Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is a highly addictive stimulant that can take over your life. Methamphetamine has spread as a party drug or club drug, keeping users up for hour at a time and giving a rush each time it is taken. However, methamphetamine is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. Methamphetamine affects the brain not only as a stimulant, but also releases dopamine and serotonin, two chemicals that regulate mood, appetite, sleep and other functions. As methamphetamine crosses into the brain, the serotonin and dopamine produce an intense rush of euphoria, the most intense part of the high. The intense highs of methamphetamine also come with terrible lows. With the brain depleted from these vital chemicals, the individual is susceptible to depression, agitation and anxiety. These highs and lows are made more intense by repeated use, which helps make methamphetamine so addictive, and withdrawal so difficult. An extended methamphetamine binge can go on for days, as the user chases a high that becomes less intense as the brain’s vital chemicals become more and more depleted. As days pass without sleep, the brain is wracked with withdrawal, yet unable to shut down.
Signs of Abuse
- Skin picking
- Hair loss
- Tooth decay
- Loss of appetite, weight loss
- Dilated pupils
- Heart palpitations, racing pulse
- Agitation, odd behavior
- Panic, psychosis
- Seizures, convulsions
- Track marks
Symptoms of Withdrawal
Methamphetamine withdrawal is severe. Acute withdrawal symptoms can being in as little as 24 hours. Acute withdrawal can last from 7 days to as long as 21 days. Even once withdrawal has reached sub-acute levels, symptoms can persist for months. Continuing treatment is especially important for long term recovery from an addiction to methamphetamine.
- Fatigue, lethargy, excessive sleeping
- Increased appetite
- Dry mouth
- Repetitive, involuntary movements
- Depression, thoughts of suicide
- Apathy, hopelessness
- Psychotic symptoms
Methamphetamine can be snorted, smoked, taken orally or injected. The way methamphetamine is used can determine how fast and hard it hits you, but each route of administration is addictive.
- Hypodermic needles – used to inject liquefied methamphetamine
- Spoons or bottle caps – used for cooking meth, liquefying it for injection
- Shoelaces, rubber hoses, length of string or similar – used to “tie off,” restricting blood flow on one’s limbs to make veins pop out
- Lighters/ candles – heat source used to melt the drug
Amatus Health detox facilities offer medically assisted detox for individuals facing the physical symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy programs designed to build the skills for long term recovery. Methamphetamine withdrawal can be a long process. It can take a long time for the body and the brain to heal themselves. Continuing treatment is especially important for recovery from methamphetamine. Because of methamphetamines’ effects on the brain’s reward pathways, it is important that any co-occurring mental health disorders are considered when implementing a treatment plan. At every level of care, you will have access to trained professionals who are experts at understanding addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, reach out to one of our treatment professionals for addiction treatment resources today.
Further Treatment Options
At TruHealing Centers, we off the full continuum of care, from intensive inpatient programs through a number of outpatient levels of care. We believe, supported by evidence, that a longer stay in treatment sets patients up for a better chance at long term recovery. Every individual who goes through our care gets an individualized treatment plan designed around their needs, to treat the physical, mental and spiritual causes of substance abuse. Learn more about our meth addiction treatment program by calling 833.631.0525 or completing our online form today.
The first step is to reach out to our TruHealing Centers team today. Our admissions team will talk to you to learn more about your addiction and how we can help. This is perhaps the most difficult step in the recovery process, but it is crucial that you reach out for the help youneed and deserve.
Once you are admitted into our treatment programs, our team will perform a thorough evaluation of your physical and mental health, as well as more details about the nature of your addiction. We will then collaborate with you to design a personalized treatment plan.
The third step is when your healing can begin. As you progress through treatment, our team will be there for support and encouragement every step of the way. Also, your treatment plan can be adjusted to best suit your recovery needs.
Our team of therapists and addiction specialists will work with you to determine which programs would be best. One of more programs may be combined for maximum effectiveness during your recovery.
Our team of therapists and addiction specialists provide a wide array of programs and services to begin and maintain your recovery. We also provide a safe environment where people can heal from addiction. There are many TruHealing Centers locations, so you can find one close to where you live.