Meth Addiction Treatment in Miami Florida
Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous illicit drugs being used today. It stays in the body and affects the brain longer than many other substances, and its physical and psychological effects are more severe. It destroys the synapses in your brain’s pleasure center, and with continued use it makes it more difficult for you to experience any kind of pleasurable feelings without using the drug.
Meth is a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system and changes the chemistry of your brain. When you use meth, you may experience feelings of euphoria, increased energy, talkativeness and a decreased appetite. It can also cause behavioral changes such as aggression, violence and other erratic behavior that may put you at risk. It takes a toll on your body as well, causing many health-related issues, and sustained use can lead to a stroke or even death.
Meth is relatively easy to create and obtain, making it very popular among people with substance abuse disorders. A recent study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that approximately 1.6 million people in the U.S. said they have used meth in the past 12 months.
How is meth used, and what are the effects?
The most common way people use meth is to smoke it in a small glass pipe called a flute. This provides the strongest, quickest rush that takes effect almost immediately. Other methods include:
- Injection: The powdered form of meth can be injected directly into the bloodstream so that the drug takes effect very quickly. This method also comes with a high risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other infections that can be carried by re-used or shared needles.
- Snorting: New users often try meth for the first time by snorting it. This method produces more of a euphoric feeling than an intense rush, and it usually takes 3-5 minutes to take effect.·
- Pills: This is meth’s original form when it was developed for legitimate medical use. These pills can still be found today, in either manufactured or homemade forms.
Signs and symptoms of meth addiction
Meth users often go through periods where they don’t eat or sleep for several days in row as they binge on the drug before crashing. They may also lose interest in people and activities that were once important to them – relationships, hobbies, friendships and careers often get neglected when someone uses meth regularly and becomes addicted.
There are physical signs of meth addiction as well, including:
- Skin problems. Meth users often take on a gray pallor and sweat heavily because of dehydration. Rashes may develop from a poor diet and bad hygiene, and they may have marks or sores on their skin from scratching at imagined insects crawling on or under their skin.
- Nasal problems. People who snort meth often have nose bleeds or sinus infections, caused by the drug drying out mucous membranes.
- Labored breathing. People who smoke meth often suffer from lung damage and coughs, caused by toxic chemicals inhaled when smoking.
- Mouth and dental issues. These are commonly referred to as “meth mouth” and include tooth decay, mouth sores, and gum disease. Meth use causes the mouth to dry out, which promotes tooth decay and often tooth loss. Mouth sores result from dehydration, and meth users often develop cavities because the drug can cause sugar cravings.
- Irregular heartbeat. Arrhythmia, rapid heartbeat and chest pains can all be caused by a meth addiction.
- Digestive and urinary issues. Abdominal cramping, urinary tract infections, and chronic constipation or diarrhea are all signs of meth addiction. Kidney problems can also develop with heavy meth use, caused by damage to blood vessels.
How we treat meth addiction at Harbor Village
During your recovery from meth addiction, our team at Harbor Village provides around-the-clock care and guides you through drug detox, providing any necessary medical treatment. Our clinicians and therapists work together to create a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. This helps us uncover and treat any co-occurring mental health disorders that contribute to your addiction.
Throughout each stage of recovery, we help you develop cognitive skills and learn healthy coping mechanisms. You discover how challenging irrational thinking can help you maintain sobriety despite triggering environments and situations.
Your personalized treatment plan may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group and individual counseling sessions
- Trauma-informed therapy
- 12-step programs
After your drug rehabilitation program ends, we develop an aftercare support plan that provides ongoing counseling to help you maintain your sobriety for the long term,
Call Harbor Village today to get help for your meth addiction!