Methamphetamine & the Body: Eyes, Skin, Organs

Methamphetamine & the Body: Eyes, Skin, Organs

Methamphetamine, in all of its forms, is a highly destructive drug. Not only are there huge detriments to someone’s mental and emotional state and the constant, intense risk of addiction,  as well as the social and professional implications of using methamphetamines, but there is also a myriad of physical detriments as well. The destructive effects of methamphetamines are prevalent from someone’s mental and emotional state to their own physical body, and meth’s effects on the body can take many forms from meth eyes and meth rash to meth sores and meth acne. The signs of meth usage range from behavioral changes and overall physical appearance to even very specific changes in someone’s eyes, skin, and organs. 

Overall Health Effects of Methamphetamine

Methamphetamines are highly addictive, powerful stimulants that cause a myriad of physical and mental effects on the user. The signs of an addiction to methamphetamine can develop in a number of ways, but there are some common traits that can be shared between those who are addicted to methamphetamines. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia are all very common, as well as persistent confusion, leading to further mood swings and even violent outbursts. These emotional effects can develop over time, or set in very quickly depending on each individual, and the immediate effects that they can have on someone suffering from addiction, as well as their families and loved ones, is very intense. 

Some of the various physical effects that the use of methamphetamines can have on someone can include a sudden and severe loss of weight. This can be the result of a poor diet and meth’s ability to almost entirely eliminate someone’s appetite. As someone begins to prioritize using methamphetamines over even eating, the weight loss and dehydration can be drastic, and bring along all of the common effects associated with dehydration and malnutrition. 

Nosebleeds can become common as snorting can cause damage to the tissue and nasal canals, and twitching can become a common occurrence both while someone is awake, or even while they sleep. “Meth mouth” is another common occurrence, that involves someone’s mouth becoming ripe with a variety of tooth and gum issues. Tooth decay and tooth loss are common, and acid erosion and tooth fracture can also set in quickly, all causing an array of dental and oral issues that are commonly irreversible unless addressed immediately at their onset. Methamphetamine’s effects on one’s body are extensive and often compound with each other to create a number of debilitating symptoms and circumstances that can greatly inhibit one’s ability to function normally on a social or biological level, requiring professional help in order to address the various physical, mental, and emotional impacts that come with the prolonged use of meth. 

What Does Meth Do to Your Eyes?

Someone’s eyes on methamphetamine can be very telling when it comes to determining their usage. The most common sign is the development of dark circles under and around someone’s eyes. What drugs cause dark eye circles can include methamphetamines, heroin, and various other opiates, and dark eye circles can become more pronounced due to methamphetamine’s destruction of the user’s appetite. Dehydration, malnutrition, and the fatigue that comes with insomnia as a side effect of the use of methamphetamines all play a part in the development of these dark eye circles and are all signs that can be seen in the eyes on meth. Redness of meth users’ eyes is also a common side effect, as well as constant twitching of the eyelids, and very rapid eye movements. 

Pupils on drugs themselves are also very telling. Pupils on methamphetamine can become dilated and droopy, while other drugs, such as heroin or other opiates, can cause someone to develop pinpoint pupils. These pupils can inhibit someone’s vision as the eyes are no longer able to take in the necessary amount of light in order to properly see. Under normal circumstances, the pupils would be able to dilate or constrict depending on the amount of light present. However, someone’s pupils on drugs can inhibit their ability to function normally and lead to various other eye problems. 

Other Problems With Eyes on Meth

Redness, dilated or pinpoint pupils, and dark circles are the most instantly observable side effects of drugs on the eyes. However, it can lead to a few other persistent issues. Prolonged drug use can cause someone’s vision to begin deteriorating early, as the eyes begin to prematurely age. This leads to a worsening vision far earlier in life than someone would normally experience, and further adds to the dark eye circles as premature aging effects set in. Someone’s eyes may become almost permanently dry, and it is possible that the eye twitches that someone begins to experience may become a persistent, irreversible problem. 

What Does Meth Do to Your Skin?

Meth’s effects on the body extend to even the surface of the user’s skin. For someone suffering from an addiction to methamphetamines, it is common to experience a perpetual dry or cracking skin, and exceptionally dry fingertips. It is also common to begin to develop acne, especially around the lips, which can create further issues when compounded with developing meth mouth. Meth, just like developing dark circles around someone’s eyes, can cause much of someone’s skin to begin aging earlier than otherwise anticipated, and can be riddled with redness, or even meth rash or meth sores. Meth acne can also develop, especially around the mouth and lips, and can continue to irritate the skin when compounded with poor hygiene. effects of meth on the body

Developing abscesses are also common occurrences as someone can begin to compulsively pick at their own skin after frequent use of methamphetamines. The side effects of meth can cause someone to feel as if there is something on, or even just beneath, the surface of their skin, and will be impulsive in trying to remove the irritation. This can cause ulcers and abrasions to become prevalent on someone’s entire body and can cause redness and open sores to be a constant source of further discomfort. The dry skin caused by malnutrition and premature aging can accentuate the detriments of picking at one’s skin and can further the severity of meth sores, and also inhibit the body’s natural recovery process. 

Depending on the way that someone engages with methamphetamines, burn marks may also be present across one’s body. Track marks from intravenous injections also have difficultly healing and can cause bruising around the injection site. These marks, along with the meth sores and meth rash, can all be near impossible to hide on one’s person. However, many of these sores and dryness can be remedied with proper care, nutrition, and medication after someone has decided to enter a recovery program and stop using methamphetamines. 

Meth’s Effects on Your Organs

There are many effects that the usage of drugs, including methamphetamines, has on the internal organs of the user. Due to methamphetamine’s effects that inhibit neural pathways within the brain, persistent use of drugs can cause someone to have difficulty creating new memories, or even recalling old memories. Prolonged use of methamphetamines, along with the damage to the eyes, can also cause people to develop epilepsy as a result of their consistent drug use. The permanent damage that is done to the blood vessels can further damage to the brain, as well as one’s heart and circulatory system. Not only does this inhibit blood flow, but also decreases the ability for the body to properly scab over open sores or lesions, leaving sores open longer, furthering the detriments to the body. 

Along with the damage to the blood vessels, methamphetamines can also cause increased blood pressure, which can lead to a higher chance of heart attacks, strokes, and increase the risk of death due to a heart-related issue. 

beating meth addictionDamage to the liver, despite its exceptional self-repairing properties, can also become irreversible. The liver is the organ primarily responsible for breaking down toxins and various harmful chemicals that enter the body, including drugs and alcohol. However, it can be overworked, leading to various liver diseases that need extensive medical attention. Depending on how the methamphetamines are being ingested, the methamphetamine’s effect on the body can include damage to the nasal canal and nasal tissue if snorted, skin and tissue damage related to track marks on the arm, or respiratory issues if smoked. Respiratory issues can include many things, from decreased lung capacity to overall organ failure or pulmonary disease. 

Someone’s organs, skin, and eyes on methamphetamine can be very telling. The issues involved with meth’s effects on the body are both immediate and long-lasting, and the malnutrition and dehydration that come with the use of drugs can make it very difficult for the body to utilize its own healing processes. If these issues are addressed quickly and properly, much of the damage can be mitigated. However, prolonged use of methamphetamines can cause irreversible damage that may persist even after someone has entered a recovery program. Noticing the signs of the physical damage that methamphetamines have on the body early can help someone get the proper care they need in order to help them regain control over their bodies and move towards a healthier lifestyle.

 

There are a wide array of physical and mental detriments that come with the prolonged use of methamphetamines, as well as with the usage of many other drugs and alcohol. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or you are beginning to notice any of the physical or mental effects that may be caused by a loved one’s drug use, contact Chateau Recovery today. Chateau Recovery can help you personalize your own program with a wide array of therapeutic approaches and strategies available, and can work with your and your unique situation in order to help you develop your own path to sobriety. For more information on the various programs offered, or to speak to a trained staff member about the various detriments associated with the usage of methamphetamines and how they may impact your situation, call Chateau Recovery today at (435) 222-5225.

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