Massachusetts Methamphetamine Treatment Program
Meth Addiction Treatment
What is Methamphetamine?
Methamphetamines are addictive and powerful stimulant drugs that increase activity in parts of the brain and central nervous system. There are two kinds of methamphetamines. There is a prescription medication called Desoxyn, that can be prescribed to treat ADHD and obesity, however, it is not very commonly used. Another form of methamphetamine is “meth” or “crystal meth”, which are illicit, synthetic forms of the drug that are widely abused today. Illicit “meth” and “crystal meth” are created in illegal laboratories and are fairly cheap to make.
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Where Does Methamphetamine Come From?
Methamphetamine is extremely dangerous and highly addictive. According to the definition by the National Institutes of Health:
Most methamphetamine in the United States is produced by transactional criminal organizations in Mexico. This methamphetamine is highly pure, potent, and low in price. The drug can be easily made in small clandestine laboratories, with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, a common ingredient in cold medications. To curb this kind of production, the law requires pharmacies and other retail stores to keep a purchase record of products containing pseudoephedrine and take steps to limit sales. Methamphetamine production also involves several other very dangerous chemicals. (NIH)
Meth is found as a white powder and crystal meth looks like glass fragments or tiny bluish-white rocks.
How Does Methamphetamine Affect the Brain?
Dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter in the brain that is responsible for pleasure and satisfaction as part of the reward system. It boosts mood, motivation, attention, and helps to regulate learning, emotional responses, and movement.
Methamphetamine stimulates the central nervous system. It also causes a rapid release of high levels of dopamine, in the reward centers of the brain, leaving the user craving more and more of the drug.
How Is Methamphetamine Abused?
People use methamphetamine in different ways; it can either be smoked, snorted, swallowed (in the form of a pill), or injected. The actual “high” part of methamphetamine use starts rapidly and fades rather quickly, so this causes repeated use of the drug. Often people will binge on methamphetamines and stay up for days at a time, not eating or sleeping. Users will then crash for long periods and then get up and repeat the same behavior.
Short-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use
Methamphetamine use has some of the same side effects as other stimulants. Here is a list of some the short-term effects:
Prolonged methamphetamine use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Once dependence develops, the brain changes how it functions and compulsive drug-seeking behavior occurs. The person using, in a sense, loses control of their use. These are signs of addiction.
Addiction creates a whole other level of problems from social to emotional, physical, and behavioral issues. Relationships, jobs, family, finances, amongst several other things, suffer.
Long-Term Effects of Methamphetamine Use
Long-term methamphetamine use can cause a vast array of mental and physical issues. Those that inject methamphetamine are at risk of contracting HIV and Hepatitis B and C. These diseases are passed through the blood and other bodily fluids. Those that actively use are usually involved in risky type behaviors because their judgment is altered. That can lead to the sharing of needles and unprotected sex which is how they are transmitted.
Some of the other problems that long-term methamphetamine use can cause can include:
Long-term use of methamphetamine can also cause severe dental issues; this is known as “meth mouth”. Methamphetamine abuse leads to severe dental decay.
Our Meth Addiction Treatment Program
Methamphetamine addiction and abuse have become a widespread problem. If you believe that you or someone you love may have a methamphetamine addiction, the first step would be to call us to set up an appointment for an assessment. You or your loved one would then likely be admitted into a medically supervised methamphetamine detox. Meth, like most other illicit stimulants, takes a toll on your body after long-term abuse. Our methamphetamine detox and treatment program will work together to get you on the road to healing.
Methamphetamine addiction usually doesn’t cause very severe physical withdrawal symptoms, however, some withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms ones may experience after stopping methamphetamine use could include fatigue, anxiety, severe depression, intense cravings, and psychosis.
You will have a team of doctors and professionals routinely working with you through the detox process to keep you as comfortable as possible. They will also observe and assess you for any potential mental health disorders you may be suffering from. A lot of individuals with stimulant addictions have coexisting mental health issues that have been left untreated.
Methamphetamine Treatment at Evoke Wellness MA
Here at Evoke Wellness Massachusetts, we rely on evidence-based treatment to help you through the recovery process. We provide different forms of therapy to help you gain long-lasting recovery. Each person that comes through our doors receives an individualized treatment plan as recovery is not a one size fits all approach.
Our admissions counselors are available around the clock and will provide you with a detailed explanation of how to be admitted into our methamphetamine addiction treatment programs. Our specialists can help you with costs, bed availability, and which insurance plans we accept as well as make arrangements for admission. We do offer methamphetamine addiction treatment in various formats. These programs are available for women, men, and young adults.