Meth Addiction Treatment Programs
Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth is a highly addictive chemical substance. This white crystalline drug can be taken in a variety of ways including smoking, snorting, injecting intravenously, or even orally. It doesn’t matter how you take it, meth use is dangerously addictive. The drug offers a strong sense of happiness or rush, typically along with sudden energy or hyperactivity. Methamphetamine affects the central nervous system and immediately starts having deteriorating effects on the body.
Crystal meth is an illegal street drug. There is no medical use for it and the drug is in the same class as other powerful street drugs like cocaine. Common street names for meth include, but are not limited to: meth, crank, speed, and chalk.
Signs Of Meth Addiction
If you are using meth or are concerned that a loved one may be, it is important to seek treatment right away. This drug is a dangerous chemical with lasting physical and mental effects.
Meth users or people who are addicted to crystal methamphetamine can exhibit a variety of behavioral and physical symptoms. Here are just some of the most common signs of meth use:
- Uncharacteristic energy surges or hyperactivity
- Twitching or jerky movements
- Becoming easily agitated
- Dilated pupils
- Reduced appetite (lack of desire to eat)
- Noticeable and sudden weight loss, sometimes extreme
- Skin sores, particularly around the face or arms
- Rapid eye movement
- Skin burns, commonly on their lips or fingers
- Erratic sleeping patterns
- Sudden dental problems, tooth decay
- Mood swings or sudden outbursts
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or believe that you know someone who is, reach out to BrightView today. 1-833-510-HELP
Effects Of Meth Addiction
Because methamphetamine abuse attacks the central nervous system, the effects of the drug can set in very quickly, instantly in fact. Side effects of meth abuse are similar to the warning signs listed above. Things such as tooth decay, skin changes, weight changes, etc., can be easy to spot. However, crystal meth also has some serious and lasting effects that can be very dangerous or even fatal.
Methamphetamine can make the body temperature rise extremely high and can do so very quickly. This can cause a person to pass out or in some cases die. Meth users are also at higher risk of contracting diseases like HIV because they can engage in risky behaviors when on the drug such as unsafe sex or intravenous drug use. Violent behavior can impact relationships and well-being, while psychotic behavior and paranoia can be long-term, affecting the mental health of the user for the rest of their life.
Treatments For Meth Addiction
Methamphetamine addiction, like other substance abuse, can be successfully treated with the right program. At BrightView, we take a multi-step approach to treating the disease of drug addiction. We use medication-assisted therapy (MAT), along with individual therapy and support groups for lasting recovery and successful outcomes.