Meth Addiction Treatment

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Methamphetamine, also known as meth, crystal meth, chalk or ice, is a highly addictive drug. Methamphetamine is white, odorless, bitter-tasting powder, which people smoke, ingest, snort, or dissolve in liquid to inject it. When people take it, they experience a euphoric high or rush, increased activity and talkativeness, and reduced appetite.

Methamphetamine was developed from amphetamine in the early 20th century, and was used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers. Like many drugs, methamphetamine targets the reward center of the brain, making it flood with dopamine. This makes people feel a rush of pleasure that can last for several hours; however, after it’s over, the crash can be quite bad.

Methamphetamine is so highly addictive; so much so that someone who takes it twice can become addicted. That’s because methamphetamine changes the brain; research has shown that by the third dose, the choice to take meth is no longer a person’s own. The choice to make meth moves from the prefrontal cortex, which makes decisions, to the hindbrain, which handles involuntary actions, such as breathing.

Not only does methamphetamine affect the brain, it starts to destroy the body by the first dose. Since the drug makes people feel good, so they may push their bodies further than they’re meant to go. It also suppresses appetite, so meth users often experience extreme weight loss. Their sleep patterns may be disturbed; they may find themselves more aggressive or irritable.

Other symptoms of meth abuse include:

  • Meth-induced psychosis
  • “Meth mouth”
  • Crank bugs – a hallucination
  • Moderate to severe high blood pressure
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Increased activity and alertness, insomnia
  • Severe anxiety, tension or agitation
  • Repressed appetite
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Feelings of superiority and elevated confidence

Red Flags of Meth Abuse

  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Skin changes: shadowy eyes, pale/grey skin, acne-type sores, dry or itchy skin, dermatitis around the mouth
  • Severe nail biting, nose bleeds
  • Aggressive, violent, overly energetic or rambling behavior
  • Irritability and moodiness, with sudden depressive states
  • Picking at skin or hair, causing sores that don’t seem to heal
  • Wakefulness that lasts for days, or perhaps more than a week
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Meth Treatment Programs

Methamphetamine addiction is a problem that should be treated by starting with detox and then addressing the addiction with therapy and counseling.

When starting with detox, the individual may encounter withdrawal symptoms. Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and include:

  • Intense craving for meth
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Cravings for carbs
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertension
  • Heart palpitations
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

Methamphetamine should be performed with a physician’s help or at meth treatment centers. Due to the severity of meth withdrawal symptoms, methamphetamine detox is often needed. During methamphetamine detox, an individual stops using meth while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms and prevent any life-threatening issues.

However, detox from methamphetamine is only the first step. Counseling and therapy are also part of meth treatment programs. These types of therapies can help address the reasons a person abused meth, and give them the tools and skills they need to regain control of their lives and health.

Therapy and counseling may also be needed to treat any co-occurring disorders as well. A person who has a co-occurring disorder has two illnesses at once, such as meth addiction and depression. The co-occurring illness can affect a person’s recovery and make them relapse. It needs to be treated at the same time in order to ensure recovery.

Meth Treatment Programs at Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers meth treatment programs at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach location. Our Fort Myers location provides residential treatment and detox for those that need it along with the rest of the treatment options. Our customized meth treatment programs begin with an accurate diagnosis and then seek to treat the individual based on their needs. Each treatment program will address any and all underlying and primary conditions.

Once they finish methamphetamine detox, patients can then seek therapy and counseling at both of our Florida locations. Based on their treatment plan, this can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Holistic therapies are offered as well, such as yoga or art therapy.

Once their meth treatment programs are finished, a person’s recovery is just beginning. Sovereign Health offers continuing care programs, such as 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support as they work to a drug-free, healthy life.

For more information about our meth treatment programs at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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