Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment at Promises
Meth can wreak long-term, often irreparable havoc on the body, both physically and emotionally. People who abuse meth are at risk for numerous physical ailments like liver damage, tachycardia (abnormal heart rate), heart attacks, tooth loss and poor motor skills. They can also develop brain damage and symptoms that mimic mental health disorders like schizophrenia and psychosis, as well as long-term memory loss and cognitive issues. This is why it is essential that people addicted to meth get medical help or recover in methamphetamine rehab centers as early as possible to prevent further damage.
Methamphetamine addiction treatment will typically require a time of detox where clients are monitored around the clock by medical professionals as their bodies adjusts to the absence of meth. At Promises, our medical team makes sure clients are as comfortable as possible during this period with research-backed medications and other comfort measures. Once the client has safely eliminated drugs from their system we work with them to create a comprehensive treatment plan that promotes physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
Methamphetamine dependence is swift and severe, and many users report they feel hooked after just one use. Symptoms may include psychological cravings, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, psychosis and insomnia. Compared to two other well-known sources of stimulant abuse—cocaine and amphetamine—methamphetamine makes unusually drastic changes in normal brain chemistry. For this reason, people who abuse the drug have a particularly strong chance of developing the symptoms of addiction. Doctors classify methamphetamine addiction as one form of a more broadly inclusive condition called stimulant use disorder.
Methamphetamine comes from modification of the same basic chemical formula used to make amphetamine. When manufactured legitimately as a controlled medication, it is sometimes used to treat people affected by the sleep disorder narcolepsy, the excessive level of body weight associated with obesity and morbid obesity, or by the behavioral problems associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, such legitimate use occurs only rarely, and methamphetamine intake in the U.S. is much more likely to take the form of an unsanctioned behavior involving the use of illegally made batches of the drug.
A very powerful narcotic and thus habit forming, methamphetamine can be swallowed in pill form, sniffed in powder form, injected intravenously or intra-muscularly or smoked. Methamphetamine is known on the street as:
- Crystal/Crystal Meth
Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine produces its effects by accelerating the baseline activity rate inside the central nervous system and steeply boosting levels of the brain chemical responsible for producing the highly pleasurable feeling known as euphoria.
Methamphetamine is a synthetic drug that increases dopamine and adrenaline production and blocks dopamine transporter (DAT), a protein which binds to excess dopamine and stores it for future use. This leaves large amounts of dopamine and adrenaline floating around the central nervous system, producing a dramatic stimulant effect. Methamphetamine is frequently abused because of the feelings of euphoria and energy it creates.
Long-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use
As an individual continues to use methamphetamine, the body very quickly develops a tolerance to its effects and increasing amounts of methamphetamine must be taken to produce the same effects. Methamphetamine addiction has a host of undesirable effects, including compulsive behavior, depression, acne, tooth decay and sexual dysfunction.
The methamphetamine-initiated boost in pleasure levels is accompanied by profound changes in the brain’s chemical makeup. If these changes occur repeatedly over time, the brain can come to view them as necessary and expect to experience them on a regular basis. Such a shift in brain orientation signals the development of a physical dependence on methamphetamine’s effects. Meth addiction sets in when a person physically dependent on methamphetamine starts to experience a number of accompanying, dysfunctional symptoms, including strong drug cravings when not currently consuming the drug, meth withdrawal when intake falls below accustomed levels, lack of control over meth intake, the development of tolerance to the drug’s effects and the emphasis of methamphetamine-related activities as a primary daily priority. People looking for methamphetamine treatment centers should make sure the program offers expert medical and behavioral health care to manage meth withdrawal symptoms as any co-occurring mental health issues.
Meth Addiction Treatment Considerations
The scientific community has not developed any medications that deal effectively with the impact of methamphetamine addiction. Recovering addicts are typically treated with behavioral therapy, which seeks to modify the internal cues, external triggers and actions that support drug use. One form of behavioral therapy, called contingency management, uses the periodic rewarding of cash or vouchers to encourage recovering addicts to stay active in the treatment process and remain abstinent from substance intake. Researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse have specifically verified the effectiveness of a contingency-based approach to meth addiction treatment called Motivational Incentives for Enhancing Drug Abuse Recovery (MIEDAR).
Another approach to behavioral modification, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), identifies the situations likely to result in drug use then gradually helps patients change their outlook and actions in those situations so that drug use does not appear as an option. Some programs use multiple approaches to modify the behaviors of recovering methamphetamine addicts. Specific techniques that may play a role in such a combined approach include contingency management, CBT, one-on-one counseling, participation in 12-step mutual support groups and involvement of family members in program objectives.
Signs You Need Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
Any non-medical use of methamphetamines is cause for concern and may point to a substance use disorder. Additional signs that you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and may need to look into methamphetamine treatment centers include:
- Intense mood swings ranging from euphoria to depression
- Anxiety, agitation, nervousness and irritability
- Secretive behaviors such as hiding substance use
- Financial, legal, career or relationship problems
- Isolating from friends and family
- Preoccupation with obtaining and using meth
- Erratic, violent or risky behavior
- Weight loss and abnormal eating patterns
- Withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting and trembling
- Poor personal hygiene and dental problems
- Paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis
Take Back Your Life
If you or a loved one is struggling with methamphetamine addiction, we can help. Our compassionate, specially trained addiction and mental health experts will help you heal the physical and emotional wounds of substance abuse and gain the healthy coping skills you need to live a fulfilling life without drugs. Call us for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568
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