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.
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:
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:
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: