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Methamphetamine (METH) Abuse Treatment

This drug is so powerful, people say they were addicted to crystal meth after their first use.

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The appearance of Meth and Methods of Use

Meth is most often a white to light brown crystalline powder.  It may be found in clear chunky crystals that resemble broken pieces of ice or shards of glass.  Methamphetamine can be found in liquid form as well.

Methamphetamine can be swallowed, snorted, boofed, injected or smoked.  If you are looking for traces of meth use you may find small bags of white powder or crystals or syringes.  Other items that could be left behind after meth abuse are small pieces of crumpled aluminum foil, soda cans with a hole in the side or the shafts of inexpensive ball-point pens that might be used to snort the drug.  Q-tips may be missing their cotton ends.  Soot could be all over the place, on jeans or edges of tables, on the sheets or fabric couch.

Some meth users abuse the drug over and over, a form of binging known as a “run”.  They may inject the drug every few hours until they run out of supplies or become too incapacitated to continue.  This pattern can go on for days or weeks.

  • Do not sleep for long periods
  • Lose his or her appetite
  • Lose large amounts of weight
  • May appear unusually active
  • Can seem nervous and anxious
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Experience auditory and visual hallucinations.
  • Erratic and angry

What Happens When People Abuse Meth?

Methamphetamine is a very strong stimulant.  With some methods of administration, there is a fast “rush” of euphoria followed by a long period of less intense euphoria.  Depending on the purity, a high can last 10 hours per dose.

The user feels more energetic, does not sleep for long periods, usually several days and loses his or her appetite. It is common for meth addicts to lose large amounts of weight and look gaunt, thin and undernourished.  He or she will probably appear unusually active but may also act nervous and anxious.

The user is likely to get overheated and may appear sweaty without it being hot or his being involved in physical exertion.  Their pupils will be dilated.  Their blood pressure will also increase.  They may become sexually excited.

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We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us.  We take an in-depth look at your situation and formulate with you a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs.

Serious Results of Heavy Methamphetamine Use

Heavy users tend to experience hallucinations and delusions.  Some users develop sores on their face or body when they have been picking at their skin.  They think there are bugs crawling under their skin that they can’t see.

The caustic nature of the chemicals and the fact that the drug dries up the flow of saliva, a persons teeth dependent on meth may get rotten and brown.  This is referred to as “meth mouth”.

Meth users suffer from poor judgment and may engage in risky lifestyles and risky sex.  When a person becomes a meth addict, getting the drug becomes far more important than taking care of the home, children or work.  The children may go unfed.  Animal feces around the home may not be cleaned up.  Used diapers may be found all over the home.  Drug paraphernalia and drugs may be within reach of children.  If there are children in the home of confirmed meth users, families should take effective action as the children of meth users may come to harm due to neglect, abuse or worse.

An overdose of methamphetamine can cause overheating to the point of convulsions, cardiovascular collapse or death.

A period of heavy meth use is usually followed by a crash in which the person can’t control his sleepiness.  He or she may sleep long hours or keep falling into a sleep.  There will be heavy drug cravings during this time period that can lead to another binge.

Addicts Very Commonly Reject Help

If you see any of these patterns in someone you care about you may be looking at the external signs of methamphetamine use.  Meth is so addictive that some people may become addicted after just a few uses.  You may have to intervene in this person’s life to get them to an accredited drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that can help.

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FINDING A TREATMENT CENTER TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

The types of services offered by substance abuse help centers vary.  Some offer limited services.  Others can be considered luxury or holistic rehab facilities.  Although you want to enter substance abuse treatment as soon as possible, it is important to take some time to choose the treatment center that is right for you.  The right facility will help you achieve sobriety while the wrong one may not produce the desired results.  Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you find the best treatment facility.

  • How far do you have to travel to get to the treatment facility?
  • Do you require special accommodations for a disability?
  • What type of services does the facility offer?
  • How long would you be required to stay at the center if you elect for inpatient treatment?
  • Are friends and family allowed to visit?
  • What is the fee for services?  What payment methods does the center accept?
  • Do you prefer a facility that caters to your religious beliefs?
  • What programs are required as part of your treatment?
  • Does the center offer referrals to other services after treatment?
  • Will the center help you transition to an addiction support group?
  • Does the center cater to a special diet?

It is essential to thoroughly research the rehab facility before beginning treatment.  While most facilities are reputable and provide assistance, there are some facilities that have a poor track record or use unproven methods of treatment.  Use the Internet to find reviews of the center and learn about the quality of care you can expect to receive.  It is normal for any business to have a few negative reviews.  However, it is best to avoid treatment facilities that do not have a clear track record of success.

You should also check the reputation of the treatment specialist.  If the person provides medical or mental health services, they should be licensed.  This can usually be checked online at the licensing website of the state where the person is practicing.  However, you may need to call the state department that handles this type of licensing for information about a doctor or clinician.

A treatment facility should have their staff posted for all to see.  In house medical doctors, Master level and PhD level therapists are important.  A robust and well rounded clinical staff is worth its weight in gold.  If a facility does not have a clinical staff of the website, this is a red flag and more research should be done on the reputability of the facility.

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