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Crystal Meth Detox

Crystal meth detox can be a scary concept, but it's also a necessary first step in a successful recovery. Meth withdrawal symptoms and cravings make it difficult to break free from addiction, but professional help makes the process go more smoothly.

As of 2015, approximately 5.4 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have tried meth, and many who try it become addicted. Despite the highly addictive nature of crystal meth, returning to a drug-free lifestyle is possible, especially when you have the support of trained professionals experienced in the drug rehab process.

Call The Treatment Center at (877) 392-3342 to speak to an admissions counselor about your crystal meth detox concerns, and learn how to start your recovery today.

What Is Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is a stimulant drug similar to the drug amphetamine. The drug operates by boosting levels of the neurochemical dopamine in the brain. These high levels of dopamine give the user a feeling of euphoria, and dopamine's involvement in the brain's reward and motivation systems makes users seek it out again and again. The most intense pleasurable effects are short-lived, only lasting a few minutes, which often leads meth abusers to take further hits in an attempt to prolong the feeling.

Crystal meth is a white and odorless powder with a bitter taste. It is usually snorted or smoked, while some users add water and inject meth directly into their veins. Smoking or injecting meth usually causes a faster, more intense high than taking it orally.

Users often experience side effects from meth even from a small dose. These effects are similar to the effects of other stimulants, such as cocaine. Some of the immediate side effects of crystal meth include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased physical activity
  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased body temperature

Long-Lasting Effects of Meth Use

Short-term meth abuseSome side effects caused by meth use are long-lasting and get worse over time, so the sooner you start recovering from addiction, the better. Meth is highly addictive, and addiction can destroy your career, relationships and health. An addict often develops a tolerance to meth, which means that the euphoric high becomes harder to achieve over time and the addict needs to take more of the drug to get an effect.

Chronic methamphetamine users can develop a wide range of long-lasting health problems. Many meth users have tooth damage or tooth loss. Some meth addicts develop skin sores because of excess picking and scratching. Meth addicts who go on binges, repeatedly doing meth for days at a time, often forgo sleep and eating, which can lead to extreme weight loss and fatigue.

Meth use also causes permanent brain changes, especially in the areas of the brain involved with learning, memory and emotion. Because of these brain changes, meth addicts might experience mood disturbances, confusion, anxiety and sleep problems. Violent behavior and psychotic symptoms can also occur, and these can last long after the drug stops being used. Meth use also puts users at higher risk of accidents, injuries and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. A crystal meth overdose can be fatal, and those who develop a tolerance to the drug are at higher risk of an overdose.

The Purpose of Methamphetamine Detox

Meth Long Term Abuse SymptomsMethamphetamines cause biochemical and physical changes in the brain, so the brain reacts strongly when you stop using them. Before you can learn how to live a life without drugs, your body needs to clear all of the crystal meth out of your system.

A meth detox program isn't just about halting your use of the drug. Detox also helps you work through methamphetamine withdrawal by easing the symptoms and giving you a comfortable, safe environment for recovery.

Call us at (877) 392-3342 to learn more about the effects of meth and how to start detoxing from the drug. Our trained counselors can help get you into a treatment program that's right for you.

The Importance of Medically Monitored Detox

Breaking free of crystal meth use can be hard, especially when you've been dependent on the drug for a long time. As the drug leaves your system, meth withdrawal symptoms may develop. If you're trying to do it alone, you have to deal with the detox and methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms all on your own. Cravings can become almost unbearable, and the risk of succumbing to those cravings is higher if you don't have help and support during the withdrawal period.

With medically monitored detox, you get 24-hour access to medical care, so you never need to worry about facing your withdrawal symptoms alone. Questions and concerns that come up during methamphetamine detox and withdrawal are answered right away, and you can ask for help during any part of the process.

Meth Withdrawal Symptoms

Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms differ between individuals, but some of the things you might experience during detox and withdrawal include:

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Excessive hunger
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drug cravings
  • Paranoia

Crystal meth withdrawal symptoms typically start within 24 hours of quitting methamphetamines. The symptoms peak quickly and continue to cause significant discomfort for 7 to 10 days. It then takes another two or more weeks before the withdrawal symptoms completely dissipate. The specific strength and timing of your meth withdrawal symptoms depends on how long you've been using the drug, your drug use patterns and whether you have other addictions along with your meth abuse.

Unlike the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and some other drugs, crystal meth withdrawal symptoms aren't typically deadly. There are no medications currently available for meth withdrawal, but a board-certified physician might prescribe something to ease specific symptoms.

A recovering meth addict who experiences depression and anxiety during meth withdrawal needs therapy for these mood disorders in addition to treatment for the physical withdrawal symptoms. Individual and group therapy sessions can help you deal with the mood swings and emotional turmoil that can accompany detox.

Checking into a Meth Detox and Treatment Program

At The Treatment Center, you get a personalized assessment as soon as you enter our inpatient facility. Your treatment program is based on your specific needs, so you get customized assistance during detox, withdrawal and recovery instead of a one-size-fits-all treatment plan.

If you have underlying mood disorders or addictions to other drugs and alcohol, you can get treated for everything at once. Our board-certified staff has plenty of experience dealing with co-occuring conditions, so you're in good hands when it comes to dealing with an assortment of drug abuse, addiction and mental health issues simultaneously.

Choosing an inpatient detox and treatment program means opting for full-time support during the entire process. You get chef-prepared meals and a comfortable room, so there's no need to stress over your living accommodations while you work on your recovery. You can relax in the meditation garden and get access to doctors, nurses and psychiatrists throughout your stay. Participation in onsite drug-free activities can take your mind off any drug cravings and help you relax while your body and mind heal from the effects of crystal meth. From the moment you enter detox, the focus is entirely on your successful recovery. Learn more about our simple admission process.

What Happens After Crystal Meth Detox

Once crystal meth is completely out of your system, the long-term work of recovery begins. You'll spend the next few weeks or months working with doctors and therapists to ensure that you have the tools to stay drug free for the rest of your life. Sticking with your treatment plan gives you a better chance of long-term success.

Some of the treatment options you might take part in during your inpatient stay include:

  • Group therapy sessions: These sessions let you work through the emotional and mental issues around your addiction with other inpatient residents who are going through the exact same thing. You'll learn how others deal with cravings and remain motivated throughout treatment, and you'll share your own experiences to help others on the same path.
  • Individual therapy: Working with an individual counselor one-on-one, you'll learn how to combat cravings and develop alternative ways to deal with life's stresses that don't involve drug use. You might also explore the reasons why you started using crystal meth and get treatment for emotional issues that could complicate your recovery.
  • Faith-based treatment: If you want a spiritual component included in your recovery, you can opt to work with a clergy member or religious therapist. Incorporating your religious views into treatment gives you a solid mental and emotional foundation for your eventual success.
  • Family counseling: Working through family issues with the people you love in the presence of a trained therapist can help you repair relationships that were damaged by your addiction. These sessions can also provide your loved ones with concrete, actionable ways to support you once you return home. Developing your sober support system while you're in inpatient care makes transitioning back into normal life easier.
  • Court liaison services: If you're an inpatient resident on a court-ordered treatment plan, you can get help with the legal issues surrounding recovery. Having someone else take care of the legal details makes it easier to concentrate on your treatment.

Learn more about our Crystal Meth Treatment Program.

Get started with your customized detox and recovery program by calling (877) 392-3342 to talk to an admissions counselor. We're available 24/7, including on weekends and holidays, and all calls are free and confidential.

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