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Methamphetamine, or meth, is a powerful and addictive drug. It is classified as a stimulant due to its effects on the central nervous system, and it currently has no legal uses in the United States.
People who are struggling with meth abuse and addiction may find it incredibly difficult—if not impossible—to stop using the drug on their own. Professional treatment is almost always required for successful, long-lasting methamphetamine addiction recovery.
At Miracles in Action, we offer comprehensive drug addiction treatment for individuals with all types of substance use disorders, including meth addiction. If you or someone you care about is struggling with meth use, abuse, or addiction, we can help. With two state-of-the-art facilities, located in Burbank and Northridge, we provide personalized addiction treatment and rehab services in a compassionate, safe, and welcoming setting.
How Is Meth Addiction Treated?
Although meth addiction is a serious and complex disease, it is treatable. In fact, clinical studies have shown that a variety of therapies and treatments can be extremely powerful in helping individuals overcome meth addiction and go on to lead healthy, sober lives.
Meth addiction treatment depends on the unique needs of the individual, but may include a combination of the following treatments:
Most meth addiction treatment programs involve various therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and other clinically proven treatments. At Miracles in Action, our Burbank meth addiction program focuses on whole-person healing that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of each individual person. We personalize our treatments to provide the support our patients need.
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Because it is an illicit substance, all meth use is considered “abuse.” Over time, abusing methamphetamine can lead to increased tolerance, meaning an individual may require a higher dose to achieve the same effects as before. With increased tolerance comes dependency, in which an individual may experience symptoms of withdrawal when not using meth.
As a person becomes increasingly dependent on meth, they are far more likely to become addicted. Once addicted, it is almost impossible to stop using meth on one’s own.
Some signs of meth dependency and addiction include:
- Needing to use more meth to get high or get as high as before
- Spending considerable time thinking about how to get meth, using meth, and/or recovering
- Experiencing problems in other areas of one’s life, including in relationships
- Prioritizing meth use over relationships, health, personal responsibilities, and other obligations
- Marked changes in mood or behavior, including intense insomnia and psychosis
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using meth
- Continuing to use meth despite a host of negative effects associated with meth use in one’s life
There are also many signs that someone else, such as a family member or friend, may be abusing or addicted to methamphetamine.
Unlike other types of drugs, which may have less-obvious signs, meth use is frequently detectable in others due to its numerous physical and mental health effects.
Meth users frequently experience “tweaking,” which results from the binge-and-purge method of meth use. When someone is tweaking, they will suffer extreme anxiety and insomnia for an extended period of time, often around three or more days. This often leads to increased irritability, paranoia, and various physical symptoms, including twitching.
Some signs of meth abuse in others include:
- “Meth mouth,” or rotting teeth and overall poor oral hygiene
- Drastic weight loss, resulting in a thinning, frail body
- Intense scratching and open sores, particularly on the face
- “Drooping” skin, particularly on the face
- Intense paranoia, delusions, and irritability
- Changes in mood, behavior, and/or personality
- Increased aggression and/or violence
- Burn marks on the lips and/or fingers
- Track marks on the arms
- Thinning hair/hair loss
- Frequent lying or increased secretiveness
- Stealing, including money and other valuables
- Engaging in risky behavior
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and once-enjoyable activities
- Financial and/or legal problems
How does drug addiction treatment work?
Addiction affects everyone differently. As such, there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to drug addiction treatment. Instead, the process begins with a personal assessment and evaluation. During this initial meeting, our drug addiction treatment specialists ask a series of questions designed to assess an individual’s level of addiction and recovery needs. Once the assessment is complete, our specialists recommend a personalized treatment program. This program may involve a combination of proven addiction treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, family therapy, stress management, and more. Most often, our patients begin by attending treatment several days a week at one of our facilities. As they progress through recovery, the number of times they need to visit the facility for treatment may gradually decrease.
If I go to rehab, will I have to live at the rehab facility?
Whether or not you will need to live full-time at a rehab facility will depend on the specific details of your situation. For those struggling with very severe substance use disorders, inpatient (or residential) treatment may be recommended. Others, however, may benefit from an outpatient (or non-residential) rehab program.
What is outpatient treatment?
Outpatient treatment simply means that you do not live full-time at the rehab facility where you receive addiction treatment services. Instead, you visit the facility several times a week for several hours at a time to attend therapy, take part in support group meetings, and receive other treatments specifically tailored to you and your recovery. You then return home to sleep and manage outside responsibilities, such as going to school, working, or taking care of your child.
How long does drug addiction treatment take?
The amount of time you will need to attend drug addiction treatment will depend on numerous factors, including the severity of your substance use disorder, whether or not you have a co-occurring mental or behavioral health condition, the amount of support you receive at home, your risk of relapse, and much more. Generally speaking, recovery is a lifelong process. At Miracles in Action, we provide ongoing support and comprehensive aftercare services to our patients. No matter where you are in your recovery, you can count on our team to be there for you every step of the way.
Commonly referred to as “meth” or “crystal meth,” methamphetamine is a type of manufactured drug that produces a euphoric and immediate “high.” Originally developed for various medicinal purposes, meth is no longer legal in the U.S. due to its dangerous and addictive nature.
Meth is known to have many harmful side effects, including but not limited to:
- Mood swings
- Decreased appetite
- Unintentional weight loss
- Poor oral health
- Skin sores
- Intense itching
- Liver damage
Meth use is also linked with an increased risk of death. In fact, meth is widely considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs due to its many negative health effects.
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