Methamphetamine Addiction Treatment
One of the most dangerous illegal drugs available is methamphetamine. Commonly known as “crystal meth,” this drug is generally found in a white powder that resembles glass. Meth is a central nervous system stimulant that can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally. Meth floods the brain with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates reward and pleasure centers. The resulting euphoria can overwhelm men and rewire their neural pathways.
Many social, physical, emotional, and behavioral issues are associated with meth addiction. The meth addict’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic; they avoid fulfilling personal responsibilities, and relationships may crumble.
Usage can cause grades and work performance to plummet even among high-achieving men, resulting in financial strain, unemployment, and homelessness. Meth use can lead to risky behaviors, dangerous relationships, and suicide.
Meth addiction treatment is vital to preserve your wellbeing or that of someone you love, which is why you need to reach out to Origins Recovery Center as soon as the addiction comes to light.
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
Signs of Methamphetamine Use
Men of all ages and socioeconomic groups are increasingly struggling with meth addiction.
Methamphetamine use disorders can turn the drug into the focus of your life. Meth can adversely affect your emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being on many levels.
Physical symptoms and signs include:
- Dramatic weight loss
- Appetite changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Trembling and shaking
- Elevated temperature
- Tooth and bone degradation
- Skin abscesses at injection sites
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Decreased libido
Psychological, behavioral, and emotional symptoms include:
- Social isolation
- Secret drug use
- Violent or risky behaviors
- Relationship problems
- Aggressive behaviors
- Repetitive behaviors
- Skin sensations of crawling insects
- Disorganized thoughts
Understanding Meth Withdrawal
Detoxing from meth usually is not as physically dangerous as detoxing from alcohol or benzodiazepines. However, meth-induced psychosis can develop and lead to the user hurting themselves or other people.
A trained medical professional should always supervise detox from meth. Meth users may experience paranoia, agitation, and delusions along with visual and auditory hallucinations. Infection from incessant skin picking is also an issue.
Other symptoms of meth withdrawal include:
- Suicidal ideation/suicide
- Extreme anxiety
- Teeth grinding
- Increased sleeping
- Decreased energy
- Night sweats
Our experienced multidisciplinary team at Origins Recovery Center in South Padre Island, Texas treats methamphetamine addiction with advanced clinical and medical outcome-driven interventions. Our team consists of medical doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses who are available 24-hours a day.
Meth Addiction Treatment: Medical Detox
Detoxification is only the first step towards recovery from methamphetamine use and doesn’t guarantee permanent sobriety. Sophisticated medical care from trained professionals and adequate clinical support help men stay sober after detox. With help, men can experience true healing as issues of mental, physical, and psychological well-being are all addressed.
Highly Customized Treatment Modalities
Meth addiction treatment also includes dealing with issues of trauma. Many men who use methamphetamines have experienced trauma from the dangerous measures taken to obtain the drug or previous childhood incidents. Individuals must remain in a comprehensive addiction treatment program long enough to build healthy habits, learn techniques for improving their quality of life, and form new brain connections.
Origins Recovery Center uses trauma-informed care to enhance recovery. Our team treats co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors at Origins Recovery Center work together to develop a rehabilitation plan that includes evidence-based neurological interventions and robust counseling sessions.
Origin Recovery Center’s treatment modalities include:
- Therapy for trauma
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Recreational therapies
- Personal training
- Nutritional coaching
- Wellness activities
- Spiritual care and support
Using Science to Heal the Brain after Meth Use
Methamphetamines affect dopamine levels by flooding neurotransmitters and disrupting normal brain function. Dopamine affects emotions, motivation, reward processing, movement, memory, and learning; it also dysregulates the brain’s ability to feel pleasure. After repeatedly taking meth, a tolerance develops, requiring higher doses to accomplish the same results.
For men with a methamphetamine addiction, it may be hard to feel happy since the brain functions differently with increased drug use, affecting overall chemical makeup and circuitry.
How Origins Can Help
Origins Recovery Center’s multidisciplinary experts are skilled at treating men with meth addiction. Our physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed therapists, and 12-Step immersion staff treat all the body, mind, and spirit issues that arise from substance use disorders.
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