How can you tell someone is abusing or addicted to crystal methamphetamine?  Crystal Meth (also called crystal, ice, tina, glass, quartz, tweak, crank) is an extremely addictive stimulant.  It is made from extremely caustic chemicals, which cause damage to any users beyond its simulative effects.

Here are 32 common symptoms of crystal meth abuse to look for:

Physical Symptoms of Crystal Meth Abuse/Addiction

  • Hair loss
  • Tooth decay or tooth loss (from meth mouth)
  • Skin picking and open sores, often on mouth and face
  • Dilated pupils
  • Eye twitching
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry itchy skin, acne
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Excessive sweating
  • Body odor (smelling of ammonia or cat urine)

Behavioral Symptoms of Crystal Meth Abuse/Addiction

Crystal Methamphetamine affects a person’s behavior as well.  When a person is using or on crystal meth the following behavioral symptoms are common:

  • Attention and focus (often with repetitive compulsive behavior)
  • Insomnia
  • Hyper-activity and wakefulness
  • Talkativeness
  • Decrease in appetite with weight loss

Mental or Mood Symptoms from Crystal Meth Abuse or Addiction    

When a person is on crystal meth, you may notice the following behaviors:  

  • Euphoria
  • Aggression (including fighting or violence)
  • Paranoia
  • Increased libido (often with risky sexual behaviors)
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Greater sociability
  • Delusions of power
  • Hallucinations

When withdrawing from crystal meth, a person may exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Severe Depression
  • Increased appetite
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Paranoia

In general, crystal meth usually leads to outgoing, energetic, even hyperactive actions while someone is using it.  In contrast, coming down from and withdrawal from crystal meth often leads to exhausted, depressed behaviors.

New Hope Recovery Center treats all forms of substance addictions, including crystal meth addiction and abuse.  There are several treatment programs available to fit you and your loved one’s schedules.  New Hope Recovery Center also hosts numerous Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) open meetings each week.  If you or a loved one is abusing crystal meth and would like help, you can email or call 888-707-4673 (HOPE).

Written by: New Hope Recovery Center

Young adults face many temptations and opportunities to use and abuse alcohol and drugs.  As a parent, it is important to allow for appropriate independence and growth for your student or young adult, but also to keep a watchful eye looking for warning signs or symptoms of alcohol or drug use/addiction.

Part of growing up involves making mistakes and hopefully learning from them.  These teachable moments allow young adults to learn how to respond better in the future.  Emerging adults may not always be able to quickly identify and correct mistakes or difficulties they face. They also are more susceptible to peer pressure or having their viewpoints shaped by outside influences. For this reason, parents need to be closely aware of what is happening in their young adult’s life.

Knowing these 19 warning signs or symptoms of alcohol or drug abuse is critical for every parent:

  • Decline in academic performance
  • Withdrawing from classes
  • Missing classes/school or work frequently
  • Disciplinary problems at school or work
  • Abusive verbally or physically
  • Changes in behavior
  • Becoming more withdrawn from family and friends
  • Sudden changes or increased involvement with new friends
  • Asking for money regularly
  • If the young adult lives with you, missing valuables
  • Conflicts with parents
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • DUI charges, drunk and disorderly tickets, or other legal problems
  • Becoming overly evasive about friends or their activities
  • Lying about activities
  • Smelling of alcohol or drugs
  • Drastic changes in appearance
  • Lack of interest in areas formerly interested in
  • Loss of memory or reduced attention

If you notice any of these behaviors, speak with your young adult and share your observations and concerns.  Ask an open-ended question like, “I noticed that you are struggling with school, what do you think is causing this?” If your emerging adult is non-communicative or resistant, reach out for help.

It is important that you intervene EARLY if you spot any of the signs or symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse.  Untreated addiction in young adults leads to lifelong problems.  You can request a professional drug and alcohol assessment from New Hope Recovery Center by calling 773.883.3916 or email us. We offer flexible treatment programs for emerging adults based on the seriousness of their addiction.

Written By: New Hope Recovery Center