Meth Addiction Treatment Program

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug which is highly addictive and destructive. Commonly referred to as just ‘meth’, Methamphetamine is often developed in pharmacy labs outside of the United States and Canada.

It comes in a powdered form that is dissolved in liquid, snorted or smoked. When taken, meth blocks open the pleasure receptor in the brain releasing an influx of dopamine. This creates an intense feeling of euphoria or a “rush” to the individual. It also intensifies further cravings and need for the drug.

WHY IS METH SO ADDICTIVE?

Meth is so addictive because it revs up the “feel-good” chemicals that your brain naturally produces, which include both dopamine and serotonin.

We already noted that dopamine is responsible for the high that meth helps people achieve. That’s because dopamine helps you feel emotions associated with motivation and pleasure — it’s the reward your brain is wired to dole out when you do something good such as exercise, eat right or succeed at work. Meth causes your brain to cycle an inappropriate amount of this chemical, which means your body is getting a false reward. And it probably likes that feeling.

Serotonin helps your body regulate important behaviors and functions, including memory, mood and appetite. When you use meth, you go through cycles of high levels of serotonin followed by crashes once the drug wears off. Your body can’t regulate itself correctly, so it desires more of the drug.

In short, your body and brain begin to crave meth. The cravings can be bad enough that you’re unable to control your response to them. Throw in withdrawal symptoms, which can include carb cravings, depression, anxiety, fatigue and psychosis, and you can see that meth addiction can be hard, if not impossible, to break using sheer willpower.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF METH ABUSE

Symptoms that someone may be using meth include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased body temperature
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Obsessive focus with performing repetitive actions
  • Tremors and jaw clenching

COMMON REASONS PEOPLE AVOID METH REHAB

According to numbers from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 700,000 people use meth monthly, but only a tiny percent of American adults ever seek meth addiction treatment.

Reasons people give for not reaching out for professional help with meth addiction — or addiction to any substance — can include:

  • Denial about addiction, which can include the belief that they are a recreational user and can stop at any time
  • A desire to stay “in control,” which means the person thinks they can treat the addiction on their own
  • Fear of being discovered or sharing the information about drug use with friends or family
  • Fear of losing a job or other opportunities
  • Being scared about the unknowns related to rehab if they’ve never experienced it before

REASONS TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL METH ADDICTION TREATMENT

But meth addiction can be treated, and you can look toward a more positive, healthier lifestyle in the future when you get professional help. Here are just a few reasons to reach out for help if you’re experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of meth abuse above.

  • Professional rehab for meth helps you gain control. Yes, you get help and guidance from others. But the goal is to provide you with the skills you need to take control of your life again.
  • You have more to lose not getting help. You could lose your job, friends, family and opportunities because of your drug addiction and associated dangers, behaviors and legal problems. Recovery helps you begin to heal yourself as well as the cracks that meth may have made in your life.
  • You don’t have to be afraid. Contact us today to find out more about our rehab treatment and what to expect so you’re stepping into comfort instead of the unknown.

THERAPY OPTIONS

The most effective approach for meth addiction is holistic. While the client lives in a therapeutic community, we use a range of diverse group and individual interventions. The group recovers together with the support of experienced clinicians creating real change and the basis to stay clean and sober for the long-term. 

Affordable and effective continuing care is as important as primary care and treatment. Addiction doesn’t occur in a few weeks and the addict needs to keep working on their program of recovery to keep their disease in remission.

The focus of treatment at Recovery Works is on the group process with therapy and programs that address personal struggles. This approach is then coupled with a strong emphasis on Continuing Care through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.  We encourage you to call today for more information or a free assessment at +1 778-430-1212.
 
Website content written by Lowell Monkhouse, MA, ADC – Addiction Counsellor and Trauma Therapist

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