Lock Haven University
I chose to write about methamphetamines because since high school I have had a great interest in the drug and its effects. In high school the book “Tweak” came out. Tweak is about a young man who is a recovering addict. He was addicted to meth, cocaine, and heroine where he enrolled himself into a 12 step program. Within this program the young man has a very supportive sponsor but he feels like it is time to go back to Los Angeles to try and give his life one more shot. Although he thought that this was going to be a good opportunity he fell quickly back into using drugs, dealing the drugs and becoming a prostitute. Further in the book the young man catches himself and gets his life back on track but seems to always fall into a cycle of being clean to using. Each cycle is different depending on where he is, who he is with, and if his parents or sponsor could find him. The young man does realize what he is doing and that it is ruining his relationship with him family, sponsor, and friends yet he continues to follow the same path he has been on for years. After reading this book it caught my attention on how just one drug or many drugs in this instance can change a person so much even if they are trying their best to make their life better. It also was interesting to see how the different environments changed the way he used or got him to stop using all together. I know that it is hard to quit a habit that a person has but I don’t understand how if a person is clean and has a good lifestyle in a treatment program, why they would leave knowing that they are going to use again. According to the book “Drugs, Behavior, & Modern Society”, the drug methamphetamine is a psycho stimulant that is known to increase a person’s alertness, invincibility, energy, induces euphoria and can enhance a person’s self-esteem in high doses. When a person starts to use methamphetamines they have a higher risk of abusing the drug or becoming addicted. Methamphetamine releases a high dose of dopamine into the brain where it blocks the process of reuptake and also pushes more dopamine out; may cause Parkinson’s disease. According to the movie, “Drugs, Inc. – Meth”, the dopamine level that is being produced while under the influence of methamphetamines is 1,200% more than normal level of dopamine production. Due to the intense effects and the high rate in addiction this drug is classified as a Schedule II drug (National Insititute on Drug Abuse, 2012). The drug meth has many different street names such as crank, crystal, chalk, ice, LA glass, cotton candy, no doze, etc. There are different ways in which a person can administer the drug such as injection, snorting, or smoking. Once the drug is in a person’s system, the effects can last up to 8 hours; this drug is the most addictive substance in the world. Although it is very addictive, it is FDA approved for certain treatments for ADHD and obesity. A movie that watched was “Drugs, Inc. – Meth”. This movie is related to our class material in many ways. We are learning about different drugs, a person’s tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, dependency, administration, addiction, and other problems that people face with the war on drugs. America and Asia are starting to face an epidemic with the use of methamphetamines. Once a person becomes tolerant towards a drug, they begin to have a compulsive need to consume more of the drug such as having a craving. After a person starts to have a compulsive need the tolerance level in the brain becomes very high and can be very bad for a person because it can cause death. Many addicts have a physical dependence on their choice of drug because they are scared of the withdrawal symptoms. Many years ago meth was only made in laboratories, where now it can be made in the comfort of your own home, garages and cars. We can access household items that can...
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