Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and potent stimulant drug that has profound effects of the central nervous system. Known as chalk, ice or crystal, methamphetamine comes in a white crystalline powder that is odorless, tasteless, and easily dissolves in water or alcohol. The drug is a synthetic drug that is commonly manufactured in large, illegal laboratories but can also be made in smaller laboratories based in abandoned buildings and other dwellings. While the active ingredient in methamphetamine is pseudoephedrine which is commonly found in many cold medications, the other ingredients of meth are extremely toxic and includes phosphorous, toluene, acetone, and sulfuric acid among others.
According to statistics in the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were 569,000 current users of the drug, and it is estimated that between 11 to 13 million Americans had tried meth at least once their lifetime. While it doesn’t get the coverage that drugs like heroin, prescription painkillers and marijuana receive, meth use is widespread across the country and those who are addicted to the drug experience tremendous physical and psychological problems. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine, a Florida meth addiction treatment program such as the one offered at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center can help you beat your addiction once and for all. Call Ocean Breeze Recovery Center today at 1-800-960-5341.
The Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction of the Body and Brain
The short-term effects of methamphetamine include increased alertness and physical activity as well as a decrease in appetite. Th drug can also cause a variety of cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure. Additionally, short-term use can also lead to hyperthermia or an increase in body temperature. For those who take a high dosage of methamphetamine, it can lead to convulsions and can result in death, depending on the potency and any underlying health issues the user may have.
Chronic use of methamphetamine can have significant impacts on the users’ body and brain. Meth use constricts blood vessels and lead to a user’s skin appearing aged. Additionally, the damage to the tissues and blood vessels makes if difficult for the body to repair damage and meth users develop open sores and abscesses. Meth use also causes extensive damage to teeth and gums and users develop meth mouth in which their teeth rot and fall out due to excessive drying of tooth sockets and increased acid buildup.
Methamphetamine also significantly damages brain receptors that produce dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters which help regulate pleasure sensations. As a result, users will experience wide and volatile mood swings as well as significant bouts of depression and anxiety. Long-term use can also produce visual, audio and tactile hallucination as well as periods of psychosis and insomnia. Those who abuse meth have an increase in self-harming behaviors like cutting and other forms of self-mutilation. Additionally, methamphetamine decreases a person’ libido and rational thought processes so meth users could contract STDs or get other serious injuries. Since meth use significantly suppresses appetite, severe malnutrition and weight loss are also a hallmark of addiction.
The Importance of Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment Programs
For those who are looking to quit using meth, they need to seek the professional help of a Florida methamphetamine treatment program as soon as possible. While the withdrawal symptoms associated with the drug are not as severe as drugs such as heroin, meth withdrawal symptoms are very difficult to overcome without medical supervision. Since methamphetamine “takes over” the production of dopamine in the brain, once the drug stops being taken the brain can’t produce it on its own. As a result, users can experience extended period of extreme depression that can be severe to the extent that meth users will use the drug again in order to feel better.
In addition to depression, those who are withdrawing from meth can also experience suicidal thoughts. For these reasons alone, those struggling with methamphetamine addiction need to find treatment immediately. Florida methamphetamine addiction treatment programs, such as the one offered at Ocean Breeze Recovery Center, feature a three-step approach that help will users fully address their addiction to meth. These steps are as follows:
To help minimize the discomfort and danger of withdrawal symptoms, users needs to complete medical detoxification in a safe, secure and highly supervised environment. During the detox process, treatment staff may use various medication as well as and other interventions in order to make the process as tolerable as possible. Staff will also perform a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose any co-occurring mental or physical illnesses that may lie at the root of the user’s addiction. The entire detox process takes place is an environment that is safe, secure and strictly supervised.
Inpatient Addiction Treatment
The next phase in a Florida meth addiction treatment program is an intensive drug rehab program which is highly structured and individualized to meet the specific needs of each client. From individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training, holistic healing and therapeutic techniques among others, treatment staff will utilize all available treatment methods and services to help you truly address and overcome your addiction.
For added support and encouragement, Florida meth addiction treatment programs such as Ocean Breeze Recovery Center offer and highly recommend those new in recovery attend aftercare programs such as outpatient drug rehab and/or sober living. These treatment options will help newly recovering addicts understand the triggers and daily stressors that can lead to relapse. Additionally, those who attend aftercare programming can acquire and further refine the necessary healthy life and coping skills that are needed to deal with cravings and urges.
Recovery is Possible with the Help of Ocean Breeze Recovery Center
You may feel that your struggles with meth addiction will never end, but recovery is possible with the help from Ocean Breeze Recovery Center. Our Florida methamphetamine addiction treatment program is effective and delivered by experienced staff who will provide you the attention and around the clock care you need to achieve recovery. Call us today at 1-800-960-5341.