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Getting Help for a Meth Addiction
Meth rehab weighs heavily on the minds of those of us addicted to it.
The desire to quit is quickly overrun by the desire to use it again.
It is as if the addiction itself detects when we have a little bit of clarity in thinking because it quickly devours that clarity with getting the next high.
Somewhere within the dark depths within ourselves is what we know as our “former self” who constantly cries and is imprisoned and locked away because of addiction to meth.
So, how do we break free from addiction when we feel utterly weak and powerless?
There is a way. Meth rehab centers are an effective way to overcome meth addiction.
What is Meth?
Reality TV shows give us a glimpse into the world of illicit drug use. Because of these shows, we assume that we know a few of the characteristic traits of a meth user.
The typical twitching and terrible state of a person’s dental health are evident in a user. To look past the obvious physical symptoms, let us look at what the drug is and how it affects the brain.
Methamphetamine is referred to as meth. Meth is a stimulant that alters how our brain perceives pleasure. This drug is used by smoking, injecting, snorting, or ingesting. Once you experience the first “rush” or “high,” your brain desires another high. Therefore, you can find yourself addicted after one time of use.
Our brains have neurotransmitters that make us feel, think, and behave. Two neurotransmitters relative to meth use are dopamine and noradrenaline. Noradrenaline is the neurotransmitter (chemical) our brain releases that puts us into the “fight or flight” response and accounts for sudden surges of energy. When we do everyday activities that are pleasurable, our brain releases dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel good.
When you add meth into the equation, our brain’s entire functionality is altered. Meth forces the brain to release noradrenaline and dopamine all at once at a rapid pace. It is this sudden release that gives a meth user the rush of euphoria and energy.
What Makes Meth Addictive?
People from all walks of life use meth to have more energy or to lose weight. Truck drivers, mothers, students, and other “normal” people try it once, intending never to do it again. The first time you use meth, the significant high becomes hard-wired into our brain.
With subsequent uses of meth, the brain reaches for that first-time high that became encoded in their brains. It will never be attainable, though, so to compensate, the brain tells us to use more to get as close to that first time high as possible. Once our first time high is stored in our brain, nothing will surpass that experience.
- $13 billion was made from the sales of meth
- Three million people (aged 12 and older) admitted to using meth
- 530,000 admitted to being a regular user
- 96% of meth users have “Meth Mouth” with cavities
- 58% had severe tooth decay
- Only 23% had their natural teeth
Signs and Symptoms of Meth Use
It is fairly easy to spot someone who is high on meth. The jittery, uncontrollable movements are accentuated with sudden bouts of energy. The moment a meth user opens their mouth, the state of rotted, black teeth and gums confirm drug use suspicion.
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dilated pupils
- Sores throughout skin surfaces
- Increased energy
- Talking or rambling too much
- Weight loss
- Grinding teeth
- Impaired thinking
- Feeling itchy all over
Long-Term Side Effects:
- Irreversible brain function
- Memory loss
- Sudden fits of anger
- Lack of regard for the safety of self or others
- Dirty, unkempt appearance
- Mental disorder or psychosis
Mental Illness and Meth Use
The use of meth is dangerous, but to add that with preexisting mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, or eating disorders, can be more than a person can handle. This is known as dual diagnosis treatment. Suicidal tendencies are heightened, as well as the possibility of overdose. The worse we feel, the more we use meth, which can lead to overdose and death.
Withdrawing from Meth
Some factors influence our ability to withdraw from meth. The longer we use meth, the longer it takes to withdraw.
Our brains become dependent on meth to help cope with life around us. Once that coping mechanism is removed, the harder it is for us to not only recover from using, but also learning how to cope naturally in the world.
Tolerance to Meth
The more meth we use, the more tolerant we grow, thus our need to increase dosages to feel better. The higher the dose, the harder it will be to withdraw.
Those of us with addictive personalities will have a more challenging time withdrawing from meth. Many of life’s triggers may not be present during treatment, so once out of treatment, we must rely heavily on addiction aftercare resources and skills we learned while in treatment to sustain and help us.
Tapering Off of Meth
For some, tapering off meth is best, while others choose to go to a drug detox center, or even quit “cold turkey.”
When tapering off, the temptation may be hard to resist — potentially leading to relapse.
Meth Addiction Treatment
First off, you need to know that you are in control of your addiction. It may feel otherwise, but you do have the power to say “NO” and immediately seek meth treatment. That “NO” may be the very thing that saves your life. Once you refuse to allow meth to dictate the path of your life, it is crucial to make that call to get help immediately. Procrastination is your worst enemy when it comes to rehab.
Trying to go cold turkey or tapering off meth can easily lead you down the road that has a “U-turn,” spinning you back into relapsing. Withdrawing on your own can be a very dark time to go through it alone without professional help. Here at Resurgence, we have a medical detox that makes the process easier for you physically and mentally.
Withdrawal takes time, and it helps to have someone beside you the entire way. We help you understand what you can expect and what you are currently feeling and going through. The first two days will be the most difficult as you stop using meth. Over the next week or so, your body goes through adjustments trying to reset itself without meth.
This is the most critical time as you approach that corner ahead, where you will make a turn towards feeling better. The withdrawal process can take up to a month or so. There are no shortcuts. To get better, you must walk through the pain to get to the other side. Guess what? We will be right by your side the entire time.
You must take that first step because no one else can do it for you. Our phones are answered 24/7. From the moment you call to the moment you enter the treatment center, you will feel welcomed and embraced as if you were a member of the family here. Resurgence is that soft place you can safely land and be among those who genuinely care about you and want to see you succeed.
Payment and Insurance
We accept most PPO insurances.
If you do not see your insurance in our listing below, give us a call.
We also accept secure online payments.
- Assurant Health
- Vista Insurance Partners
- Ameritas Group
- Health Net
- Horizon Blue Cross
- Premera Blue Cross
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
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