Crystal methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, is a drug which increases dopamine in the brain. It creates an intense, euphoric feeling for the user and is also known to raise energy levels extremely high. Methamphetamine is an illegal and extremely powerful street drug that is considered to be in the same class as cocaine. Nicknames include meth, crank, speed or chalk. Casual abuse can easily turn into addiction with this dangerous substance.
Crystal meth is a white crystalline drug that is typically taken by inhaling through the nose, smoking, or injecting. The drug can also be taken orally, but all methods develop a strong desire to continue use of the drug due to a false sense of happiness and well-being, rush of confidence and energy that the drug produces. These effects of crystal meth often last from six to eight hour, but can even last up to twenty-four hours.
After the stages of energy subside, the body will crash. When this happens, usually the user will experience severe depression and lack of motivation. The withdrawal effects of this drug are emotionally intense, and because of this, it causes users to reuse, and doing this again and again over time it forms the addiction.
After abusing methamphetamine, it is common that the user experiences a “tweaking” phase. Tweaking is usually described as heightened paranoia. This can cause people to have a mental or physical breakdown, hallucinations are often present during this phase of the drug’s effects.
Even in a short time period, the effects of methamphetamine are clearly visible. When someone is battling with a crystal meth addiction there are many signs to look for.
Signs and Symptoms – Short Term
Emotional and Behavioral:
- Blemishes or open wounds from picking
- Seizures and convulsions
Signs and Symptoms – Long Term:
All of these long term side effects should be considered a serious health concern.
Emotional and Behavioral:
- Memory loss
- Extreme levels of aggression
- Breathing Issues
- Tooth decay
- Liver, lung, and kidney damage
- Risk of infectious diseases
- Heart attack, stroke, or even death
How is Methamphetamine Addiction Treated?
After successful detox at an inpatient facility, patients will often take part in an intensive outpatient program for continued treatment. At A New Start, Inc., we utilize a multi-dynamic approach to treatment using proven therapy methods. Our therapists are diversely trained to provide clients with the best treatment available for their individual needs. We believe that treatment involves healing the mind, body and spirit.
A New Start, Inc. is an intensive outpatient detox program in West Palm Beach offering support and guidance for those looking for methamphetamine addiction treatment. Our dedicated and experienced IOP staff provides therapy services and a support system throughout the treatment process.To learn more about our program, please call 1-844-TALK-ANS.