We know from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health that some 12 million people in our country have tried meth at some point in their lives. Furthermore, there are currently some 4 million meth addicts. Most worryingly, most meth users are young adults and students. They often turn to meth detox centers in order to help them beat their habit.
Meth, also known as ice, crystal meth or glass, is a very powerful stimulant. It is a synthetic product that can be easily made using household ingredients, which is why there are numerous so-called “meth labs” all over the country. Accidents and deaths happen with these labs very regularly because it is a highly flammable process. Additionally, the chemicals released during the cooking process are toxic. Once produced, meth can be snorted, injected and smoked. When this is done, the meth tells the brain to release vast quantities of dopamine, which creates an adrenaline rush and a sense of euphoria and arousal. Because it is a stimulant, it is possible for a user to stay up for days at a mine, until they eventually crash.
Understanding Meth Addiction
Meth is a type of amphetamine, and addiction can be incredibly destructive. It can lead to permanent brain damage, strokes and coma and it can be fatal. It is an incredibly addictive and highly toxic product and the high that it creates lasts longer than most other drugs. The consequences of an addiction can be severe and very frightening. Once a user reaches their peak of euphoria, they often start to tweak, at which point they become extremely paranoid and can pose a danger to themselves and others.
Once someone is addicted to meth, their life will usually deteriorate at a very rapid rate. They tend to struggle to maintain relationships, experience financial hardship, lose their job and find their health starts to fail them. Various physical ailments, including “meth mouth” (severe tooth decay), liver disease and malnutrition are common as well. If an addict wants to come off meth, they must prepare themselves for a very difficult time both physically and psychologically. This is why it is so important to detox in a medical facility.
Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms
The addiction to meth is both physical and psychological. Some of these changes are permanent and most people who have abused meth for a significant amount of time never fully recover. Others, however, can be reversed eventually. The symptoms of meth withdrawal are both psychological and physical as well, and they can last for a very long time. Factors that influence how long the physical symptoms last include the length of time someone has been using, and how much. The psychological symptoms vary depending on the person and their own psychology. At Creative Care, we specialize in dual diagnosis, which means we have the facilities available to help those people who suffer from both a substance addiction and a psychological disorder.
The physical symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Psychomotor agitation
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased appetite
- Feeling as if bugs are crawling under the skin
- Irregular heartbeat
The psychological symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Violent behavior
- Memory loss
Detoxing of Crystal Meth
The disturbances caused by meth on both a psychological and physiological level are profound. This is why it is so important to be supported by professional when going through detox. Symptoms that arise can then be properly addressed, meaning the chance of success without relapse is much increased. It takes time for someone to have stabilized, and time is what we can offer you.