Is methamphetamine addictive?

Yes. Methamphetamine use can quickly lead to addiction. That’s when people seek out the drug over and over, even after they want to stop and even after it has caused damage to their health and other parts of their life.

Methamphetamine causes tolerance—when a person needs to take more of it to get the same high. People who usually eat or snort meth might start to smoke or inject it to get a stronger, quicker high.

People who try to quit using methamphetamine might experience very uncomfortable feelings of withdrawal. They might:

  • get really tired but have trouble sleeping
  • feel angry or nervous
  • feel depressed
  • feel a very strong craving to use methamphetamine