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Crystal Meth Treatment

Meth addiction can be difficult to overcome, as methamphetamines are highly addictive. Experimental use can quickly lead to an all-consuming addiction. Getting help early can reduce the risk of long-term complications caused by crystal meth use, but even addicts who have been using meth for a long time can recover if they get treatment.

Call (877) 392-3342 to talk to an admissions counselor at any time and find out how you can start the process of breaking free from addiction. You don’t have to struggle through meth addiction alone. Our trained staff has plenty of experience helping people just like you.

What is Crystal Meth?

Crystal meth is a man-made stimulant with a chemical structure similar to amphetamine. Methamphetamine is sometimes prescribed for ADHD or narcolepsy, but it isn't used often because there are much safer, less addictive drugs that treat the same condition. Those who abuse meth typically take more than the recommended amount in a single dose.

Pure meth is an odorless white crystalline powder with a bitter taste. It can be formed into a rock shape, which looks similar to a crystal, or made into a pill. Some of the commonly used street names for meth include speed, ice, chalk, Tina, glass and crystal. Meth users consume the drug by eating, smoking or snorting it. Some users inject a diluted version of the drug. Many Americans have tried meth, and many who try it get addicted. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a 2012 study found that about 1.2 million people used methamphetamine in the previous year.

People who use meth typically experience an intense euphoric high that fades quickly. The high is caused by an increase of dopamine in the brain. Meth affects dopamine in two different ways: it causes the brain cells to release extra dopamine and also prevents the neurons from reabsorbing the excess dopamine. This results in an extremely high level of dopamine, which causes an intense high. Some users binge on meth to maintain the high, taking consecutive hits of the drug for several hours or days.

When the dopamine is used up, the meth user usually experiences a big crash. The crash after a meth binge makes addicts crave more meth, so users often go through repeated cycles of bingeing and crashing. A meth user often develops a tolerance to the drug over time, so it takes more and more meth to experience a high.

Because meth is so highly addictive, it can be extremely hard to break free on your own. Meth addiction treatment at an accredited drug treatment center is essential. The Treatment Center works with you to develop a treatment program specific to your personality and circumstances.

Learn more about our personalized crystal meth treatment programs by calling us anytime at (877) 392-3342. All calls are free and confidential, making it easy for you to get into a recovery program.

Side Effects of Meth

Anytime you use meth, you can experience side effects while the drug is active in your system. Many users also experience side effects during the crash when dopamine levels drop rapidly. Meth side effects can include:

  • Feeling on edge or agitated
  • Experiencing intense anger or fear
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty controlling your emotions
  • Dry mouth
  • Severe itching
  • High body temperature
  • Passing out
  • Rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fast breathing
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Intense depression during a crash

If you notice these symptoms of meth use in someone you care about, it might be time to stage an intervention to help that person get into treatment before it is too late.

The Dangers of Long-Term Meth Use

Using meth for long periods of time is extremely dangerous. An addiction to meth can destroy your health and damage relationships.

A meth addict who has used the drug for a long time often develops broken teeth and periodontal disease, a condition referred to as “meth mouth.” The addict may create open sores by scratching or picking at the skin. Other long term effects of meth include frequent anxiety, insomnia, extreme weight loss and mood disturbances. Liver and kidney damage can develop after long-term meth use. Meth in high doses can also cause stroke or heart failure.

Some long-term meth users become paranoid and start having delusions and hallucinations. Others may become violent. The parts of the brain associated with learning and memory can be permanently damaged by methamphetamines.

A person who uses meth might be more likely to engage in risky behaviors which can lead to injury or illness. Meth users are also at higher risk for contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

Recognizing the Signs of Meth Use

Sometimes, a meth addict needs help getting started. If you suspect that a friend or family member might be addicted, there are some signs of meth use you can look out for.

Some clues that a person might be using meth include excess moodiness, dental problems and a withdrawal from friends and activities. Meth users might also sometimes seem extremely alert and energetic when they should be exhausted. A meth addict might also start avoiding friends who don't use meth and start exclusively hanging out with other drug users. Drug users caught in the grip of crystal meth often stop taking care of themselves, forgoing showers, meals, and basic self-care routines.

Starting Treatment for Meth Addiction

Some people enter a treatment facility when they're ready to make a major change and embrace sobriety. Others start treatment because of a court order or family intervention.

While willing participation can help speed up recovery, it isn't a necessary requirement for success in the long run. Even someone who has been ordered into drug rehab for crystal meth abuse can recover and live a meth-free life. Support from family and friends can impact a recovering addict's success.

How Meth Addiction Treatment Works

Entering treatment for meth abuse and addiction is the first step to a drug-free life. When you get to The Treatment Center, you'll be assessed by our trained staff. We'll develop an individualized treatment program that gives you the best chance of success, and your personalized plan will include things that treat both your body and mind.

Some of the things you might have in your treatment plan include:

  • Individual counseling to help you discover the underlying reasons behind your drug use and develop the skills you need to resist meth in the future. A type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy gives you specific strategies to identify potential problems that could lead to drug use, as well as skills to counteract cravings.
  • Group counseling sessions to share your experiences with others going through treatment and get support from people who know exactly what you're going through.
  • Family counseling to heal and repair relationships that might have been damaged by your use of meth.
  • Medically-supervised detox to get crystal meth out of your system as safely as possible. Our doctors, nurses and counselors can help you withstand cravings during withdrawal and make your transition from detox into treatment go more smoothly.
  • Faith-based treatment options, including prayer sessions, meditation and religious counseling, if you want to include a spiritual component to your recovery.
  • 12-step programs that let you work through your recovery in a methodical way. We can also help you find a sponsor to continue your 12-step program after you've left the facility.
  • Court liaison services to manage legal issues, including court-ordered treatment plans, while you're at The Treatment Center.
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment to help with co-occurring mental health issues during your treatment. Treatment for meth addiction can occur simultaneously alongside treatment for depression, anxiety or other issues.

Your entire experience at The Treatment Center takes place in a safe, comfortable environment. You get full room and board as part of your treatment, so you don't need to worry about your living situation and can concentrate entirely on your recovery. Sober recreational activities and a calm, pleasant setting help you stay relaxed while you learn to live without meth. Medical care is available 24 hours a day in case you need it.

Inpatient treatment and recovery can take weeks or months, depending on the severity of your meth addiction. We will assess you every step of the way to ensure that you are fully prepared to stay sober once you leave our facility. Learn more about our simple admission process. 

Long-Term Recovery from Meth Addiction

Recovery from meth addiction is a lifelong journey. At The Treatment Center, we know it can sometimes be hard to stay sober even after you've completed treatment, so we teach you techniques to prevent relapses. You'll learn coping mechanisms and skills to avoid high-risk situations once you're back at home.

Our aftercare programs help you transition from the serene setting of our facility back into your everyday life. Like our inpatient program, this aftercare plan will be tailored to your specific needs. It might include ongoing therapy or participation in a group program with others who have completed treatment. No matter what form your aftercare experience takes, you'll get support as you begin to get used to a sober lifestyle and have someone to turn to when you need help.

If you're ready to stop using meth and turn your life around, call us at (877) 392-3342 to find out how to start your recovery journey. Our lines are open 24/7, so you can get help whenever you need it.

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