consistent amount of time or first uses the drug at a high volume, the stimulant is exceptionally potent and can significantly alter a person’s brain..
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