What is it?
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. When the drug is smoked, snorted, or injected, dopamine floods the brain and causes a powerful high. Meth users can become addicted almost immediately. Much like cocaine, meth users tend to develop binge habits, often staying high for days at a time. Fear of withdrawal symptoms often leads users to keep taking the drug.
Meth abuse and addiction can be all-consuming. Users can quickly build up a tolerance to the drug, meaning they need higher doses to get high. But the higher the dose, the greater the risk.
If you or someone you love is addicted to methamphetamine, it’s critical to get help at a reputable meth addiction treatment center. Long-term use can cause severe psychological disturbances and can permanently alter the structure of the brain.
Substance addictions we treat
There are many forms of addiction and every individual is different. At BriteLife, we understand that a traditional, templated treatment approach will not work. Regardless of your substance-abuse situation, our staff will develop a customized plan for your needs. We provide the care, knowledge, and tools clients need to achieve long-term sobriety. We also diagnose and treat any co-occurring mental health disorders, which is a vital to effective substance abuse treatment. We treat addictions to:
- Prescription Drugs
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
A critical step in your recovery
Signs of Meth Addiction
Meth addiction is extremely powerful, and users can become consumed with getting high. This often comes at the expense of their jobs, relationships and other responsibilities. Their behavior tends to become erratic, and they may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may also take uncharacteristic risks and have severe mood swings.
Meth users frequently neglect their physical appearance. Here are some common signs of meth abuse:
• Obsessively picking at skin or hair
• Dilated pupils and rapid eye movement
• Strange sleeping habits (they may be up all night or for days at a time)
• Borrowing money
• Stealing from friends and family
• Angry outbursts or mood swings
• Neglected personal appearance
• Unexplained weight loss, pale appearance, and dental problems
• Psychotic behavior
Side Effects of Meth Dependency
Side effects and symptoms of meth addiction include depression, violent outbursts, paranoia, insomnia, weight loss, skin abscesses, compulsiveness, and sudden increases in body temperature, which can be fatal.
Long-term effects of meth abuse can include, tooth decay, compromised immune system, liver and heart disease, increased stroke risk, psychosis, and diminished cognitive skills. Meth users are at higher risk for HIV/AIDS, since the drug can affect judgment and lower a person’s inhibitions. Meth is a dangerous drug, and it’s critical to get help.
GET METH ADDICTION HELP
Meth detox can last up to three weeks and you will likely experience extreme meth withdrawal symptoms. The success rate for those who attempt to detox on their own is very low. That’s why it’s so important to seek care at a reputable meth rehab facility. BriteLife’s meth treatment center in Hilton Head, South Carolina is staffed by compassionate clinical staff and counselors. We provide the resources, care, and tools clients need to successfully detox and recover from meth addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with meth addiction, please reach out to our support team at 866-470-2187 to learn more about our Hilton Head meth rehab programs. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.