Meth (methamphetamine) is a powerful and highly addictive drug that is a very dangerous problem in our country. It is an odorless, bitter tasting white powder that can be mixed with water or alcohol, injected, snorted, smoked, or taken orally in pill form. Known by a variety of street slang such as speed, crank, chalk, crystal, crystal meth, and ice, more than 12 million people or almost 5 percent of the United States population have tried it, many with addictive results. That’s why if you or a loved one is addicted to meth, it’s important to look for the right Meth Addiction Treatment.
What is Meth and What Does it Do?
Meth is not a new drug, having been around for more than a century. Meth or methamphetamine is a type of stimulant that was first synthesized from amphetamines in 1893 by a Japanese chemist. Meth was originally prescribed for asthma, weight loss, narcolepsy, and as a nasal decongestant. It was used in World War II on both sides to keep soldiers alert. Despite these apparent benefits, meth proved to be highly addictive, which is why if you have an addiction to meth, you need to find meth rehab centers that can help you end your addiction once and for all.
Meth has the following short term effects:
- Keeps a person awake
- Reduces fatigue
- Increases attention
- Increases energy and activity level
- Decreases appetite
- Causes rapid breathing
- Gives a feeling of euphoria or “rush”
- Increased blood pressure
- Causes a rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
- Causes the person to become very hot and may lead to overheating
Despite the possible benefits from the short term effects, meth can prove very dangerous, even fatal, in the short and long term. That’s why meth users need to seek treatment at reputable meth rehab centers to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, and death.
How Meth Works in a Person’s Body
Meth is a dangerous drug that targets the dopamine production and receptors in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that gives people the feeling of pleasure when it is released naturally in the brain. Meth works by stimulating production of dopamine and blocking its re-absorption (re-uptake). Meth also stays in the body longer — longer than other dangerous drugs, such as cocaine.These three characteristics of meth make it highly addictive and give a stronger and lasting high, which is why it’s important to find meth treatment centers which use proven methods for treating the disease of addiction.
Meth provides a strong high but it crashes quickly which is why drug users often using it in the form of bingeing and crashing. Some users will try to escape the crash and stay on a meth jag for hours or even days by taking meth every few hours to maintain the high. These meth users often go for days without sleep or food. These type of “runs” are very dangerous as it can cause psychosis and violent behavior. Because relapse is common when it comes to using meth, it’s important to find professional methamphetamine treatment that is safe and effective.
Symptoms Associated with Long Term Meth Usage
Long term meth usage can lead to many serious and even fatal symptoms without meth addiction treatment. Most of these effects associated with meth use can be treated and even reversed if the meth addict seeks help from methamphetamine treatment centers. These symptoms associated with long term usage include:
- Heart attack
- Changes within the brain, include its structure and its functioning
- Psychosis (paranoia, repetitive motor activity, and/or hallucinations)
- Difficulty thinking, reasoning, and concentrating
- Motor skill degeneration
- Distracted easily
- Violent and aggressive behavior
- Difficulty remembering and overall memory loss
- Becoming moody and irritable
- Severe weight loss
- Severe dental problems and rotting teeth, also known as “meth mouth”
Checking into Meth Treatment Centers
Addicts who are tired of bingeing and crashing should look into checking themselves into methamphetamine rehab centers that specialize in treating both the addiction and the symptoms associated with meth addiction. The first step should be detox, which should be customized toward the patient’s needs. One size does not fit all when it comes to detox. Doctors and staff should be able to make the recovering addict comfortable with the minimal amount of drugs necessary while still reducing or even eliminating the symptoms of withdrawal. There are holistic and drug free ways to reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Once the patient is through detox, the patient’s body is no longer needing the drug, but the mind is still addicted. This is why it is important for recovering addicts to continue treatment in a nurturing and caring environment that gives them life skills to handle stress. Instead of reaching for meth when things get difficult, the patient learns coping mechanisms that enables them to handle the stress in new and positive ways. This training should be done both as inpatient and outpatient therapies.
Recovery from meth isn’t easy, but if you or a loved one is addicted to meth, you need to contact us at Elevate Addiction Services. We can help you get back your life.