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Methamphetamine, or meth for short, is an addictive synthetic drug that can sometimes be used to treat ADHD or for short-term weight loss.

Unfortunately, more often than not, it is distributed illegally and abused for its stimulating and euphoric effects. With the drug’s rise in popularity, a new form of meth was also created called crystal meth.

In 2017, 1.6 million people in the United States admitted to using meth in the past year.1 Because its abuse may be more popular than you realize, our meth treatment center in Luzerne County is explaining everything you need to know about the difference between meth and crystal meth as well as what each can do to your perfect health.

What Is The Difference Between Crystal Meth and Meth?

While some people may think there is an enormous difference between meth and crystal meth, this isn’t really the case. Meth and crystal meth are much more similar than some people realize.


Meth is an addictive stimulant drug and can come in many forms. It is in the same drug class as cocaine and gives users a powerful and euphoric rush. Some people will pop meth pills, while others will snort an odorless powder. Still, others will dissolve powder into a liquid for injection. Meth is known by many street names including chalk, crank, fast, speed, and crink, to name a few. It also has many serious side effects such as mood swings, paranoia, hallucinations, memory impairment, meth sores, lung damage, kidney failure, heart problems, and overdose.

Crystal Meth

Crystal meth, or crystal methamphetamine, is a particular form of meth that is created in super labs. It is often called ice on the street, and it is the purest and most potent form of meth. Not only does it create a stronger high than regular meth, but the high also lasts up to 24 hours compared to the typical 12 hours of other types of meth. It is not surprising that crystal meth is often much more addictive than regular meth as well. Some people may even become addicted after their first-time using crystal meth. For this reason, crystal meth tends to be one of the most difficult drugs for people to quit. It often requires both a medically monitored detox as well as a formal supplement treatment program following detox.

Crystal meth also has the same negative effects as other types of meth, but because of the high potency, the effects may be more severe or have an earlier onset.

Whether it is meth, heroin, or alcohol, do not let a substance control your actions or your loved one’s. Get help today at our inpatient detox center in Pennsylvania. At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we want to help you regain control and begin your journey to sobriety. To learn more about our various programs and treatment therapies, call now at 888-280-4763.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – What is the scope of methamphetamine misuse in the United States?


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