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             Crystal Methamphetamine is one of the fastest growing drugs being used throughout the United States. Through the extensive research that was conducted for this paper it is apparent of the effects meth can have on a person and their family. Although Meth is not the only drug out there being consumed by people, it has the upper hand in the damage it causes to addicts and their families.
             Why is Crystal Meth so Addictive and What Damage does it Cause?.
             All addictive drugs have two things in common. They produce an initial pleasurable effect, followed by a rebound unpleasant effect. An amphetamine, through its stimulant effects, produces positive feeling, but when it wears off it leaves a person with the opposite feelings. When this occurs a chemical imbalance is created and the result is irritability that physically demands more of the drug to normal and feel good again. Amphetamines produce an artificial feeling of pleasure. Most addictive drugs are able to produce pleasurable effects by chemically mimicking certain normal brain messenger chemicals which produce positive feelings in response to signals from the brain. When the amphetamine molecule comes in through the blood system, it bypasses the natural nerve cells and causes the artificial release of normal, chemical messengers for positive feelings.
             Why Crystal Meth Takes Over Your Life.
             Methamphetamine, like other drugs, is able to short-circuit the survival system by artificially stimulating pleasure areas in your brain. As this happens, it leads to increase confidence in meth, and less confidence in normal life routines. Usually when this occurs the addict will be more interested in meth related activities, meth related people, and meth related environments.
             Withdrawals of Meth Use: Fact or Fiction?.
             Much to contrary belief meth users do suffer from withdraws as well as any other drug addict would. The severity and length of the symptoms vary with the amount of damage done to the body through amphetamine use.

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