10 Signs and Symptoms of Meth Addiction
Learn to Recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Methamphetamine Use
One of the most destructive drugs in use today, methamphetamine – commonly called “meth” – is both easy to make and easy to use. It’s also easy to find because it’s so cheap to make from ordinary household ingredients. Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of meth addiction will help you or a loved one take steps toward long-term recovery. When someone uses meth, the drug causes the brain to release a large amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which gives them a feeling of euphoria and well-being, as well as feelings of energy and confidence. With continued use, the brain’s natural supply of dopamine will be depleted. Eventually, the only way the user can feel good is to keep using meth to create those feelings artificially.
There are many ways to recognize that someone is using meth. They include:
- Preoccupation with obtaining and using the drug
- Impulsive, risky behaviors
- Poor hygiene
- Failure to eat right and get enough rest
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shaking and trembling
- Bodily deterioration such as hair loss, open sores, and tooth loss
- Obsessive behavior
How Is Meth Used?
Meth users ingest the drug in two ways: crystal and powder. Crystal meth, also known as “ice,” “crystal,” “crystal meth,” is an opaque crystalized rock that is melted down and injected into a vein. Powdered meth is snorted, smoked, or heated and injected, and can also be eaten.
It’s shockingly easy to make meth, which can take as few as two days and requires only common household products. The key ingredient is pseudoephedrine or ephedrine, which can be found in over-the-counter cold medicine. Makers also use ammonia, lye, and red phosphorous (used in common matchsticks) in the cooking process. The ingredients are highly toxic and produce fumes that can cause toxic vapors and explosions.
Short and Long Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use
Continued use of meth can do profound damage to the user’s life. Besides physical effects like impulsive behavior, neglected self-care, and obsessive behavior, the user will experience a number of long-term effects that are directly related to the addiction.
- Job loss, leading to financial ruin
- Domestic abuse
- Criminal behavior possibly leading to incarceration
- Memory lapses
- Brain damage
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Serious medical conditions, including seizures, stroke, heart attack, and even death
Treatment for Meth Addiction at Pacific Manor Recovery
The goal of all addiction treatment at Pacific Manor is to Drug rehabilitation is to help every addict succeed in achieving long-term recovery. We use our comprehensive approach, offering various appropriate therapies customized to fit each client’s unique needs.
Treatment begins with detox, a cleansing phase that rids the body of the drugs the user has been ingesting. This can be an extremely uncomfortable experience. Addicts going through detox have physical withdrawal symptoms like cramps, nausea, and sweating. They may also feel depressed and anxious when they are suddenly unable to find the pleasurable feelings meth used to give them.
When detox is over, the client moves into rehab. Usually, they begin inpatient treatment. They live at the center to help them focus entirely on their recovery and build a community of support from people sharing their experiences. Outpatient rehab follows when they can return to living in the outside world. Some clients may begin with outpatient treatment, depending on the severity and history of their addiction. But in either case, treatment may include individual and group counseling, family therapy, medication management, and life-skills guidance.
Drug rehab admission counselors are always available at our Riverside facility. If you or a loved one needs help with meth addiction, don’t hesitate to call (888) 300-4370.