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Are you looking for methamphetamine addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one?
At The Plymouth House we understand how devastating methamphetamine addiction can be. Methamphetamine addiction affects roughly 1.6 million Americans on an annual basis, according to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. During the same year, 774,000 men and women admitted to using methamphetamine at least once within the past month. Methamphetamine — more commonly known as “meth” — is an extremely addictive and potent stimulant drug, one that is illegal and categorized as a Schedule II chemical substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This scheduling means that meth is habit-forming and that it can easily lead to physical and/or psychological dependence.
There are numerous short- and long- term consequences that go hand-in-hand with habitual meth use, including overdose-related death. A study published by the National Institutes of Health reported that the number of overdose deaths directly involving methamphetamine increased five-fold between the years 2011 and 2018. When people think of meth addiction, they tend to think of members of a specific demographic. However, meth abuse and addiction can affect men and women of all ages and in all walks of life. Because this chemical substance is so highly addictive, even smoking meth one time can result in a completely devastating addictive disorder.
But..there is hope! The Plymouth House has helped hundreds of men and women recover from methamphetamine addiction and go on to lead healthy, happy and substance-free lives. The Plymouth House Program utilizes a powerful combination of intense 12-step work, therapy and holistic treatment options in order to consistently deliver the most effective and integrated care available. To learn more about our recovery program or to begin your own personal journey of meth addiction recovery contact us today.
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What makes meth so highly addictive? Because the euphoric effects of the drug are very short-lived, people who ingest meth (either by smoking it, swallowing it, snorting it or injecting it) tend to take repeated doses one right after the other. When a person uses meth, a significant amount of dopamine — a “feel good” chemical — is released into certain parts of the brain. When this dopamine is released it reinforces drug-taking behavior, and leads the person to experience strong psychological cravings as soon as the initial high wears off.
Short-term effects of methamphetamine misuse include:
- An increased heart rate
- Increased body temperature
- Increased wakefulness
- An increase in physical activity/an inability to sit still
- Rapid heartbeat
- Faster breathing
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The long-term effects of meth use are severe. In addition to the development of a substance abuse disorder, men and women who abuse methamphetamine are liable to experience a wide range of physical and mental consequences.
Physical & Mental Consequences of Long-Term Meth Use:
- Significant weight loss
- An increased risk of blood-borne diseases (common with intravenous meth use)
- Tooth decay, also known as “meth mouth”
- Permanent cognitive decline
- Intensely itchy skin, which can lead to scarring, lesions and infection (from scratching)
- The development of anxiety disorders/extreme paranoia
- Memory loss
- Confusion and disorientation
- Sleep-related issues like insomnia
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
If you or someone you love has been struggling with meth addiction, seeking professional help from an inpatient treatment center is critical. Because psychological drug cravings last for several weeks after a person gets sober, relapse is extremely common if a person is not admitted to inpatient treatment as soon as he or she has been physically stabilized in a medical detox center. To learn more about the importance of a multi-phased treatment program when it comes to treating meth addiction, contact us today.
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Signs & Symptoms
Signs & Symptoms
There are several signs and symptoms that indicate a methamphetamine use disorder.
Common signs and symptoms associated with meth addiction include:
- Using more methamphetamine than intended for a longer period of time than intended
- Continuing to use methamphetamine despite a wide range of personal consequences, which could include interpersonal issues, health problems, financial issues and legal issues
- Experiencing a range of related health problems, which could include weight loss at the hands of a decreased appetite, or a lack of attention paid to personal hygiene which can result in skin breakouts and rotting teeth
- Significant mood swings, usually marked by irritability and agitation
- Extreme anxiety or paranoia
- Changes to sleep patterns, usually characterized by an inability to fall asleep and long periods of not sleeping that alternate with long periods of sleep (often between 24 and 48 hours)
- Attempting to cut back on the amount of methamphetamine being taken, but being unable to do so for any significant period of time
- Increased excitability and talkativeness, which could look like increased motivation to accomplish seemingly menial tasks, speaking quickly and moving between topics of conversation, and being unable to sit still for any length of time
- Rapidly developing a physical tolerance, meaning a greater amount of methamphetamine is required in order for the desired effects to be produced
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when methamphetamine use is stopped suddenly (withdrawal symptoms are often responsible for cyclical and compulsive methamphetamine use)
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Effective Treatment Options for Meth Addiction
There is currently no approved medication for the treatment of methamphetamine abuse or addiction, meaning that a combination of behavioral therapy and 12-Step program involvement is typically the most effective approach. At The Plymouth House we provide a comprehensive program of recovery that is deeply rooted in the 12 Steps and provides guests with intensive therapeutic intervention that takes place in an individual and group setting. Men and women who have been struggling with methamphetamine abuse often benefit from entering into a long-term inpatient treatment program. Being in a structured and supportive environment helps prevent relapse and allows guests the opportunity to develop the skills they need to stay sober in the real world. We understand just how devastating methamphetamine addiction can be — but recovery is always possible with the right tools in place.
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We understand how overwhelming committing to a long-term program of recovery can be, especially when you are not quite sure how to get started. At The Plymouth House we are available to walk you through every single step of the early recovery process. Our experienced team of Treatment Advisors will personally work with you from your initial contact with us until the day that you arrive at The Plymouth House. We know that in most cases guests and their families have a myriad of questions regarding available treatment options, coverage options (health insurance coverage and self-pay/private pay), our residential facilities and more details of the admissions process. Contact us any hour of the day — we will assist you in making the right choices for your unique situation. Click here to learn more about what you can expect from The Plymouth House.