Methamphetamine, which also goes by the names meth or crystal meth, is a stimulant drug that causes feelings of intense euphoria and wellbeing. Highly addictive, this drug works by increasing the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is involved in motivation and reward, motor function, and pleasure.
Meth addiction is a serious, chronic illness that has a high potential for relapse. Meth addiction is characterized by intense cravings for the drug, the onset of physical withdrawal symptoms when the drug is withheld from the body, and the inability to stop using the drug even though it’s causing serious social, financial, and legal troubles.
Beating a meth addiction typically requires the rehabilitation services of a residential or outpatient drug addiction treatment program. Meth addiction treatment starts with the detox process and ends with an individualized aftercare program. In the middle is treatment, which consists of a number of various therapies.
Upon taking this stimulant, the user experiences euphoria, high energy, and an acute sense of wellbeing. Heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate increases and an irregular heartbeat may occur.
• Severe dental problems, known as “meth mouth.”
• Infected skin sores from picking and scratching.
• Extreme weight loss and malnutrition.
• Significant anxiety, confusion, mood disturbances, violence, and aggression.
• Organ damage, particularly to the liver and kidneys.
o Mood swings
o Lying or hiding their drug use
o The presence of drug paraphernalia
o Social withdrawal from friends and family
o Neglecting responsibilities at school, work, or home
o Borrowing or stealing money
o Engaging in risky behaviors
o Increased aggression, agitation, paranoia, or psychoses
o Intense anxiety
o Increased libido and engaging in unsafe sexual activity
o Increased alertness
o Decreased appetite
o Hallucinations, confusion, and delusions
Addiction treatment for this drug starts with the detox process, which can be very uncomfortable although not particularly dangerous. Conducted under the supervision of a medical team, withdrawal may include symptoms that range from mild to severe and include:
o Deep depression
o Decreased energy and an increase in sleep
o Emotional upheaval
o Irritability, anxiety, and teeth grinding
o Night sweats
o Intense cravings
o Suicidal thoughts
Treating an addiction to meth is best carried out in an inpatient rehab facility, where the patient can spend time away from using friends and other triggers during the treatment therapies.
The best methods for treating methamphetamine addiction include cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps those in recovery replace self-destructive thoughts and behaviors with productive and healthy ones, and contingency management interventions, which provide tangible rewards like vouchers or cash in exchange for meeting personal goals, abstaining from using, and attending scheduled meetings.
An individualized aftercare program is developed once treatment is complete. The aftercare program is designed to help prevent relapse and involves continued therapy, monitoring, and instruction on coping with triggers, avoiding risky situations, dealing with stress, and forging healthy relationships with other non-users.
When you are ready to begin your recovery journey, call Drug Treatment Centers Syosset at 631-729-7250.