Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
Methamphetamine, also known as “meth”, is a man-made stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Users tend to gravitate toward this drug for its ability to increase feelings of well-being and euphoria, as well as its energy boosting properties.
Although methamphetamine may be prescribed by a physician as part of treatment for weight loss or ADHD, most abusers of methamphetamine access a form of the drug called “crystal meth” that is made either in small home-based laboratories or in “superlabs” in the US or Mexico. The process of making crystal meth involves mixing amphetamine or methamphetamine with other dangerous, and sometimes toxic, chemicals to increase the drug’s potency.
Most users ingest methamphetamine by smoking the drug through a glass pipe, but it can also be snorted, injected, or taken in pill form. When smoked or injected, meth produces an intense but short-lived high. Because the pleasurable effects of the drug are fleeting, many addicts use meth in a “binge and crash” pattern—ingesting the drug repeatedly over a short period of time before the body crashes and recovers with an incredible amount of sleep.
Using methamphetamine recreationally or in any way not prescribed by a physician can be considered abuse. As methamphetamine is a highly addictive substance, addiction tends to develop quickly with users typically experiencing extremely detrimental physical and psychological effects. The sooner one enters treatment for methamphetamine addiction, the greater chance one has of achieving long term sobriety and of dodging the potentially devastating long-term effects of this drug.
METHAMPHETAMINE ADDICTION TREATMENT AT NEXUS
At Nexus, clients are guided through the recovery process under the care of experienced experienced healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals and therapists who specialize in addiction medicine provide tools and support to assist clients in achieving and maintaining sobriety. The entire Nexus team is also dedicated to creating a safe space for clients to go through the recovery process in an open and focused manner.
With a small client to clinician ratio, each client will work together with their treatment team to create an individualized treatment plan. Clients will not only learn new life and coping skills to set them up for success for long-term sobriety, but will also address the underlying reasons for their methamphetamine abuse.
If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
Signs of Methamphetamine Addiction
If you’re concerned about potential methamphetamine addiction for you or a loved one, consider these warning signs:
- Increased risk taking behaviors
- Intense itching, which may lead to sores on the skin
- Paranoia or hallucinations
- Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
- “Meth mouth”—rapid tooth decay
- Excessive mood swings, increased irritability, violent outbursts, or panic
- Disregard for family, employment, school, and/or personal hygiene
- Tweaking—an intense focus on repetitive tasks
- Engaging in illegal activities to pay for or access methamphetamines
- Lying about or becoming defensive when asked about methamphetamine use
Long Term Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse
In addition to the short-term health, financial, and familial problems that can occur due to methamphetamine addiction, abuse of this drug can have several long-terms effects, as well. These may include:
- Severe tooth decay and tooth loss
- Changes in brain structure and function
- Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease
- Memory loss
- Psychotic disorders
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
- Chronic high blood pressure
- Liver, kidney, and lung damage
If you or a loved one are suffering from methamphetamine addiction, we’re here to help.
Contact us today and speak with one of our trusted recovery advisors.
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