Because meth’s rush of dopamine is much higher than the amount of dopamine produced in the brain, the brain becomes rewired to tolerate this increased surge and, therefore, the brain requires more to “feel functional”. This in turn, causes a spiraling addiction in the user.
Meth Addiction Side-Effects and Drug Rehab & Treatment Center Options for Detox
Overcoming a meth addiction is difficult, however, fortunately there is hope. With counseling, particularly in an inpatient/intensive outpatient drug treatment center facility, medical guided help, and support groups, long-term sobriety is possible.
Meth Side Effects and How to Know if Drug Rehab is Needed
Meth is used both legally and illegally. When used legally, meth, under the brand name Desoxyn, is prescribed for patients with severe attention deficit disorder, obesity, and narcolepsy. Desoxyn is used to produce medications like Adderall or Ritalin. Unfortunately, however, meth is most commonly used illicitly and is usually abused by snorting, smoking, injecting, or through oral methods. While many people may try meth out of curiosity or to seek the euphoric high it produces, the repercussions of trying this drug are severe and extremely dangerous for the user. Some of the deadly effects of meth include:
Short-term side effects:
- Loss of appetite
- Bizarre, erratic behavior
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature
- Dilation of pupils
- Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
- Panic and psychosis
- Convulsions, seizures
Long-term side effects:
- Permanent damage to blood vessels of the heart and brain
- Heart attacks or strokes due to high blood pressure
- Malnutrition from weight loss
- Severe tooth decay
- Disorientation, confusion
- Liver, kidney, and lung damage
- Destruction of tissues in nose (if sniffed)
- Infectious diseases and abscesses (if injected)
- Damage to the brain, stroke, and epilepsy
Because meth creates a false sense of well-being and energy, someone who uses meth will typically push their body beyond its limits. This causes the user to have a severe “crash” or a physical or mental breakdown when not taking the drug. Therefore, tolerance to the drug builds over time and the user, in order to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms or as a result of dependence on the drug, is kept in a vicious cycle of abusing the drug to avoid these side-effects. Because meth is extremely addictive, it is best to seek treatment immediately, even if the user is just starting to use the drug. The sooner one seeks treatment, the better chance they have of preventing any detrimental damage to their body and health.
Meth Addiction Treatment Options
The best solution to get out of the cycle of addiction is to seek help, particularly, with a medical professional that understands meth addiction and how to most effectively treat someone struggling with addiction. Since treating addiction is complex and often unique for each person, having custom-tailored treatment plans is most optimal to ensure that the individual receives an all-comprehensive, holistic approach for sobriety.
Some common types of treatment include:
- Medically supervised detoxification– this can be through an inpatient/outpatient treatment center or through a doctor outside of a treatment center that is well-qualified to detox the individual off of meth
- Residential inpatient treatment– the individual stays at a drug treatment center, where they can have access to 24/7 medical care and are provided for with a room, food, and program activities, such as individual and group therapy.
- Partial hospitalization programming (PHP)– similar to inpatient treatment, however, is typically utilized after detoxing off the drug
- Intensive outpatient treatment– depending on the level of severity with addiction, some individuals may be able to get help through outpatient treatment. Through intensive outpatient treatment, the individual receives the same level of care as someone that is in inpatient treatment, however, they only go to scheduled appointments at the facility and then return home later in the day. This is typically not recommended for people with a serious addiction, though, because the temptations and distractions of being out in the “real world” can make it much more difficult to get sober.
Meth Addiction Drug Rehab Treatment Options for Detox
Meth addiction is a highly addictive drug that typically cannot be stopped without professional, medical help. Furthermore, because of the severity of withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced when detoxing off of meth, it is imperative that one does not detox alone. Seeking help immediately is key. At Infinite Recovery, we know that addiction is a complex, multi-level disorder that can stem from trauma, chemical imbalances, or co-occurring disorders. As such, we have highly-trained and skilled clinical staff on site that can come up with an individualized plan that best fits your needs.
Don’t let another day go by without getting the help you need and deserve. Contact us and we would love to set you on the path of sobriety today.