Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine Addiction

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Methamphetamine Addiction

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug that though not the number one drug of choice for abuse is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs. Meth can be found in several forms including a white to light brown crystalline powder, clear chunky crystals that resemble broken pieces of ice or in liquid form. It is prevalent on the streets under several names such as:

  • Crank
  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Speed / Ice

Just like cocaine, meth increases the availability of dopamine in the brain. The “high” from meth both starts and fades quickly, so people keep taking repeated doses to maintain the “high.” Sometimes meth is taken in the form of binging known as a “run,” ignoring food and sleep while continuing to take the drug every few hours for several days. The various ways of abusing meth include snorting, smoking, swallowing (pill) and intravenous injections.


Effects of Meth on the Body

Like any other drug, meth also has several adverse effects on the body of the addicted individual. Methamphetamine is processed using caustic chemicals and has extremely harsh effects on the user. The lifestyle of a person abusing meth leads to further damage. This makes meth the most damaging drug on the illicit market. The effects include:

  • Insomnia/ inability to sleep for long periods
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drastic change in weight
  • Increased activity
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils
  • Irregular/ rapid heartbeat
  • Mood disturbances
  • Violent, aggressive/ paranoid behavior

Symptoms of Meth Addiction

Chronic methamphetamine abusers may develop difficulty feeling any pleasure other than that provided by the drug, fueling further abuse. It is important that family and friends recognize when a loved one is using meth. Here are some of the common warning signs one should look out for in the different stages of meth addiction:

Short-term Symptoms:
  • Increased attention and decreased fatigue
  • Increased activity and wakefulness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Euphoria and rush
  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid/irregular heartbeat
  • Hyperthermia
Long-term Symptoms:
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Deficits in thinking and motor skills
  • Increased distractibility
  • Memory loss
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Mood disturbances
  • Severe dental problems

Withdrawal Symptoms of Meth

Withdrawal from meth is a painful process when done without proper medical supervision. Meth has a relatively short half-life and is a fast acting drug. Thus, an addicted individual starts undergoing withdrawal relatively quickly. The symptoms of meth withdrawal vary from person to person and also depend on the severity of abuse. However, there are some basic withdrawal symptoms which can be used to identify if someone is undergoing meth withdrawal:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Incoherent speech
  • Loss of motivation
  • Suicidal thoughts

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How AKUA Can be Helpful

Recovery from meth withdrawal is possible if identified at the right time and under proper medical guidance. Usually, people abusing meth intravenously go under a more intense withdrawal process. The withdrawal usually starts within 24hrs of abstinence and grows more painful with every passing minute. At AKUA, we provide holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat meth addiction. Our recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome their addiction with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At AKUA, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes AKUA one of the best meth addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Detox from Meth

Meth detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:

    • The stay usually lasts for 5 to 7 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Group and individual activities
    • Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment (Residential Program)
Inpatient Drug Rehab Center

This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:

    • The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
Outpatient Methamphetamine Treatment

This is the last stage of recovery and look like this:

  • The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
  • Mindfulness relapse prevention
  • Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Life skill classes