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Meth or methamphetamine is a stimulant that although can be beneficial for medical purposes, has long been abused for its euphoric properties and pleasurable high.

It can be taken orally, snorted, or injected, but it is most often smoked. While it may have some fleeting pleasurable effects, our Chicago drug rehab knows all too well that meth is far from harmless.

All drugs have their downsides, especially those that are abused, and meth is no exception. At Banyan Chicago, we have had many patients enter our meth treatment programs who have experienced first-hand the smoking meth dangers.

Effects of Smoking Meth

If a person is smoking crystal meth, they will find that the substance enters the bloodstream almost immediately, so they will feel the euphoric effects almost instantaneously. However gratifying, these euphoric effects are just a mask for the dangerous side effects of smoking meth that are happening behind the scenes, especially with long-term abuse.

Some of the most common dangers of smoking meth specifically include:
  • Meth Mouth – This commonly used term is one of the most obvious dangers of smoking meth. It is used to refer to dental problems like gum decay, tooth loss, and rotting teeth associated with frequently smoking meth. One study found that frequent meth users were twice as likely to have cavities as “light” meth users and 58% of meth users had untreated tooth decay.1
  • Respiratory Problems – Like anything that is smoked, smoking meth can lead to respiratory problems as toxins flood the system on a regular basis. These can range from asthma to lung cancer. A study on mice found that those who inhaled meth showed a variety of detectable lung damage.2
  • Addiction – In fact, research suggests that smoking meth is more likely to lead to a substance abuse problem than the other forms of intake that are less immediate.3

This list is just the beginning of the dangers associated with meth. No matter how it is administered, meth comes with a plethora of health problems. Frequent users may also experience sores from meth mites, hallucinations, paranoia, sleep problems, mood swings, weight loss, erratic movements, and nausea. Problems can get so serious that a person could experience seizures, labored breathing, organ failure, and even death from overdose. These are accompanied by behavioral issues associated with addiction as well.

Whether meth is your downfall or you need professional help for a prescription pill problem, it is important to not wait.

Long-term use can lead to serious health and behavioral problems. Get started on your sobriety journey today by reaching out to 888-280-4763.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens - Meth Mouth: Some Ugly Numbers
  2. NCBI - Acute Inhalation Exposure to Vaporized Methamphetamine Causes Lung Injury in Mice
  3. Office of National Drug Control Policy - Methamphetamines and New Psychoactive Substances

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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.