Methamphetamine, also known as meth, is a stimulant that has been growing in popularity nationwide since the 1990s . Meth is a highly addictive stimulant that can result in meth withdrawal symptoms, or worse, meth overdose. At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we offer meth addiction treatment to help patients find their sobriety from meth addiction. Whether someone is struggling with pill, powder, or crystal meth addiction, professional treatment is required for successful sobriety. Our Northeast addictions treatment center is here to help.
What Does Meth Do to the Brain?
Meth is a drug that acts on the central nervous system in the brain, causing an increased release of dopamine, serotonin, and other “feel good” chemicals . These chemical increases result in a brief but intense high, reinforcing the repeated use of meth. The short-term effect of meth use is a short high that includes feelings of alertness, well-being, and euphoria, along with decreased appetite . The high is brief, and soon users crash, often feeling the opposite of the high of the drug.
After the high, users experience a low that includes fatigue, depression, and even suicidality . Using too much methamphetamine can result in meth overdose. Symptoms of meth overdose include stroke, kidney failure, or even heart attack . The striking lows and chemically manipulative factors of meth use make meth and crystal meth addiction difficult to treat, but sobriety is possible.
Warning Signs of Meth Use
- Severe weight loss. A sudden drop in weight, although the individual hasn’t been exercising or dieting.
- Dilated pupils. Pupils appear larger than normal.
- Decaying teeth. Also known as “meth mouth”. Methamphetamine is acidic. The larger amount or prolonged use of meth can create extensive tooth decay. This is also caused by a person’s lack of hygiene.
- Lack of hygiene. When a person is addicted to drugs, especially meth, personal hygiene is usually the last on their list of things they need to take care of. Their entire life centers around feeling the rush that meth creates.
- Obsessive and borderline psychotic behavior. Meth can cause someone to behave in an obsessive way, such as continuously picking at skin or hair. Furthermore, after being awake for long periods of time, a meth addict can become paranoid, believing that people are out to get them or that they are being watched; primarily by the police and/or government. Eventually, hallucinations set in, causing them to hear or see things that are not there.
- Hyperactivity. The person is abnormally hyper
- Erratic sleep patterns. Staying awake for days and/or weeks at a time.
- Extreme fluctuation in energy. One minute the person is extremely hyper, and the next, they are depressed and exhausted.
- Erratic movements. Twitching, jerking of hands, arms, and legs, facial tics, and animated mannerisms.
Treating Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
As with any drug, withdrawals can happen while treating meth or crystal meth addiction. Both Clearbrook Massachusetts and Clearbrook Pennsylvania are equipped to handle meth withdrawal symptoms, which are often present during methamphetamine detox. Meth withdrawal symptoms include:
- Severe depression
Meth withdrawal symptoms are less intense than the symptoms of continued meth use, which include hallucinations, suicidality, stroke, heart attack, and aggression . Over time, meth addiction will rob users of their mental health, their happiness, and their futures. Getting sober is key.
At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we can treat meth withdrawal symptoms with medically monitored meth detoxification. Our specialized meth addiction treatment program can help patients find sobriety from this disease.
After completing medical detox at our state-of-the-art detox unit, patients will address other factors of their addiction. Our inpatient meth addiction treatment program includes individualized counseling, group therapy, and 12-step philosophies. We make sobriety from meth addiction possible. Contact us today.
- NCBI, The methamphetamine problem
- NCBI, The need for speed: an update on methamphetamine addiction
- NIH, Methamphetamine