What Is Cream?
Cream is a slang term for methamphetamine. In recent years, cream has been available in powdered form and flavors mimicking ones found in ice cream, such as chocolate and strawberry to market it to teens. Having a cream addiction is very dangerous. The powerful chemical has both life-threatening short and long-term side effects, including noticeable physical ones, and fatal overdoses.
Making Cream In Labs
In addition to cream’s ability to produce highly addictive qualities in the user, it can be readily available to those seeking the drug. People can make cream in their home, shed, or in labs from everyday ingredients such as battery acid, cat litter, and antifreeze. When people are using such hazardous items to make cream, harmful vapors are released, attaching themselves to mucous membranes in the eyes and nose and the respiratory track. These chemical reactions can cause extreme irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and even result in dizziness.
Not only are these everyday items full of toxins that harm the body, people making cream in labs run the risk of explosion. Combining those items and including fire to the mix can often cause life-threatening explosions. Furthermore, these labs are illegal, and some desperate cream users have resorted to combining such ingredients in their cars while parked.
In addition to risking explosions in homes, labs or cars, making cream from these everyday items contribute to environmental waste, and vapors can linger long after the lab has been cleaned. Anyone who moves in afterward can still feel impacted by the fumes. Parks and nature reserves have been impacted by the toxic fumes and waste of labs where cream has been made.
Behavioral Effects of Cream Abuse
Notably, cream is popular for its increased energy production and intense feelings of euphoria, confidence, and excitement. These feelings of energy and joy last anywhere between 6 to 8 hours to over 20 hours. Using cream has both mental and emotional side effects that are easily recognizable. Behaviorally, people can expect to experience high amounts of energy. Because of the strong feelings of euphoria the drug produces, and its highly addictive chemical reactions caused in the brain, people may behave irrationally. Such behaviors can look like:
- Hyperactive behavior
- Mania expansiveness
- Ticking face or clenching of jaw
- Agitation or irritability
- Anxiety or depression
- Mood swings
Long-term side effects can range from depression, to memory loss, to psychosis and poor brain function. In addition to these dangers in cream addiction, these traits will also depend on how much cream is taken, or the frequency of chemical consumed. Lastly if the individual consumes cream with alcohol or another substance, he or she can expect to experience different side effects, and possibly increase the rate of having a fatal overdose.
Physical Effects of Cream Abuse
Along with short and long-term psychological changes, there are noticeable physical changes that occur when addicted to cream. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Sores on skin
- Rotting gums and teeth (also known as “meth mouth”)
- Burns on lips or fingers
- Dilated pupils
- Poor hygiene
- Rapid aging
- Bone damage
- Hepatitis /HIV risk
- Itchy skin or skin sores
Such behaviors can indicate cream addiction when combined with physical side effects of abuse. In addition to these behaviors, people can experience health problems associated with cream such as strokes, high blood pressure, liver failure, heart failure, and fatal overdose.
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Signs of Cream Addiction and Abuse
Since cream can cause extreme physical and behavioral changes and is highly addicting, it is helpful to know what signs to look for if abuse is suspected. In combination of recognizing signs like rapid weight loss and irritability, along with twitching skin and rotten teeth/gums, signs for abuse can include:
- Purchasing syringes
- Spending even more time away from loved ones to use cream
- Withdrawal symptoms (nausea, moodiness, cravings)
- Talking about using cream
- An inability to stop using cream
- Needing more cream to feel its effects
- Poor job or school performance
- Needing money to support habit
At the point of addiction, the individual may be experiencing a variety of painful withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Extreme depression
In response, some people may even try to go “cold turkey” to fight the addiction; however, going cold turkey alone or at home may not provide the best care for the individual, and the anguish resulting from “going it alone” sets the individual up for a relapse. Detoxing and getting medically treated can provide the monitored support needed, along with the medications best for encouraging recovery.
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Treatment For Cream
Although there are no current medications used to treat cream abuse, patients in a facility can be treated for mental or emotional conditions as a result of cream addiction. For example, Bupropion is used to treat ADHD, but also works to reduce cream cravings. Antidepressants are useful in treating depression that can emerge as a result of cream withdrawal symptoms.
In addition to medications, individuals attending inpatient rehab have the options of accessing support groups, nutritional plans for vitality, and one-on-one counseling. Outpatient rehabs offer medications and support groups but are a great option for patients who have to balance other commitments with recovery.
Take Back Control Of Your Life
Realizing the impact of a drug like cream is the first step in taking control of your life. You don’t have to face addiction alone. If you or a loved one needs help regaining control, reach out to a compassionate treatment provider.