When it comes to methamphetamine use, stories abound about the effects this substance can have on users and the odd and often dangerous things it can cause them to do. One thing all of these stories can agree on thought is that methamphetamine is a dangerous and harmful drug of abuse which should be combated with methamphetamine detox and treatment.

Methamphetamine has recently surpassed cocaine as the stimulant drug of choice. Synthesized from inexpensive and easily obtainable household items, methamphetamine or meth 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. Because it is inexpensive and easy to make, it is rampantly used around the United States and the rest of the world.

Methamphetamine Addiction

Amphetamines are used to relieve sinus congestion and to 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, 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. Methamphetamine produces excitatory symptoms and methamphetamine detox can result in depressed symptoms.

Because of its relative cheapness compared to its purer version (speed), meth is an ever-present risk among adolescents, especially teens with depression or other mental disorders. To make matters worse, the psychoactive effects of meth tend to cause its users to twist the truth, over-reporting their progress or playing down their symptoms. This and other reasons can make seeking recovery difficult, even if the patient knows that he or she has a problem.

Symptoms of meth addiction can include the following:

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

Methamphetamine Treatment

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

Methamphetamine is extremely addictive and, therefore, professional methamphetamine detox and treatment is warranted to break the addiction cycle. Although there is no specific medication for methamphetamine withdrawal treatment, there are treatment options available to help individuals detox for methamphetamine in a safe manner. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavior therapy, cognitive remediation and neurofeedback are all proposed mechanisms that are known to help alleviate addiction triggers and symptoms in patients. Like with all addiction treatment modalities, there is no “one size fits all” approach and, therefore, individual treatment may be tailored to each patient in order to provide the most benefits.

Meth treatment programs should offer patients not only an intensive and comprehensive diagnosis but also an individualized approach that addresses their specific needs. This will normally involve therapeutic approaches such as CBT, group therapy, stress and anger management, along with holistic modalities like yoga and art therapy. Calming the mind has been shown to reduce cravings and addictive behaviors.

Sovereign Health’s Adolescent Treatment Program

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego is dedicated to helping young patients remain sober and mentally sound after facing addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs. Although they are solely not methamphetamine treatment centers or meth treatment programs, we do have treatment specialists who engage with patients to find the psychological source of the addiction, such as anxiety, depression or some other problem. This better leads to a complete recovery.

Sovereign Health encourages the support of families in addiction treatment, offering non-confrontational interventions in a relaxing environment as well as group and family therapy. We recognize that no two cases are the same and create treatment programs tailored to the specific mental and psychopharmacological needs of the patient.

We are accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed for mental health to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders. If your teen or a loved one is struggling with a methamphetamine addiction, feel free to contact our admissions team today at our 24/7 helpline to learn more about our methamphetamine treatment centers.

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