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.
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 other common signs of meth abuse:
- 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
- Unexplained weight loss, pale appearance, and dental problems
- Psychotic behavior
METH TREATMENT PROGRAMS FOR EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
There are different Meth treatment programs available at BriteLife. Each varies in intensity. Our treatment programs include:
DETOX – During the detox, Meth and other toxins are removed through a medically-supervised program. Clients are kept comfortable during this initial stage of recovery.
RESIDENTIAL CARE – Long-term, intensive program that is the heart of BriteLife's addiction programs. We offer this essential level of care at all locations.
PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION – PHP is a less-intensive treatment, where clients reside off-site and are brought to our center daily. It is a step-down from residential care.
INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT – This lower-level of treatment is for clients who have completed residential and PHP. It provides continuous support to clients and their families.
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, a 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 at BriteLife Recovery
Meth detox can last up to three weeks, and you will likely experience extreme meth withdrawal symptoms. The success rate for those who attempt 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 locations are 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 recognized meth rehab programs. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.