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Crystal meth is a term used to refer to the drug formally known as methamphetamine. The drug has numerous street names such as speed, chalk, or crank. Meth is incredibly addictive and has users of all ages. Most who try crystal meth have a strong desire to continue using it.
This addictive property is the result of the fact that it stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain. This dangerous and potent chemical acts as a stimulant, and the methamphetamine soon begins to affect the body negatively. It causes health issues such as memory loss, psychotic behavior, brain damage, drastic mood swings, as well as burning up resources needed by your body for vital functions.
Crystal meth can wreak havoc on the lives of those struggling with addiction. The first step in confronting this addiction is a meth detox program, which rids the body of the addictive substance. Detoxing from meth can mean experiencing some pretty tough withdrawal symptoms, but the benefits of overcoming meth addiction far outweigh the negative side effects of detox. This is where ARIA can help. If you want to begin to heal from this type of addiction, our meth detox program through our Florida addiction rehab center helps you end your dependence on meth as safely as possible.
What Is Crystal Meth?
Crystal meth is a form of methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant that affects the central nervous system. The substance derives from amphetamine, which is used in cough suppressants and other over the counter medications. However, the same dose of meth acts much more potently on the brain. Unlike cocaine, which is metabolized quickly, meth stays in the system and stimulates the brain for much longer. Short term effects can include:
- Euphoric high
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased fatigue and increased attention
- Rapid or irregular heart rate
- Increased activity and wakefulness
Over the long run, the brain builds up a tolerance to meth. More drug will be required to achieve the same or even less effect. At the same time, the body may start to experience withdrawal symptoms after days or even hours without the drug. Long term effects of meth use can include:
- Significant anxiety
- Rapid mood swings
- Violent behavior
- Severe dental problems
- Weight loss
Because meth is so highly addictive, quitting without medical supervision is generally not recommended. Plus, for most people it is not possible. Some patients develop addiction after only one or two uses. Symptoms may vary and typically last for about seven to ten days.
However, withdrawal can last longer depending on the substance involved and the length of time used. Symptoms of meth withdrawal can include:
- Intense cravings
How Does Medically Supervised Meth Detox Work?
Currently, there are no drugs that have been proven effective in removing crystal meth from the body. However, a medically–assisted detox program targeting withdrawal symptoms can help with getting through detox and maintaining long-term sobriety. Treating meth withdrawal symptoms with the right medication can help regulate sleep and help manage cravings. The right medications can also alleviate the cognitive effects of meth use, such as memory loss and difficulty processing ideas. Antidepressants can help with meth withdrawal by regulating dopamine, the brain chemical messenger that stimulates pleasure and focus. They have also been shown to help resolve heart problems and relieve all other depressive symptoms.
At ARIA, we understand that drug addiction is a medical condition that requires treatment, not a moral failure. You will be treated with dignity and respect during your stay with us. Our goal is to keep you comfortable and safe during the detox process. Our medically supervised detox program is located onsite at our West Palm Beach, Florida facility. It offers a safe and drug-free environment for you to focus on recovery from meth abuse. You’ll have 24-hour access to a staff of licensed medical professionals who will monitor you closely. We will supply plenty of fluids, nutritious meals/snacks, and the proper medication based on your care plan.
What Happens After Detox?
Once your body is free of meth, you will move into our residential treatment program. Here, we will continue to monitor your medical needs as your body adjusts. You will also spend time in individual and group therapy to address the mental and behavioral traumas of addiction. We will help you discover your triggers, learn coping mechanisms, and repair damaged relationships with your loved ones. As you progress through treatment, you will slowly ease into either our Partial hospitalization program or Intensive outpatient program. Our goal is to help you regain your best life drug free, and to stay sober long after treatment.
Detox might be a difficult first step to getting clean, but considering the effects of meth abuse, it’s worth it. If you or a loved one is struggling with meth addiction, the treatment specialists at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America are standing by to help. Undergoing detox in a treatment facility provides not only medical supervision but also a safer environment away from drugs. Being in a detox facility also provides a level of support and an opportunity to be out of the environment where use was happening. Don’t wait to get help. Our caring and professional treatment team are standing by. Call us at 844.973.2641 or complete our confidential online form for more information.