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Neglecting Assignments and household jobs – Teenagers whose lives have been consumed by drugs quite often lose interest in school and may neglect their chores and assignments altogether.

Always Needing Money – Addicted teenagers may make unreasonable requests for money without any sensible explanations as to why they need it.

Health Issues – Meth addicted teenagers can develop health issues, including high blood pressure, seizures, rotting teeth, and more.

Neglected Appearance – When all a teen cares about is the next high, they might lose all interest in personal appearance.

Sudden Behavioral Changes – When drugs take hold of a teen, he or she may abruptly change day to day behaviors, such as suddenly demanding more privacy at home and acting secretively.


Consequences of Long Term Meth Usage

  • Kidney failure

  • Lung disorders

  • Brain damage

  • Addiction

  • Psychological problems

  • Schizophrenia

  • Malnutrition

While drugs such as heroin can be treated using methadone, there is no approved medication for treating methamphetamine dependence. For this reason, recovering from meth addiction can be challenging. For chronic abusers, intensive inpatient treatment is generally required to break the addictive patterns. Treatment generally involves intensive therapeutic sessions in a drug free environment under the supervision of medical practitioners.

If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, it’s important to seek professional care. Depending on how far along your addiction is, there are a number of treatment options that you can choose from including enrolling in an outpatient program or attending therapeutic group sessions.

Addiction recovery is a lifelong process but finding the right treatment center can make the process less stressful. According to the Foundation for a Drug Free World, 93 percent of meth addicts who try to quit end up relapsing. Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs and therefore requires a high level of professionalism for successful recovery.

In New Zealand you can get help and advice from many sources but the NZ Drug Foundation is a useful starting point.

Alcohol and Drug Helpline provides FREE confidential support if you want to talk about your own, or some else's drug use.

Call 0800 787 797

For urgent help call 111

Alcohol and Drug Helplines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week free from landline or mobile.

Call: 0800 787 797

Text: 8681

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