What is Meth?
Methamphetamine is a commonly abused drug in the stimulant class that can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected. In the same way as other stimulants, meth gives users intense feelings of pleasure throughout the body and brain. As an injectable drug, meth users who inject are at higher risk of contracting contagious blood diseases such as HIV and Hep C. Meth use can also lead to stroke, heart attack, organ failure, as well as death.
End your meth addiction today
Meth is extremely powerful and as a result, it doesn’t take much for a person to become addicted. In fact, after just one or two times using, people have become dependent. The drug is extremely difficult to stop using due to its highly addictive nature. Withdrawal symptoms can be quite uncomfortable, causing both physical and psychological distress. Also, erratic and aggressive behavior has been observed in those going through meth withdrawal. Methamphetamine, like cocaine, increases dopamine production in the brain. People who abuse meth and consequently become addicted, become accustomed to this increase in dopamine. As a result, when it comes time to stop, the body has a hard time readjusting to normal dopamine production. This causes an uncomfortable withdrawal process, which as a result, may have users return to the drug without proper medical attention. Royal Life Centers offers medical detox so that users can safely and comfortably detox from methamphetamine.
Short-term effects of meth use may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
- Panic and psychosis
- Convulsions, seizures
Long-term effects of meth use may include:
- Permanent damage to blood vessels of the heart and brain
- High blood pressure leading to heart attack, stroke or death
- Liver, kidney and lung damage
- Destruction of nose tissue (if sniffed)
- Breathing problems (if smoked)
- Infectious diseases
- Tooth Decay
- Psychological dependence
Do I need treatment for meth addiction?
Signs of a meth problem may include:
- Planning daily activities around meth
- Engaging in high-risk activities and behaviors
- Loss of interest in activities that used to be pleasurable
- Continued use despite negative effects
- Intense cravings
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Weight Loss
- Intense scratching
If you or someone you know is displaying any of these signs or symptoms, you may have a meth addiction.
Some of the more uncomfortable aspects of meth withdrawal include fatigue, agitation, as well as paranoia. These symptoms usually last anywhere between one and three weeks before they subside. On rare occasions, such as when meth was used for extended periods, withdrawal symptoms can last a month or longer. Those who are detoxing from meth should always do so in a safe environment in case complications arise. For that reason, Royal Life Centers employs around the clock medical staff. We also use appropriate medications on an as-needed basis to make sure the process is as smooth as possible.
Meth withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Anxiety and nervousness
- Increased appetite
- Increased need for sleep
- Dry mouth
- Mood swings
- High body temperature
Comprehensive methamphetamine addiction treatment
Following detox, an individual significantly increases their chances for success when they continue their treatment. Royal Life Centers offers a comprehensive approach to substance use disorder treatment, including mental and physical wellness. Further, our caring staff of addiction specialists provides guests with the care and support they need. Guests being their journey in our residential inpatient program, and continue with us through PHP, IOP, OP and finally, sober living. At Royal Life Centers our number one priority is the guest as well as ensuring they leave our care with the tools needed to live successful, sober lives.
If you or a loved one has a meth addiction or any kind of substance use disorder, reach out to us right away. Our admissions team is available 24/7 to talk about your detox and treatment options. Because We Care.
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