Meth addiction treatment is offered at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) through an intensive inpatient rehab program with individualized therapeutic plans. We here at Florida Center for Recovery strongly recommend residential rehab for individuals struggling with meth addiction because the risk of relapse is high without structured therapeutic treatment.
FCR offers a comprehensive series of evidence-based addiction treatment programs, educational addiction lectures, and alternative and holistic healing therapies that consider the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Through the things that meth addict patients will learn about their addictions and themselves during our educational lectures and therapy programs, they’ll be able to recognize the signs of meth addiction in its early stages.
What is Meth?
Meth, otherwise known as methamphetamine, is a highly potent and addictive stimulant drug made from amphetamine and other of its derivative chemicals. Other common street names for meth include glass, ice, crystal, crank, tweak, redneck cocaine, and chalk.
Meth is made out of crystalline powder that a person can consume by smoking it, injecting it, or snorting it. The two forms of meth that are most commonly abused are regular illicit meth and crystal meth. Rather than being a white powder (like regular meth), crystal meth is clear or blue and looks like coarse crystals.
Meth is a central nervous system stimulant. This means that it interacts with certain chemicals in the brain that makes individuals feel alert, attentive, and energetic. This also means that meth can affect the dopamine levels in a person’s brain. Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that makes people feel pleasure. It also helps make a person learn and retain one’s memory more easily. Dopamine can even increase a person’s sense of motivation.
From Meth Use to Meth Addiction
Since the amount of dopamine that rushes to a person’s brain when using meth is much more than what the brain would naturally produce, it doesn’t take much for a meth user to develop a meth addiction. Since meth users are often continuously high, it also doesn’t take much for them to start to develop a tolerance for the substance. As a result, meth users will, over time, need more and more meth to get high.
An increase in meth tolerance also causes an increase in dependency. Thus, meth users will also need to consume more and more meth to not experience withdrawal symptoms. Before one knows it, continued use of meth alters different aspects of a person’s brain so that the meth user can’t feel pleasure without using it. These are all clear signs of meth addiction.
Signs of Meth Addiction
There are numerous other signs of meth addiction outside of dependency, alterations in one’s brain, and the experience of withdrawal symptoms. Many of these signs of meth addiction affect one’s body. For example, common signs of meth addiction include:
- Weight loss
- Lowered libido
- Abscesses in the skin
- Extremely high body temperature
- Lack of sleep due to constant stimulation
Symptoms of Meth Addiction
Many of the symptoms of meth addiction are behavioral in nature. Some of these behavioral symptoms of meth addiction include:
- Mood swings
- Financial issues
- High-risk behaviors
- Poor personal hygiene
- Difficulty managing money
- Excessive anger and aggression
- Disruptions in personal relationships
- Problems focusing at school and/or work
Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person who is dependent on meth suddenly minimizes or discontinues his use of meth. Due to how addictive meth is, meth withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Typical meth withdrawal symptoms include:
- Heart rate issues
- Trouble concentrating
- Blood pressure issues
- Possible hallucinations
- Muscle pain and spasms
- Tremors in the extremities
To manage meth withdrawal symptoms, one should attend professional drug detox. At a professional detox center, medical staff will supervise you 24/7 and even provide you with prescription medication to take to help you overcome your withdrawal symptoms.
How Addictive is Meth?
Meth is highly addictive. This is because consuming meth causes one to experience extreme levels of euphoria. This causes the brain itself to stop creating dopamine and other chemicals that cause euphoric feelings. This is one of the signs of meth addiction. Over time, this leads to the brain of a meth addict needing to use meth to feel any pleasure at all.
Stages of Meth Addiction
There are four distinct stages of meth addiction. These four stages are described below.
Stage One: Curiosity and Experimentation
Many people first use meth simply out of curiosity. Others first use meth when experimenting with drugs with their friends. As soon as people that are curious about meth consume some for themselves for the first time and receive its euphoric blast, not consuming more and more of it is hard. As a result, many people that complete stage one of meth addiction move onto stage two.
Stage Two: Loss of Control
During stage two of meth addiction, the meth user tends to increase the amount of meth that he or she uses along with the frequency at which he or she uses meth. The desire to use more meth more frequently comes from the desire to continuously feel meth’s euphoric effects.
Stage Three: Physical and Mental Dependence
Dependency on meth is characterized by the experience of withdrawal symptoms anytime that a meth addict minimizes or discontinues use of the substance. Physical meth dependence occurs when a person experiences physical withdrawal symptoms when minimizing or discontinuing the use of meth.
For example, experiencing muscle pain and spasms, headaches, blood pressure issues, heart rate problems, and bodily tremors when minimizing or discontinuing the use of meth are signs of physical meth dependence.
Mental meth dependence occurs when a person experiences withdrawal symptoms that affect the way his or her mind functions when he or she minimizes or discontinues the use of meth. Experiencing hallucinations, troubles concentrating, and anxiety, and/or depression when minimizing or discontinuing one’s use of meth are signs of mental meth dependence.
Stage Four: Addiction
One of the clear signs of meth addiction is when one’s meth use starts to cause actual alteration’s to one’s brain’s chemistry. Once a person develops a full-fledged meth addiction, he or she will do anything to get more meth to use. This includes behavior that could put his or her life at risk. Meth addicts will even stop taking care of themselves due to the fact that they’re too consumed with using meth all day every day.
Long-Term Effects of Meth Addiction
If a person chronically uses meth for a long-time, there are permanent effects that could take place. Many of these long-term effects can be fatal. Some long-term effects of meth addiction include:
- Weight loss
- Brain damage
- Severe teeth decay
- High blood pressure
- Destruction of organ tissues
- Confusion and disorientation
- Extreme psychological dependence
- Respiratory and breathing problems
- Abscesses and other infectious diseases
- Permanent damage to heart and brain blood vessels
- Damage to vital organs in the body like the kidney, liver, and lungs
Detox for Meth Addiction
After you’ve noticed the signs of meth addiction in yourself, you need to attend meth detox. Meth detox is the removal of all meth and toxic substances in one’s body. Because of the severity of meth addiction, many people need medication-assisted treatment to help them manage their withdrawal symptoms while in meth detox.
Meth Addiction Treatment
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, it’s best to attend inpatient addiction treatment programs when treating meth addiction. This is because meth is a highly addictive and potent substance that one will likely need extensive and structured treatment and therapy to overcome the use of. The most structured form of meth addiction treatment is inpatient meth addiction treatment. The second most structured form of meth addiction treatment is residential meth treatment.
If your meth addiction is extremely mild, you can use outpatient addiction treatment. The mildest form of outpatient addiction treatment is the standard outpatient program of addiction treatment. The second mildest form of addiction treatment is intensive outpatient program treatment. The most structured form of meth addiction treatment is partial hospitalization program treatment.
Therapy and Counseling for Meth Addiction
Therapy and counseling are effective when treating meth addiction. This is because therapy and counseling help many recovering meth addicts identify the signs of meth addiction that they suffer from.
Therapy and counseling also help recovering individuals to identify the true cause behind their personal drug abuse. Therapy and counseling for meth addiction even teach recovering addicts proper coping skills that they can use when triggered in the real world.
One of the most popular forms of therapy to use when treating meth addiction is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Narrative therapy is also very effective in helping treat meth addiction.
Narrative therapy helps get patients to talk about themselves in hopes that doing so will lead to self-discovery. Various other forms of therapy and counseling can also help recovering individuals to build a support group for themselves.
AfterCare for Recovering Meth Addicts
One of the best ways to build a support group for oneself as a recovering meth addict is to attend aftercare addiction treatment. This is because aftercare treatment programs such as 12-step groups, sober living facilities, and extended group therapy all allow individuals to build bonds with other recovering meth addicts. Add these bonds to the bonds that recovering meth addicts have previously gained in meth rehab programs, and one has enough support to last a lifetime.
Meth Rehab Programs at Florida Center for Recovery
Florida Center for Recovery rehab programs treat patients for meth addiction and any related co-existing mental health condition that they were diagnosed with when we discovered the signs of meth addiction during our admissions assessment. We also offer meth rehab for pregnant women, along with specialized trauma treatment (Rapid Resolution Therapy®).
The intensive family recovery program at FCR is designed to enhance the quality of the relationships that patients have with their loved ones. By being designed this way, our intensive family recovery program provides rehab patients with education, empowerment, and hope.
In addition, FCR offers a Chronic Relapse Program for individuals who struggle to maintain sobriety after already attending addiction treatment. Florida Center for Recovery provides support for all kinds of meth addicts with all kinds of problems, in all stages of addiction recovery.
To learn more about our addiction treatment facility and all the different treatment programs and therapy services that we provide, contact us today! We’re more than willing to answer any questions that you may have.