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Meth Addiction Treatment
While methamphetamines don’t top the list of the most abused drugs, they’ve made a name for itself as being an extremely addictive and quickly destructive drug. Its addictiveness is such that a person can become addicted in just a couple of uses. With this alarming fact in mind, it is crucial to learn how to spot the telltale signs of meth abuse, so as to seek meth addiction treatment as soon as possible. As part of our non-12 step, individualized meth addiction program, Ranch Creek Recovery incorporates physical engagement and holistic therapies to combat the ravages of meth use.
What Is Meth?
Unlike cocaine, which is derived from a plant, methamphetamine a synthetic product of over-the-counter medicines and various chemicals, many of which are toxic. The base is often a type of mild amphetamine drug (stimulant) being mixed with other chemicals for added potency.
Meth comes in various forms:
- Crystalline powder form, which can be white or light brown in color.
- Coarse but clear crystals resembling a shard of glass or a broken chunk of ice.
- A liquid form that can be injected intravenously.
It can be ingested via swallowing, snorting, injecting or smoking. Meth abuse can be confirmed by looking for obvious traces in a suspected user’s personal belongings, such as:
- Small packets of white powder.
- Crumpled pieces of aluminum foil.
- Improvised paraphernalia such as punctured soda cans or emptied ball-point pens used for snorting.
Tell-Tale Symptoms of Meth Use
Prominent signs that a person is abusing meth are as follows:
- Being unusually energetic and hyperactive, being able to go without sleep for as long as several days in a row.
- An apparent loss of appetite, being able to go without food for unusually long periods of time and yet still managing to have a surplus of energy.
- Suspiciously overactive, fidgety and jittery.
- Looking overheated and sweating too much despite the weather being cold and even without exerting any form of strenuous physical activity.
- Dilated pupils.
- Uncontrolled sexual excitement.
Signs of Repeated Meth Abuse
When used repeatedly, meth can cause the following conditions:
- Extreme weight loss to the point of looking undernourished and gaunt.
- High blood pressure.
- Irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Disturbing mood changes.
- Violence and aggressiveness in behavior.
- Confusion, disorientation and incoherence.
- Dental problems.
Users who binge or “run” on meth tend to ingest the drug every couple of hours until supplies run out or until they are too burned out to continue. Such heavy users are characterized by the following symptoms:
- General appearance, hygiene, and behavior rapidly deteriorate.
- Hallucinations are experienced.
- Being delusional, users constantly pick at imaginary bugs crawling underneath the skin on their face or body, causing nasty sores.
- Developing “meth mouth”. This is characterized by rotting teeth due to the harsh chemicals in the drug, which hampers the natural flow and production of saliva, drying up the mouth.
- Uncharacteristic risky behavior.
- Poor judgment, and a lost sense of duty and responsibility both at home and at work.
What to Do About Meth Use, Abuse, and Addiction
Meth being a fast-acting and very addictive drug, early detection is imperative in keeping a person from developing a meth addiction, which has long-term consequences and often causes irreversible damage.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) is a highly effective method of treatment for meth addiction. It helps in managing addiction problems by effectively and positively altering a patient’s thought and behavioral patterns. Ranch Creek Recovery offers CBT as part of our drug and alcohol rehab program’s individualized recovery plan.
Why Choose Ranch Creek Recovery?
Ranch Creek is a holistic treatment center that offers a more intimate recovery experience and a higher level of care, owing to our low patient-to-clinician ratio. Our six-bed facility is located in a serene and peaceful environment that is conducive to recovery progress and success.
You and your loved one can benefit from the holistic approach we use both in our residential and inpatient treatment programs. Call us now for a free telephone assessment from our proficient treatment specialist. For your convenience, we are also more than happy to discuss transportation and insurance options as well.