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Meth Addiction Treatment

For those struggling with a meth addiction, GateHouse treatment centers offers a way out. You can stop using meth, destroying your life and the lives of people around you, and find a new way of life. Recovery from meth addiction is possible, and GateHouse is ready to stand by your side. For adults who are ready to overcome their meth addiction, we offer a personal approach to meth addiction treatment that is based on proven addiction treatment methodologies and your unique experiences. We offer real recovery for real people by promoting personal responsibility, accountability, and giving you the tools needed to build a strong recovery. We are personally invested in each and everyone of our clients’ recovery processes, and putting people first has always been the bedrock of our treatment philosophy. End the insanity of doing the same thing over and over, reach out today, and find out how GateHouse can help you live a life worth living.

What is Meth Addiction

Meth or Methamphetamines is a powerful stimulant drug that is completely man-made, it can be made with household items or ingredients from your local pharmacy. Though this makes access to the drug easier, meth addiction treatment is available.  
Meth is a Schedule II substance, meaning meth is considered dangerous, has a high potential for abuse, with use can potentially lead to severe psychological and/or physical dependence. While very rarely prescribed for medical purposes methamphetamines are highly addictive and if use is stopped abruptly there are withdrawal symptoms, a sign of meth addiction even if it’s prescribed, which lead to higher chance of use. 

Quick Facts About Meth/Methamphetamines

  • Meth is chemically similar to amphetamines (a medication used to commonly treat ADHD) such as Adderall or Ritalin.  
  • There is a high abuse rate for methamphetamines and amphetamines, though amphetamines are deemed safer to take under careful medical supervision. Abuse of amphetamines may lead to seeking meth treatment. 
  • The ingredients used in the manufacturing of meth are highly flammable and corrosive
  • Methamphetamines can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, and injected by users. 
  • Use of meth can permanently damage the user’s brain. The central nervous system can regenerate neurons but is limited, in many instances, the neurons cannot be replaced.  
  • Meth is typically used in a “binge and crash” pattern. The drug is taken in place of food and sleep for up to days at a time. The user then crashes and this last for around 1-3 days.  

History of Meth 

Amphetamines were first made in Germany in 1887, methamphetamines (amphetamines methylated twice) were developed in Japan in 1919. The powder was water soluble meaning it could be injected. This wasn’t very relevant until WWII when meth was given to soldiers to help increase their stamina and to keep them awake for extended periods of time. After the war had ended there was a spike in abuse of meth via injection once soldiers were returning home. In the 1950s meth was prescribed as a diet aid and antidepressant medication. Being as it was readily available, it was also abused as a nonmedical stimulant across schools and workforces alike. Meth abuse continued in across America relatively unregulated for the next 20 years. 

In the 1970s the US government had made meth illegal for almost all uses. Methamphetamines were moved to a Schedule II drug. The federal government started regulation of the raw precursor chemicals required to make methamphetamines. That helped control the clandestine labs, also opening the door to foreign marketers to supply the U.S with ephedrine, a necessary ingredient in producing meth. Cartels, super labs, small-time cooks, and addicts have consistently gotten around every legislative action that’s been put in place to curb the production and abuse of meth. Over the past decade, meth addiction has spiked across the country, meth addiction treatment has also spiked to compensate for the higher demand for meth addiction rehab. 

Common Street Names for Methamphetamines: 

  • Speed 
  • Crystal 
  • Crank 
  • Tina 
  • Chalk 
  • Glass 
  • Ice

Physiology and Side Effects of Meth Abuse 

Meth is processed through the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain of the user. In small medicinal doses, meth improves concentration, focus and concentration ability. It is also used in cases of extreme obesity by decreasing appetite significantly. It is also prescribed to people struggling with narcolepsy. When methamphetamines are abused, it takes the medical attributes and increases them to the point of damaging the user. Meth makes the brain release levels of dopamine not meant to be released, inciting the rush a user feels and it inhibits the brain from reabsorbing dopamine as it’s supposed to. When the dopamine cannot be adequately reabsorbed it stays in the brain and disrupts the natural progression of how chemicals react in the brain. 

With repeated use of meth, a tolerance is built, and more of the drug is needed to produce the desired effect. Side effects of meth abuse can include: 

  • Loss of appetite 
  • Significant weight loss 
  • Mood swings 
  • Changes in sleep patterns 
  • Unpredictable behavior 
  • Paranoia  
  • Anxiety 
  • Repetitive obsessive behaviors (tweaking) 
  • Psychotic symptoms (tweaking) 
  • Tremors 

Understanding Meth Addiction: 

When Meth is abused it gives users an extremely intense euphoria, making the user feel extremely confident and elated. Over time, repeated use of meth it causes the brain to stop producing the natural chemicals that give us pleasure, this causes the user to only feel pleasure or even happy when they are using meth. Long-term repeated meth abuse can cause anhedonia which is the inability or very reduced ability to experience joy. This intense depression that accompanies a binge or a high with meth causes users to get stuck in the cycle of abuse, there is meth addiction treatment available that gives users a chance at a happy life. 

Meth Addiction Symptoms

While signs of meth abuse are exhibited differently in each person, some of the more common symptoms can include: 

Mood

  • Mood swings 
  • Depression (associated with crashing) 
  • Paranoia  
  • Agitation
  • Euphoria 
  • Intense anxiety 
  • Restlessness 
  • Unprecedented anger and/or rage 

Behavioral

  • Lying 
  • Drug-seeking behavior 
  • Risky sexual activity 
  • Repetitive meaningless tasks 
  • Irregular sleep patterns 
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Withdrawal from usual social circles 
  • Violence 
  • Declining work or school performance 

Physical

  • Heavy sweating 
  • Tremors or twitching 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Uncontrollable jaw clenching 
  • Dull scaly skin  
  • Insomnia 
  • Significant weight loss 
  • Dilated pupils 
  • Scabs and open sores due to picking at skin 
  • Rotting teeth “meth mouth” 

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