Rehab for Meth Addiction in San Diego

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What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that increases activity in the pleasure centers of the brain. It causes quick release of noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin fueling high levels of energy, and libido. It gives feelings of increased confidence, wellbeing, alertness or euphoria (a ‘high’).

However, the high is followed by a comedown, which can last for days. You can feel much worse than before you took the drug. 

Because of this, people often take more methamphetamine to feel better. This leads to a repetitive cycle of use, in which larger and more frequent amounts of methamphetamine are used. This makes methamphetamine easy to become addicted to.

Meth Side Effects

Physiological Effects of Methamphetamine

The 1st time people use meth they feel perky and excited. Most clients report that they became hooked the first time they used meth. An occasional meth user can quickly become an addict.

Meth addicts who are on a binge may stay awake for several days before falling into an exhausted sleep that can also last for days. Users to become extremely paranoid and unpredictable. Some meth addicts become even aggressive and violent. The need to obtain meth becomes the focus of the addict’s life.

Long Term Side Effects of Meth

Long-term meth use scrambles the user’s brain chemistry and can cause severe side effects like hallucinations, paranoia, dizziness, irritability and confusion. Meth can also cause health problems like loss of bone mass, and deterioration of the user’s teeth. 

Addicts often commit crimes to get meth. To satisfy their cravings, some addicts make the drug in dangerous homemade labs. Meth has many street names including Ice and Crank.

How is Meth Abused

It can be smoked, snorted, eaten or injected. Meth’s effects typically last 10 to 12 hours, much longer than cocaine, which wears off in less than an hour.

You also risk overdose from a strong batch or large dose of methamphetamine, which can be lethal.

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What are Side Effects of Meth Abuse?

Using methamphetamine is a risk to your physical and mental health. This is partly from the meth itself and partly from other things you tend do while taking it. Harm can also be caused by by-products and pollutants present when being manufactured. This is particularly risky if you inject methamphetamine.

Using methamphetamine over a long period of time may develop severe health problems such as:

  • physical dependence and constant sleep problems that affects concentration, work, studies and quality of life
  • loss of appetite, resulting in malnutrition, severe tooth decay, loss of teeth skin sores and weight loss
  • severe mental and emotional symptoms, such as anxiety, mood changes, depression, suicidal thoughts, aggression and psychosis (paranoia, hallucinations – seeing and hearing unreal things and delusions)
  • high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks.

Other risks include:

  • the unknown effect methamphetamine has when it is mixed with other drugs or medication
  • risky sexual behavior that leads to STIs or unplanned pregnancy
  • risk of overdose from a strong batch or large dose of methamphetamine, which often leads to death
  • other diseases gotten from injecting (eg, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, skin infection, septicaemia).

You also put yourself at risk of a criminal conviction, since meth is classified as a Class A drug, just like heroin. You may recover from a lot of the harm after you stop using the drug, but other effects might be permanent. 

Being addicted means losing control over your use, finding it difficult to stop using the drug, with cravings and a compulsive drive to keep using, despite awful consequences. People may have a physical craving, a psychological need or both.

Meth Addiction Treatment in San Diego

Meth requires specific attention to the body’s physiological withdrawal symptoms, a detoxification experience that Refresh Recovery professionals and clinicians have. Treatment for meth addiction is a long-term process.

There are many services that can help you to recover, from online counseling to inpatient rehab, such as those available at Refresh recovery.

Recovering meth addicts are not able to experience pleasure, sometimes for months. Combined with meth’s strong psychological addiction, this often leads to relapses.

The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are designed to help addicts change their thinking and behavior. They learn new ways to cope with stress. Treatment that involves the addict’s entire family is most successful, and support groups are helpful when used to supplement this treatment.

Some people believe the “Matrix” model is an effective way to treat meth addiction. In this method of outpatient therapy, patients learn about their addiction and how to manage cravings and avoid risky activities that could trigger using meth again. The “Matrix” method also uses family therapy, drug testing and a 12-step process.

If you decide to cut back or stop after using methamphetamine often, you are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms, which depends on how you have been consuming (drinking, smoking, snorting, injecting).

The longer you are addicted the harder it is to break free. At Refresh Recovery mental health and addiction treatment, rehab for meth can be treated with:

  • counseling, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy (psychological treatment that encourage a change your behavior in the patient)
  • medication, group therapy, family therapy, detox programs
  • inpatient or outpatient rehab
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