Methamphetamine intoxicates by creating a high buildup of dopamine in the synapse cleft; which, causes the user high levels of pleasure along with an intense drug craving. Methamphetamine tends to be highly addictive partially due it’s quickness of getting into the brain and producing dopamine, lending itself to addicts using larger and larger amounts from becoming methamphetamine tolerant.
Treatment: Most methamphetamine abusers also suffer from other mental health conditions making treatment very complex and needing to be custom for each patient. This leads to misdiagnosis of meth addicts. Treatment providers must determine if the current mental health issue is drug induced; and, if so, the severity and duration of the damage. Prolonged detoxification is usually necessary in order to make an accurate diagnosis.