Crystal Meth AwarenessDid you know that November 30-December 6, 2014 is National Meth Awareness Week?To learn more about Meth Awareness Week, visit The Meth Project on Facebook at and Tumblr at, and follow the conversation online at #MethAwarenessWeek.

Recent Meth Articles from New Hope Recovery Center

We thought this would be a good opportunity to share articles we have written about Crystal Meth. 

Crystal Meth's Toxic Ingredients

Why Is Meth So Addictive?

32 Warning Signs for Crystal Meth Addiction

Signs of Meth Use

Crystal Meth and the Gay Community 

Crystal Meth Resources

There are a number of resources for dealing with Crystal Meth, locally and nationally.  Here are a few resources we find helpful:

Crystal Meth Anonymous (Chicago) - New Hope Recovery Center hosts 4 Crystal Meth Anonymous meetings each week: 2pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Nationally visit Crystal Meth Anonymous.

Meth Project - In addition to the national group, there are a number of state organizations as well:  Colorado Meth Project, Georgia Meth Project, Hawaii Meth Project, Idaho Meth Project, Montana Meth Project, and Wyoming Meth Project 

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Illinois Meth-net - Informational resources provided by the State of Illinois. Many other states affected by Meth provide similar resources.


Written By: New Hope Recovery Center

crystal meth addictionMethamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or meth, is a highly addictive drug.  It is an artificial substance made from very toxic materials, which can cause serious harm or death when handled or inhaled.  Methamphetamine is typically ingested, snorted, smoked or injected.  Although there are different formulas used to create meth, there are some main ingredients that are consistent.  Most ingredients are extremely flammable and can be lethal.

What are the toxic ingredients in crystal meth?

A number of the ingredients commonly used in creating meth are extremely toxic:

  • Acetone- This is found in nail polish remover and paint thinners
  • Lithium- From batteries
  • Toluene- solvent used as fuel additive, in paint thinners, nail polish, brake cleaner
  • Hydrochloric acid- Highly corrosive mineral acid used to remove rust from steel and refine metal
  • Pseudoephedrine- found in cold medications
  • Red Phosphorus- found in explosives such as road flares and on matchboxes
  • Sodium hydroxide- also known as lye, in drain cleaners
  • Sulfuric acid- found in toilet bowl and drain cleaners
  • Anhydrous ammonia- found in fertilizer and countertop cleaner
  • Lantern fuel or lighter fluid
  • Ether found in starting fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Iodine crystals

Cold and antihistamine medications (that include pseudoephedrine and ephedrine) are necessary as a main ingredient in meth production.

The long term use of methamphetamine can have serious internal physical health consequences:

  • Weight loss
  • Severe dental problems: Meth Mouth
  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
  • High blood pressure leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Destruction of tissues in nose if snorted
  • Respiratory problems and lung damage if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Damage to the brain similar to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Convulsions

And of course there are the observable physical effects that have been shown in numerous mug shot comparisons:

  • sunken eyes
  • dark baggy eye lids
  • facial drooping, particularly the mouth and lower lips
  • pale skin
  • dark blue-black lips
  • wrinkles from skin losing elasticity
  • acne and sores

Below are additional articles about methamphetamine that you may find helpful or if you are concerned about someone who may be using meth. New Hope Recovery Center, Chicago's premier addiction treatment facility, has substantial experience treating those addicted to meth.  You can reach us at 888-707-4763 or

 Why Crystal Meth Is So Addictive

32 Signs of Meth Addiction

44 Signs of Methamphetamine Abuse

Written by: Written By: New Hope Recovery Center