Substance Use Disorders

Understanding Methamphetamine Addiction – Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Methamphetamine (commonly referred as meth, speed, ice, or crystal) is a highly addictive stimulant drug. 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.

 

Signs of Meth Addiction

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Friends and family may notice that their loved ones frequently pick at or scratch their skin, they lose hair, 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 programs can help clients to overcome the negative impact of substance use and begin healing their body and mind.

 

Treatment of Meth Addiction

Meth addiction rehab is a very personal experience as addiction affects everyone in their own way. Here at Crossroads, we are aware that there is not one specific treatment plan for overcoming addiction, and so our methods and approach are 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. We even offer gender-responsive treatment because we know that men and women do not have the same struggles and challenges when recovering.

Crossroads supports clients in transitioning into meth rehab step by step. Our first step in recovering the client is usually detoxification due to the highly addictive nature of meth. Detoxification from the substance is essential so that the body may be free from any addictive substances before the client immerses himself in the 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.

Once the client is detoxified, Crossroads addresses both the physical and psychological effects of substance use. We engage clients in a variety of therapies and activities to build healthier thought processes, coping strategies, and routines to reduce risk of relapse. We use evidence-based techniques such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and trauma-informed care to help treat and rehabilitate the client.

We also combine these techniques with holistic approaches including meditation, acupuncture, and yoga to create a comprehensive recovery experience. Furthermore, we help clients recognize the benefits of sobriety and how to enjoy life’s opportunities without the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It is not just clients who benefit from meth addiction treatment—their families do as well. This is why Crossroads encourages family members to partake in educational sessions and therapy to increase their understanding of addiction and their role in their loved one’s 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. If you are someone or have a loved one suffering from meth addiction, then contact us immediately for inquiries and consultation.

 

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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.”
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