What Happens if You Have an Allergic Reaction to Meth
Everything You Need to Know About Meth Allergic Reactions
When a person thinks of meth, they typically don’t associate this type of drug with being a substance that they would have an allergic reaction to. However, there are some people that make the decision to experiment with meth for the first time and learn in a traumatic way that they actually have an allergy to this deadly drug. The reality is that meth is an incredibly powerful stimulant and a person may become addicted to this substance after only a handful of uses. It also may be difficult to identify that a person is having an allergic reaction to meth until it is too late because what they are experiencing can be viewed as “normal” addictive behavior.
Signs and Symptoms of Meth Use and Addiction
There are several clear and not so clear signs that you or a loved one may be suffering from an addiction to meth. Many times, a friend or a family member reaches out to a treatment facility in hopes of gathering more information regarding what signs to be on the lookout for. Remember, if you have concerns regarding a loved one, the Pacific Manor treatment team is always here to answer any of your questions.
Here are some examples of common signs and symptoms of meth use or addiction:
- Weight loss
- Liver damage
- Rotted teeth, also referred to as “meth mouth”
- Acne sores
- Intense scratching
It’s important to remember that meth users experience not only the physical impact of their addiction but a psychological one as well. The drug itself can completely rewire a person’s brain which will have a direct effect on how they respond to certain situations. For example, although the initial effect of meth is euphoria, this can also lead to psychosis. Meth-infused psychosis is particularly dangerous because it can lead to hallucinations or paranoia.
Taking meth can also lead to insomnia because the body will be on overdrive during the time that you are under the influence of this drug. This is commonly known as tweaking. Tweaking can last anywhere between three to 15 days with psychological consequences such as increased paranoia and confusion over and above not sleeping. When a person comes through the tweaking stage, it’s been shown that they are prone to violence because their body is so worn down and tired from being up for so long.
Side Effects of Meth
There is no question that meth use can have a direct and life-changing impact on your life. Although the side effects of meth use can seemingly go on endlessly, here are some examples of the typical ones:
Since there is a tremendous amount of stress and strain on your heart during the time that you have meth in your system, the blood vessels in your body may constrict leading to the formation of blood clots. If a blood vessel ruptures, this can ultimately bleed into your heart which can cause death.
Meth use can increase the possibility that you may develop hepatitis or even some form of liver failure. The reason for this is because of the multitude of toxins that are often found in meth which can include battery acid, paint thinner, and even lithium. These substances are seemingly impossible for the liver to break down and can cause serious strain on this organ in the process.
Meth can be consumed in different ways, however, the most common way that it is consumed is through smoking it. When you use this option, you put yourself in a position where you will directly damage your lungs. Once again, meth will also constrict your blood vessels which makes it difficult for the right amount of blood to get to your lungs and help them function properly.
Signs of Allergic Reaction to Meth
When you’re under the influence, it may be difficult if not impossible to tell whether or not you’re having an allergic reaction to meth because the signs of an allergic reaction can be hard to discern at times. However, if you experience any one of the following signs, then you’re likely having an allergic reaction:
Since meth is a stimulant, many people expect their hearts to beat faster during the time that they are under the influence. However, if you begin to experience pain in your chest, trouble breathing, or even lightheadedness, then it’s possible that you may be suffering from an allergic reaction to meth.
When your heart works overtime and pumps more blood throughout your body, you may experience swelling in different parts of your body, specifically your facial area. Lip, facial and tongue swelling are all common examples of allergic reactions to this substance. Also, it’s possible that you may experience hives or blurry vision. Keep in mind that any one of these symptoms could ultimately lead to a seizure or convulsion.
Do you feel a numbness in your extremities during the time that you’re under the influence of meth? There is a common misconception that this is just one of the effects of being high. However, numbness, feeling cold or your skin changing color are all signs of an allergic reaction.
What to Do if You Have an Allergic Reaction to Meth
If you believe that you or a loved one is having an allergic reaction to meth, then you need to reach out for help right away. You should immediately call 911 as these reactions could be potentially deadly. For instance, if a person is having heart problems, it’s possible that they could stop breathing altogether which could lead to serious health problems or even death. You should never sit back and wait to see if these symptoms get any better. Proactively getting in touch with emergency personnel could ultimately save your life or the life of the person that you love so be sure to take this right away.
Treatment for Meth Addiction
If you’re suffering from an addiction to meth, it’s critical that you reach out and get the help that you need from a trusted treatment facility. Any top-notch recovery center will offer you a multitude of options when it comes to treatment plans. Keep in mind that inpatient or outpatient plans can last anywhere between 30 and 90 days and can always be extended according to your needs.
Detox is a critical component when it comes to healing from the impact of meth. When you initially reach out to a treatment facility, it’s critical that you are completely transparent with them regarding the severity of your addiction. This will help your treatment team to develop a detox plan and try to gauge the severity of the types of withdrawal symptoms that you may experience during your initial week in detox. You will experience the worst of your withdrawal symptoms within the first three days of detox and then be able to better plan for your treatment once you are no longer under the influence of this substance and are beginning to heal from it.
If you need to go through detox, it’s always recommended that you seriously consider committing to an inpatient program. The reason behind this is that an inpatient program will provide you with the same continuous level of care that you experienced during the time that you are in detox. You will have a safe and sober place to live during your time in an inpatient program with the peace of mind of knowing that a member of your treatment team is always available if you find yourself struggling on that day.
There are many people that simply don’t feel comfortable with the premise of an inpatient program or they are unable to commit to one because of their work or school responsibilities. If you find yourself in this category, then an outpatient program would be an ideal option for you. An outpatient program allows you to have more flexibility regarding your treatment schedule and plan because you can build it around your current work or school responsibilities. If you do have work or school duties, it’s recommended that you let your intake team know when you initially reach out because that will help them to form a better plan.
At Pacific Manor, we can help you to reclaim your life. We focus on providing every client with the individualized care and attention that they need to overcome their addiction once and for all. We understand the importance of providing our clients with a sober and welcoming environment throughout the course of the time that they are with us. A member of our intake team is always available to speak with you or your loved ones in more detail about the different types of treatment options that we offer at our facility and address any concerns that you have. To learn more about our rehab programs, we encourage you to give us a call today at (888) 300-4370.
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