What Is The Potential For Addiction?

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6. Addiction- What is the potential for addiction? Is it physical or psychological? How severe is the addiction? Getting addicted to meth is not very hard. Because the dopamine release feels so pleasing, many people become obsessed and chase that feeling over and over again. Methamphetamine is known as one of the easiest drugs to become addicted to. The addiction is very severe, many people relapse after long periods without the drug. However, the more the drug is used, the harder it is to receive a “high”. Methamphetamine is both psychologically and physically addictive. The drug is known to be psychologically addictive because users have anxiety while in withdrawal to the drug. The drug is also physically addictive because the body…show more content…
The effects last for differing amounts of time depending on the person. However, the longer of withdrawals last ten weeks. There are two phases for withdrawal, being “the crash” and “the cravings”. The crash lasts a few days and the cravings last up to ten days. The crash entails a lot of sleeping and eating; the cravings are pretty self-explanatory in that the user feels an extreme need for methamphetamine. Side effects for withdrawal include sweating, suicidal thinking, weight gain, low energy, weakness, and depression. 8. Pregnancy- What happens to the baby? How does it affect the baby during pregnancy? How does it affect the child long term? The baby is affected during pregnancy by an increased risk of premature birth, smaller size, lethargy, placenta disconnected from the uterus lining, and abnormalities of the brain and heart. However, research is still being done and there is no absolute conclusion to the side effects of meth use during pregnancy. Another problem with research is that the test samples have been very small and inconclusive about how many different drugs the mothers had been using. After birth, the babies often have trouble focusing and increased stress which long term will make the baby’s life much more difficult. While in the mother’s body, researchers know the drug crosses directly through the placenta. However, researchers do not know whether the drug influences the fetus through the placenta or by
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