Talking to teenagers is no easy task – more so if it was about teen drug abuse. A parent has several things to consider when giving that talk, including finding was to make everything interesting and understandable, as well as ensuring that he or she is not taken the wrong way, inadvertently making things worse. A good resource for parents who intend to talk to their kids about drug abuse is Mind Over Matter, a series from NIDA.
The series includes information regarding methamphetamine, made simple and understandable.
Methamphetamine is known by several names and comes in various forms. Speed, meth, chalk, crystal, ice, and glass are names that all refer to methamphetamine. It can be snorted, swallowed, injected or smoked.
Meth works by changing how the brain works, as well as by speeding up the functions of the body. Regardless of the way meth is used, it finds its way into a users bloodstream and is circulated to the brain. While it can affect various brain structures, the similarity of meth to the brain chemical dopamine causes it to affect dopamine the most.
Dopamine is normally recycled by neurons. Meth, however, fools neurons into taking it in as dopamine; once in the neuron, meth causes it to release a lot of dopamine, which is also called the pleasure neurotransmitter. This surplus dopamine leads to a feeling of pleasure that can last for an entire day, which is followed in turn by unpleasant feelings that will push the user to take more of the drug.
A person who becomes hooked on Meth will find it hard to derive pleasure of anything.