Methamphetamine, also called meth, crystal meth, or amphetamine is widely believed to cause brain damage and cognitive impairment in users. A lot of people believe that meth use and abuse literally and figuratively “fries” the user’s brain. In truth, meth use and abuse does a lot of permanent and terrible damage to the human body, but saying that it causes brain damage may be a tad bit of an exaggeration.

In the year of 2004, the New York Times ran a story about how meth use and abuse eats away brain cells and tissues, headlining as it did in this way: “This Is Your Brain on Meth: A ‘Forest Fire’ of Damage.” One year later in 2005, another Times piece about the very particular and very interesting rise in foster children taken from parents who use meth noted the “particularly potent and destructive nature” of the drug and claimed in all truth and honesty that, “rehabilitation for methamphetamine often takes longer than it does for other drugs.” This even went further to solidify the claim that meth use caused permanent damage to the user’s brain. Finally, the authors of a 2002 study on the brain-robbing effects of meth warned, based on their conclusive and well-rounded data that, the “National campaign against drugs should incorporate information about the cognitive deficits associated with methamphetamine abuse, as this may yet be the greatest permanently damaging drug seen yet.”

Meth and the Brain

It is being found now though that some of these claims may be just a tad bit exaggerated. The human brain is one of the most resilient organic structures known to man, and it is certainly one of the most well protected, one of the most easily self-repairing, and one of the most indestructible substances when it comes to being affected by injected items and chemicals. What has been more recently found here was that the claims of meth-related harm to the brain may be as exaggerated and as ludicrous one could say even as the hype from the ’80s and ’90s around children exposed prenatally to crack cocaine, who were basically falsely foretold to end up with lifelong disabilities, or of even earlier claims that smoking pot caused insanity in those who took it.

In truth, meth does cause significant damage to the human body. Witness the scabs, the sores, the weight loss, “meth mouth”, hair loss, cartilage depletion, and the other adverse health effects of meth. However, it takes a great deal to damage the human brain, and while meth does sometimes create long lasting personality defects, newer and newer studies are consistently finding that meth tends to cause more damage to other biological structures, the human mind, the individual’s personality, essential and crucial decision-making skills and the ability to prioritize, but not the human brain.

All in all, the might be adversely affected meth recovery. Without a doubt the most important thing for a meth addict is beating the addiction once and for all and for good. When people are saying that meth abuse causes permanent brain damage, this is quite discouraging to those who are currently abusing meth and will more likely than not make them decide to keep abusing meth as there is no real hope for them, and why bother getting clean after all when they are already a lost cause? This is the truth behind the battle for meth addicts. It is important that they know just what they have gotten themselves into and what meth addiction does really do so as to inspire an incentive to beat the habit once and for all and for good, however this does not mean that it is okay to exaggerate the effects of meth abuse or tell falsehoods about it. That would simply discourage addicts and cause them to lose hope for good. In the end, it is the rehabilitation of those in the nation who are addicted to meth that is the most important goal when it comes to meth abuse.