Substance Use Disorders

Understanding Methamphetamine Addiction – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant drug. It is commonly referred to as meth, speed, ice, crystal, or Tina – but regardless of the name, that doesn’t change the effects. Meth produces a rush of euphoria, and often increases energy and talkativeness. At the same time, it can also lead to increased or irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, hyperthermia, and decreased appetite. If meth addiction is left untreated, it can have serious and potentially life-threatening consequences. Crossroads provides comprehensive meth addiction treatment to assist clients in safely and effectively overcoming addiction and building healthier lives.

Friends and family may notice that their loved one frequently picks at or scratches their skin, their hair is thinning, or their teeth are prone to decay. These can all be signs of meth addiction. In addition, individuals may become more aggressive or paranoid, experience hallucinations, struggle with insomnia, or have memory problems and confusion. Once the initial pleasurable effects wear off, the results can be less desirable. Methamphetamine also changes the way that the brain perceives pleasure and reward, interfering with normal dopamine production. Meth addiction treatment can help clients to overcome the negative impact of substance use and begin healing their body and mind.

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Due to the highly addictive nature of meth, detox is a crucial first step in recovery. It is essential that the body is free from any addictive substances before clients immerse themselves in a treatment program. This allows their mind to think more clearly and they can focus on making positive changes and addressing underlying issues that contributed to substance use. Crossroads supports clients in transitioning into meth rehab and conducts comprehensive evaluations to identify each individual’s needs and goals in recovery.

Meth rehab addresses both the physical and psychological effects of substance use. There is not one specific treatment plan for overcoming addiction, but rather it is based on each person’s needs. While some clients require the more structured and intensive services of a residential treatment program, others may be ready to enter outpatient treatment or aftercare to continue building on what they have already learned while receiving necessary support.

Meth Recovery at Crossroads

Meth rehab is a very personal experience. Addiction affects everyone in their own way. Crossroads employs a gender-responsive approach to treatment that addresses the challenges that each gender faces when confronting addiction and recovery. Men and women do not necessarily turn to drug use or rehab for the same reasons, and Crossroads is sensitive to these differences and the benefit of creating a safe, supportive environment for treatment.

Evidence-based techniques such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and trauma-informed care are combined with holistic approaches including meditation, acupuncture, and yoga to create a comprehensive recovery experience. Crossroads engages clients in a variety of therapies and activities to build healthier thought processes, coping strategies, and routines to reduce risk of relapse. Clients recognize the benefits of sobriety and developing strategies to support enjoyment of life’s opportunities without the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It is not just clients who benefit from meth addiction treatment. Families do as well. Family members are encouraged to partake in educational sessions and therapy to increase their understanding of addiction and their role in recovery. In addition, they are also supported in managing the effects of addiction on their own well-being. Women in the Children and Mothers Residential Program in particular have an increased focus on building strong parenting skills and balancing their recovery with the demands of raising a family. At Crossroads, clients are empowered to remember who they wanted to be and take steps in pursuing goals they have set for themselves in their recovery and their life.


Thank You

This was definitely a life changing experience. The staff was wonderful and I am leaving here sober, happy and healthy. I thank everyone for their love and care.”
– Back Cove Women’s Residential Program Client

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