Methamphetamine is a dangerous and powerful stimulant drug. The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD), named meth the third most dangerous drug, second only to heroin and crack cocaine.
There are very few medical uses for methamphetamine, but it is prescribed on rare occasions to treat severe ADHD or obesity. Even in these cases, it is only used as a last resort when other treatments have failed. Although it can be effective in rare cases, it is not utilized due to the dangers of its use.
Meth is classified by the DEA as a schedule 2 drug, but is used worldwide. The vast majority of meth utilized in the United States is made in homemade labs, leading to an increased risk when using it.
Over the past three decades, methamphetamine use has grown exponentially. There are approximately one million Americans abusing meth at any given time. Despite media and public attention being on the opioid epidemic, meth is responsible for nearly ten deaths in the U.S. every day.
Due to the dangerous process in manufacturing meth, as well as the dangers of consuming the drug, meth is considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs available. Those that use meth regularly also experience horrifying side effects and health consequences.
Our goal is to educate those that use meth and their family members of the dangers and risks of use. It is through this education that we can bring awareness and treatment options to those in need. At the Haven Detox, we make it our mission to provide effective and proven treatment to addicts and alcoholics. Our state-of-the-art facility and experienced staff are here to help.
Signs of Methamphetamine Abuse
Being able to identify signs of meth abuse is critical to getting people help. It is worth noting that any use outside of prescribed use by a doctor is considered abuse. This means that the majority of meth use is considered methamphetamine abuse.
The most common signs of meth abuse are rather obvious, especially for long term users. Meth causes detrimental effects to the teeth and gums, resulting in “meth mouth” for many abusers. Due to meth being manufactured in makeshift labs and containing all kinds of cuts and substances, it causes wreckage on many parts of the body.
Common signs of meth abuse include:
- High energy levels and erratic behavior
- Excessive sweating
- Impulsive or compulsive actions
- Anxiety or paranoia
- Increased irritability or violent behavior
- Scabbing on the face or a deterioration in personal hygiene
Risks of Meth Abuse
Meth abuse often leads to questionable, erratic, and irrational behavior. We have all seen the news articles with more and more unbelievable headlines regarding meth users. Delusional thinking also contributes to poor decision making and sometimes deadly decisions.
Meth’s stimulant effects last up to 50 times longer than cocaine. Some users end up staying awake for multiple days without sleep after one dose of meth. It is very common for people to hear voices that do not exist, experience hallucinations, and experience psychosis.
The risks of meth abuse are severe. Short and long term effects can cause permanent damage and even death.
Short term risks of meth abuse include:
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Delusional thinking that has lead to death in some cases
The long term risks of meth abuse are much more severe. They include:
- Skin lesions and sores
- Violent behavior
- Memory loss
- Heart Attack
- Loss of teeth
- Hair loss
When it’s Time for Professional Help
If you or a loved one is struggling with meth abuse, we are here to help. Meth abuse is dangerous, and deadly in some cases. Those who become addicted to meth will be met with severe mental issues like paranoia, compulsive cravings, and other withdrawal symptoms. It can be difficult to ask for help, or to approach someone who needs help.
Most meth abusers crash after a period of use. They end up sleeping for days in some cases due to their body lacking energy and sleep for so long. We recommend that meth abusers are approached in a supportive manner after they crash. Those who are high on meth will not be approachable or understanding.
We are here to guide you through the process of getting professional treatment. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to help answer questions or start the admissions process.
Withdrawal from methamphetamine is usually an uncomfortable and sometimes long process. Withdrawal symptoms usually last anywhere from 1 week to multiple months.
Due to the dangerous nature of meth, the withdrawal process is quite unique. There are three major parts to meth withdrawal, the crash, followed by craving, then recovery. The crash period consists of a period of eating and sleeping for a few days. This is when the body tries to recover. The craving stage is often noted to be the hardest part. This is when the more severe withdrawal symptoms occur, and they are paired with unbearable cravings for more of the drug. Finally, comes recovery, which is characterized by continued but less intense cravings that fade over time.
Methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms include:
- Increased appetite
Due to the extreme discomfort of meth withdrawal, and the severe cravings, it is best that meth users recover in an inpatient program. The Haven Detox provides all the necessary care to ensure a comfortable and safe withdrawal process. Once the detox process is complete, treatment and recovery can begin.
About Our Methamphetamine Detox Program
Meth is an amphetamine drug that is extremely addictive. This causes a need for a detox program to safely overcome meth addiction. Meth addiction can be so detrimental that chronic users risk brain damage, coma, or stroke. Detoxing from meth is much safer and comfortable in a detox program.
Our program has treated thousands of cases of meth addiction. Our experience and comprehensive facility make us equipped to effectively treat meth addiction. We begin with an intensive and caring detox process, followed by therapy and treatment of underlying conditions and mental illness that contribute to addiction.
Detoxing from Methamphetamine
Most of the concerns about detoxing from meth addiction center around withdrawal symptoms and breaking chemical dependency. Chronic meth use alters the brain and how the body functions. Thankfully, medications and treatments can be utilized to help treat discomfort and cravings, alleviating withdrawal symptoms.
We begin our process by completing an intake assessment. This assessment considers medical issues, length of use, and other factors to help determine the specific needs of each person we treat. We then create an action plan that is utilized after a safe medical detox. Once someone is detoxed properly, treatment and therapy can begin.
We utilize evidence based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, individual and group therapy. Our staff of professionals and doctors have years of experience treating meth addiction. If you or a family member is struggling with meth abuse or addiction, we are here to help. Our admissions counselors can walk you through the process of getting help. Call us today at 561-328-8627.
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