Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that it highly addictive and leaves a trail of destruction. The illicit drug is often a homemade concoction of common household ingredients and over-the-counter medications made in homemade labs. Meth, also known as crystal meth, is more potent than cocaine and is among the more difficult drugs to quit. It triggers dependency faster than a majority of other drugs because it forces the brain to release an unnatural amount of dopamine at a given time. Consistent use destroys the dopamine receptors in the brain making it difficult to experience a high or feel any basic level of pleasure. Eventually, a user will stop experiencing a high, which is when meth use becomes an addiction.
If you are concerned that meth has become a problem for you or a loved one, you can recognize the signs of meth addiction to determine it is time to get help. The high associated with this drug can last for several hours, effects can last for days, and negative effects can last for months. Here are symptoms of meth usage to look for when using crystal meth:
- Not sleeping for long periods of time, sometimes even days.
- Increased attention, activity, and talkativeness. (Overall hyperactivity.)
- Repetitious motor activity.
- Decrease in appetite or weight loss.
- Increased respiration.
- Skin picking or skin crawling.
- Tooth decay.
- Hair loss.
- Mood swings and aggressive or violent behavior.
- Memory loss.
- Change in personality.
- Dilated pupils and eye twitching.
- Skin problems, poor completion, and splotchy red sores
If you recognize any of these symptoms, you have a safe and caring place to get help. The first step is the hardest but the most important.
Meth addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Using methamphetamine is life threatening because essentially, it is a poison. Therefore, even short-term use can have serious and permanent adverse effects on health. Some of the medical problems from meth use include psychosis, paranoia, hallucinations, dehydration, malnutrition, brain damage, skin infections, and severe dental problems. In addition to those, there are health risks associated with sharing needles including hepatitis and HIV. Addiction to meth takes over so much of a person’s life it often destroys relationships, families, and work life.
Currently, there are no medications approved by the FDA to treat a meth addiction. Most treatment regimes begin with medical detox, during which the substance is slowly weaned out of the user’s body. Post detox, behavioral therapy is often used to treat those addicted to meth. We offer a Traditional program for individuals addicted to meth, as well as a Co-occurring program for those who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health diagnosis. Our range of custom treatments options includes medication and behavioral therapies.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the negative effects of meth and want to stop, we are here to help. We are a facility with a “small town” feel. No one gets overlooked. We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Our approach to clients in either Traditional or Co-occurring programs is “strengths based.” Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.