What is Meth?
Methamphetamines (meth) are stimulants that may be taken in pill form or crushed and smoked, snorted, or injected. Meth can be prescribed to treat ADHD but has become primarily a drug of abuse. Like cocaine and opioids, meth creates a false sense of pleasure by chemically bonding to opioid receptors in the brain.
IV meth users are also at higher risk of contracting a contagious blood disease such as HIV or Hepatitis B/C. Overdosing on methamphetamine typically results in heart attack, stroke, or organ complications, which may lead to death. Insomnia is commonly associated with meth, which users will bing for days, foregoing sleep and food.
Royal Life Centers at the Haven, our detox facility also located in Lacey, and RLC at Puget Sound, our detox/residential inpatient center in Sumner, offer guests an effective, medication-assisted methamphetamine detox, as well as daily therapy and 24/7 access to medical staff.
The short-term effects of meth use may consist of (National Institute on Drug Abuse):
- Boost in energy/increased physical activity
- Diminished appetite
- Quickened breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Rise in blood pressure and body temperature
The long-term effects of meth use may include (NIDA):
- Severe weight loss
- Severe dental issues, such as tooth decay (“meth mouth”)
- Risk of contracting HIV/Hepatitis B/C (IV users)
- Severe itching
- Feelings of anxiety and confusion
- Insomnia and hallucinations
- Violent behavior
Should I seek treatment for meth addiction?
Signs of a meth problem may include:
- Tooth decay/loss (signs of “meth mouth”)
- Prioritizing meth use
- Engaging in high-risk behaviors
- Severe scratching
- Noticeable weight loss
- Using meth in spite of negative effects
- Symptoms of withdrawal and/or drug cravings
If you recognize these signs in yourself or in others, you or someone you know may have a meth addiction.
“Meth mouth,” severe itching and scratch marks, and psychosis are generally the most common signs of meth abuse. Methamphetamine withdrawal generally lasts one to two weeks and is mostly psychological. Symptoms can be felt as early as several hours following the last dose and can be quite severe.
Meth withdrawal symptoms may include (NIDA):
- Severe depression
- Intense drugs cravings
What happens after medical detox?
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