Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, can cause devastating effects on an individual’s physical health, emotional wellbeing, and overall life circumstances. A drug that was previously most common in rural areas, meth presence has become more common in cities and urban areas. In fact, 1.6 million people reportedly were using methamphetamine in 2017 and the number has been growing year after year. While the DEA is working hard to crack down on meth production and distribution, treatment facilities are working to help those who have already encountered the drug and are struggling with meth addiction.
What is Meth?
Crystal meth is an illicit substance classified as a stimulant. When consumed, it triggers a rush of dopamine production, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of pleasure. In addition to a pleasurable high, meth users may experience a high level of energy, alertness, and talkativeness, as well as irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite. A highly addictive substance, meth users may consume multiple doses over a period of days or weeks before experiencing a “crash”.
Meth can be consumed by:
- Crushing and snorting
- Intravenous injection
Meth Addiction Treatment
Treating meth addiction starts with overcoming the initial detox symptoms and craving, but goes way beyond that. Methamphetamine can take a physical and psychological toll on users. Recovery can include behavioral therapy and life skills development but also includes rebuilding confidence and self-worth. Sometimes this may include connecting patients with resources to address issues such as tooth decay, sinus damage, and possibly communicable diseases. At Ignite Recovery Center, we support our clients in a myriad of ways along their recovery path.