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Meth Addiction Treatment Services in Milford, OH (203) 713-2573

Meth addiction is a well-known drug addiction and substance abuse problem in the United States today. Many people still fail to recognize the dangers of meth addiction. Substance abuse counselors and treatment providers at Drug Treatment Centers Milford are equipped to help if you or someone you care about develops a meth addiction.

For treatment now, call (203) 713-2573.

What is Methamphetamine?

Meth is a drug that falls under the category of a stimulant. This means that it causes a person to feel a surge of intense energy and can also cause extreme euphoria and manic thoughts and behaviors. Meth (also known as crystal meth) is a synthetic drug, meaning it is man-made and does not occur in nature.

This drug is “cooked” from several chemical substances including nasal decongestants, household cleaners and chemicals, and even chemical fertilizers. In other words, most of the ingredients that go into the production of this drug were never meant for human consumption, making the drug particularly dangerous and hazardous.

Developing an Addiction

When a person develops and addiction to meth, they develop what is known as a chemical dependence on the drug. This means that their body has come to rely upon the drug for certain chemical reactions to occur in the body. When meth enters a person’s system, it creates a false sense of euphoria that mimics the effects of naturally-occurring chemicals in the body. At the same time it blocks and interferes with the neurotransmitters and receptors that may naturally create those reactions in the body.

Very quickly, the body forgets how to feel certain sensations without meth in the system and the damage to the nervous system renders a person unable to feel pleasure or positive sensations without the unnatural effect of the drug. This is when a person has become chemically dependent on the drug, and chemical dependency means the person has an addiction.

Health Effects

The effects that this drug can have on a person can be physical and mental. Additionally, it can have serious health consequences and effects.

Physical Effects

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Hyperthermia (very high body temperature)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Rapid breathing
  • Tooth decay and loss
  • Hair loss
  • Skin wounds due to picking at skin (feeling intense itching or skin crawling)

Mental Effects

  • Intense (but short-lived) euphoria
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia or decreased sleep
  • Paranoia
  • Memory loss and difficulty concentrating

Long-Term Health Effects

  • Infections from open sores
  • Heart attack or failure
  • Permanent or long-lasting brain damage and psychosis
  • Deficits in memory and cognition
  • Dental diseases and infections
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Lung damage
  • Malnutrition

Treatment for Abuse/Addiction

The first step in treating meth abuse or addiction is to go through detox. Detox is the process of eliminating the drug from the person’s system as well as to deal with and treat the effects this process will have on the body and mind (withdrawals). Because withdrawal from meth can be particularly uncomfortable and intense, detox is best accomplished in a medical detox facility. This will prevent relapse and help to ease withdrawals. Withdrawals from meth can include:

  • Extreme depression
  • Lethargy
  • Paranoia
  • Intense cravings
  • Nightmares
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of emotion
  • Psychosis

As you can see, many symptoms or meth withdrawal are emotional. However, this does not mean they should not be taken seriously and monitored.

Following detoxification, the meth addiction treatment process continues with individual and group therapy. These therapies are designed to help a person understand the reasons behind their meth abuse (feelings, thoughts and behaviors that led to it) and to develop alternative patterns of behavior as well as coping mechanisms to avoid relapse.

Treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, and restorative yoga may be used to help get the body back in balance and to function properly. These treatments can help stimulate the body to be able to produce and release dopamine (the pleasure chemical) again, for example.

Additional drug treatments can include art and music therapy to recognize and express emotions, and equine therapy to recognize emotions and their effects upon others around them.

Meth addiction is a serious, but treatable problem. The sooner you seek help, the less permanent damage your mind and body will likely sustain. Give Drug Treatment Centers Milford a call at (203) 713-2573 as soon as possible for advice and assistance.

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