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What Are the Faces of Meth?

If you’ve ever seen the campaign against methamphetamine use, you may have seen a series of jail booking photos of people. In the first photo of each individual’s arrest, they look fairly healthy. As time goes on and the arrests accumulate, the booking photos are grossly different. They appear as though decades have passed, though only a few years have elapsed. One young woman looked like a fresh-faced college freshman in her first photo, and a year and a half later, she appeared as though she had aged 30 years.

Methamphetamine is a type of stimulant that is produced on the street as well as by pharmaceutical companies for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recreationally, it is usually snorted, smoked, or injected. It’s not uncommon for users to have rotting and missing teeth (meth mouth), damage to brain cells, sores and lesions on their skin from incessant picking, extreme paranoia and insomnia, hallucinations, and psychosis. Strokes, cardiovascular disease, liver, lung, and kidney damage followed by death are even more unfortunate consequences for meth users.  

The mental and physical side effects don’t stop there for meth addicts. Many IV users are positive for blood-borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other sexually contracted diseases from having unprotected sex while high. Addicts will often believe people are watching them or are “after” them, and exhibit bizarre behavior related to their paranoia. They are known for taking appliances or gadgets apart, and they can also become violent. Many meth addicts are frequent visitors to the county jail. The faces of meth series not only denotes the downward spiral of the physical and mental aspects of meth addiction, but also where it can take people.

Prostitution, burglary, robbery, battery, and various other crimes happen frequently with meth addicts. The reason being, many steal to fund their habit, others prostitute themselves, and some may act out their paranoia with violence. Meth makes people erratic, delusional, and sometimes, psychotic. A combination of counseling, behavioral therapy, education, peer support, and drug testing can change the life of a meth addict. Many people with the aforementioned symptoms have gotten help, and have gone on to live healthy, productive lives.



If you need help with your addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. You do not have to stay trapped in your addiction. We can help. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). A new life awaits you on the other side of addiction. You can recover. Call now.