1. Abnormal sleeping patterns
Meth is categorized as a stimulant and is associated with increased brain activities that disrupt an individual’s sleeping patterns. The sleep disruption primarily depends on the stage of meth use and may range from odd sleeping hours to a state of sleeplessness spanning several days or weeks. Monitoring a suspected user’s sleeping hours may, therefore, help confirm or dispel any suspicions with regards to whether they are on meth.
2. Loss of appetite and weight loss
The illicit drug is also attributed to the loss of appetite and in effect accelerated weight loss. The pleasurable state of mind associated with the substance abuse often inhibits normal brain operations thereby resulting in a host of such adverse effects as loss of appetite.
3. Exaggerated mannerisms like obsessive talks
Like most other stimulants, meth use, even with first-timers results in exaggerated mannerisms like excessive chats with anyone while making little to no sense. In most cases, a user also tends to neglect such essential aspects of their life like grooming and personal hygiene. You might also notice sudden mood changes that shift from seemingly happy face to angry outbursts in split seconds, even with historically non-violent individuals.
4. Increased libido
Apart from dopamine, meth use is also associated with increased adrenaline levels, responsible for arousal. Its use, therefore, increases libido and boosts stamina for sexual interactions pushing these individuals to engage in illicit sexual relations that make them susceptible to a host of infections.
5. A constant need for cash
The highly addictive nature of meth can push an individual from a regular user to an abuser and then addict in a matter of days. As they step deeper into meth use tends to take a toll on their finances as individuals without a regular income flow embark on a borrowing spree after disposing of their valuables.
The earlier you are able to detect meth use with your loved ones, the higher the chance of faster recovery. If you suspect someone is using meth, consider keeping a close eye on them and compare their behavioral changes with these signs of meth use if you hope to save them before they fall into addiction.