Methamphetamine

When it comes to methamphetamine or meth abuse, there are many case studies about it effects on users, including some severe health effects. All these cases convey that methamphetamine is a dangerous drug of abuse, requiring detox and treatment for complete recovery.

A highly addictive drug with potential properties to stimulate central nervous system (CNS), methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug with a high potential for abuse and acceptable medical use. It has recently surpassed cocaine as the stimulant drug of choice and works by increasing the amount of dopamine in the brain. As per recent statistics, in 2016, approximately 667,000 people (aged 12 or above) used meth. However, the number was less for adolescents (aged 12 to 17), approximately around 9000.

Synthesized from inexpensive and easily obtainable household items, methamphetamine comes in both powder and crystal form. It can be taken orally, injected, snorted or smoked. One of the most striking things about meth use is its horrifying effects, including abscesses, blindness, respiratory failure, and kidney failure. It is rampantly used in the United States and other parts of the world because it is inexpensive and easy to make.

Methamphetamine addiction

Amphetamines are used to relieve sinus congestion and treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, methamphetamine remains one of the most abused stimulants. Crystal meth, also known as “Ice” or “Tweak,” is a psychostimulant of the amphetamine and phenethylamine classes. Although it is listed as a Schedule II substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), meth’s production and consumption remains largely illegal. It is now required to show identification to prove one is 18 years or older to purchase sinus and cold medicine with methamphetamine derivatives.

Because of it being cheaper than its purer version (speed) and its availability in many forms, meth is an ever-present risk among adolescents, especially teens with depression or other mental disorders, and is prone to abuse and addiction. Methamphetamine produces excitatory symptoms and attempting methamphetamine detox treatment in the absence of an expert can lead to symptoms of depression. To make matters worse, the psychoactive effects of meth tends to cause its users to twist the truth, over-report their progress or play down their symptoms. This, along with many other reasons, can make seeking recovery difficult, even if the patient knows that he or she has a problem.

Methamphetamine addiction: signs and symptoms

Even smaller amounts of meth can result in irregular heartbeat, increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, increased blood pressure, rapid breathing and heart rate. When taken in higher amounts, meth can increase the body temperature and cause memory loss, extreme anorexia, heart attack and multiple organ problems caused by overheating.

Following are some of the symptoms of meth addiction:

  • Weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Rotten teeth
  • Hypertension
  • Chest pain
  • Tremors
  • Headache
  • Agitation
  • Delusional parasitosis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Psychosis

Post continued or frequent use, an abrupt reduction in the quantity of consumption or cessation of the drug can cause meth users to experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, including headaches, restlessness, irritation and drug cravings, among others. Considered the first step in meth addiction treatment, medically supervised detoxification treatment at methamphetamine detox centers helps slowly flush the drug out of the system so that individuals can gradually withdraw from the drug.

Treatment for methamphetamine addiction

Meth addiction can easily destroy interpersonal relationships, financial situations and careers, leaving nothing else but the desire to use more quantity of the drug, thereby, destroying lives. Additionally, detox for methamphetamine can be difficult, as there are no current medications to alleviate the detox symptoms.

Therefore, professional methamphetamine treatment that includes detox program is warranted to break the addiction cycle. This ensures that all possible treatment options are available to help individuals undergo meth detox in a safe manner. Like all addiction treatment modalities, there is no “one size fits all” approach and, therefore, individual treatment may be tailored according to the needs of each patient in order to take care of all his physical and psychological issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavior therapy, cognitive remediation, and neurofeedback are all proposed mechanisms that help alleviate addiction triggers and symptoms in patients. therapeutic approaches like group therapy, stress and anger management along with experiential therapies like yoga and art therapy also help recovering patients attain a complete and lasting recovery.

Why choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego is dedicated to helping young patients who are willing to go addiction-free, remain sober and mentally sound. Our facilities are well equipped and treat addictions of all types, including that to meth. In most cases, addiction is found to be accompanied by a mental health issue, in no particular order. Hence, our team comprises treatment specialists who engage with patients to find the psychological source of the addiction, such as anxiety, depression, or some other problem, and go out of their way to prepare the patients in learning the necessary coping tools and life skills. This is why we are considered to have one of the best addiction treatment facilities for teens aged 12 to 17 years.

What gives Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego an edge over other centers is the fact that we provide our patients with evidence-based treatment modalities, including CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), neurofeedback, and experiential therapies like equine therapy, art therapy and music therapy. Additionally, Sovereign Health takes care of the families of those in addiction treatment by offering non-confrontational interventions in a relaxing environment as well as group and family therapy. Our strength lies in the fact that we create treatment programs tailored to the specific mental and psychopharmacological needs of the patient, thereby, ensuring that the patient can walk on the road to an overall recovery.

Sovereign Health is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed to diagnose and treat mental health, addiction-related, and co-occurring disorders. If your teen or a loved one is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, feel free to call our 24/7 helpline and connect with the admissions team today. You can even chat online with our trained representatives to learn more about our state-of-the-art methamphetamine treatment centers.

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