What Is Meth Addiction?
Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, is a highly addictive stimulant similar to cocaine or amphetamine. However, meth has much worse side effects on its users, both mentally and psychologically. Like other stimulants, meth causes a rush of euphoria, followed by a feeling of increased focus, heightened senses, increased sex drive and a decreased desire for food. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that meth use releases dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter involved in pleasure. While it may seem fun by its description, over prolonged use methamphetamines can cause a user’s appearance to change drastically due to malnourishment, dehydration, viral or bacterial disease, and often scabs from the “picking” that is common with meth uses. Pathfinders Recovery Center is fully licensed to treat meth users and also offer options for detox in the case that a medical detox is required.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Meth Use?
There are many unusual signs and symptoms exhibited by meth users. Many of these occur directly after meth use, which is constant for many addicts. Some common side effects include:
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual wakefulness
- Staying up for long periods of time
- Severe mood swings
- Irregular heartbeat
- Dilated pupils
Long Term Effects Of Meth Addiction
Similar to other harmful, addictive substances, meth has very damaging effects on the user and those close to him or her. If someone has been using meth for a prolonged period of time it is very likely that their drug use has caused a negative impact on their career, home life or legal status. Meth is a very destructive drug, and some of the most common long term effects include:
- Memory loss
- Acute weight loss with no change in diet
- Severe dental hygiene problems
- Violent behavior
- Severe depression following a methamphetamine binge
These symptoms often get worse in users who have a history of abuse with methamphetamine, so it is important to address the problem as early as possible. Many active meth addicts will recount stories of how the drug has stolen their lives from them; careers, families and dreams.
How We Can Help
Pathfinders Recovery Center is dedicated to helping those who suffer from addiction and any co-occurring disorder. We understand how difficult it is to break the chains of meth addiction, but we are here to show you the way. Overcoming this challenge is not an easy one, but you can feel confident in knowing you will have top level support all the way through.
Our program uses a multitude of treatment modalities, ranging from Somatic Experiencing to CBT and DBT, in combination with 12 Step meetings, sober living and service work to help guide addicts and alcoholics towards a healthy way of living that doesn’t include drugs and alcohol. We help our clients break down the barriers by giving them the right tools to heal and grow, and by providing them with a safe environment to do so in.
If you or someone you love is in need of help, give Pathfinders Recovery Center a call and someone will be happy to answer all your questions. Contact us, today.