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Methamphetamine

Meth is an illicit drug that increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, giving the user an intense “high”. Meth is an “upper” which comes in a crystal form and can be injected, smoked, or snorted. Short term effects include increased wakefulness and physical activity, decreased appetite, and increased blood pressure and body temperature. A meth overdose can cause a heart attack, stroke, or organ problems.

Meth can be very damaging to the human body, with long term effects being:

  • risk of contracting HIV/hepatitis
  • severe dental problems
  • intense itching or picking leading to sores and scar
  • violent behavior
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • psychosis

SYMPTOMS OF METH USE

There are many signs to look for when someone is suspected of using meth:

  • Rotting teeth (meth mouth)
  • intense scratching
  • thinning body
  • acne or sores
  • paranoia
  • irritability
  • confusion

METH WITHDRAWAL

Meth is a highly addictive substance, and since it targets the dopamine receptors in the brain, withdrawal can be unpleasant. Like most drugs, it’s recommended to withdrawal under medical supervision. Some of the effects of meth withdrawal can be:

  • anxiety
  • fatigue
  • severe depression
  • psychosis
  • intense cravings

TREATMENT FOR METH ADDICTION

Profound offers various modalities of treatment through every step of the recovery process. Seeking treatment for meth use starts with a detox off the substance safely and in a controlled environment. From there, due to its addictive nature it is recommended to complete an inpatient treatment program in order to learn the skills of how to cope with your triggers and addiction in a healthy way before re-entering the world. After this, sober living and/or intensive outpatient are recommended to keep you on the right path in recovery. Profound offers all aspects of recovery programs, from medical detox to outpatient, in a safe, supportive environment. We are ready to support you in every step of your journey.

Find out all that Profound can offer you in your journey to recovery.

 

Sources:

https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/methamphetamine

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