We understand the challenges of breaking free from methamphetamine addiction and are here to help. Take a moment to explore this article and contact our Christian drug rehab for more details about our program.
Understanding Methamphetamine Addiction
Methamphetamine, also known as “meth,” is a very addictive drug similar to amphetamine. It affects the brain’s dopamine and norepinephrine levels, producing intense effects. Some street names for it include chalk, crank, ice, crystal, meth, and speed.
The History of Meth
Meth’s history traces back to the late 19th century, and it was initially used as a nasal decongestant to stimulate breathing. During World War II, a similar drug, amphetamine, was used to keep soldiers alert and boost their mood. However, over time, it became clear that methamphetamine was dangerously addictive, leading to its classification as a controlled substance in the 1970s, making it illegal unless prescribed by a doctor for specific medical conditions.
The Effects of Methamphetamine
Using methamphetamine over a long period can lead to problems like anxiety, confusion, and trouble sleeping. Some people can also experience paranoid thoughts, aggression, hallucinations, mood swings, and delusions. Meth use can even damage the brain’s dopamine-producing cells. The drug can also harm the heart, leading to chest pain, irregular heartbeats, and high blood pressure, which can cause heart attacks and other serious problems. Using meth with alcohol, cocaine, or opioids raises these risks. There’s also a higher chance of having a stroke.
Recognizing and Dealing with Meth Addiction
Methamphetamine comes in different forms, such as pills or a white powder that can be snorted or dissolved in water for injection. Crystal meth is often pale blue and looks like glass fragments or rocks. People smoke it using a pipe.
Starting the Recovery Journey
Detoxification, or detox, is the first step to help you stop using methamphetamine safely and as quickly as possible. Before the detox, you’ll have a medical evaluation and tests to check for other health issues. This information helps keep you safe during detox. Once the drug is out of your system, our Tallahassee Men’s Rehab team will guide you to the next phase of treatment.
What to Expect in Treatment
Treatment begins after detox ends to help you lead a healthy life without meth. We can also address other issues, like post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety. Several treatment options are available. Behavioral therapy is one of the most effective ways to deal with meth addiction. It involves working with a therapist to develop healthy ways to cope with addiction. Other therapies include individual counseling, family counseling, and support groups.
Tallahassee Men’s Rehab: Ready to Help
Our Christian drug rehab is here to provide experienced treatment and support. If you or someone you know is struggling with methamphetamine addiction, reach out to us at (866) 563-0497 to learn more about our program and how to get started on the path to recovery. We’re here to support you on your journey toward healing and a better future.