While at one time methamphetamine addiction was considered an issue localized to the southwestern and western regions of the country, recent years have seen meth use spread across the United States. People are attracted to meth because it is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant, yet it is relatively inexpensive and can be made from readily available household chemicals. Some take it to help them stay away during late night shifts. Students may take it to help them stay up and study. Others may use it to lose weight. However, regardless of the reason one starts using meth, many find that their use quickly spirals out of control.
Effects of Methamphetamine Addiction
The use of methamphetamine can have devastating physical and psychological consequences. If you suspect that someone you care about is using meth, it is important to know some of the signs of methamphetamine addiction:
• Decreased ability to feel pleasure as a result of the destruction of dopamine receptors
• “Meth mouth”—teeth become rotted and discolored
• Aggressive behavior, such as sudden violent outbursts
• Delusions and hallucinations
• Scabs resulting from the constant picking of the skin
• Liver damage
• Inability of sores to heal properly
• Potentially permanent impairment of cognitive abilities
Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction
If you or a loved one is in need of treatment for methamphetamine addiction, Recovering Souls can help. We are not treatment facility, but a service that specializes in finding professional and affordable treatment for our clients. Treatment for methamphetamine addiction begins with a safe and medically supervised detox. Once you are detoxed, you will begin a program that includes a structured schedule of individual counseling, therapeutic groups and 12 Step meetings. You will work with licensed therapists and certified addictions counselors who have years of training and experience in the field of addiction. Treatment for methamphetamine addiction often includes cognitive behavioral therapy in order to alter the thinking and behaviors that have contributed to and perpetuated an addictive lifestyle. Counselors will teach you to replace destructive behaviors with healthy coping mechanisms, and provide you with the opportunity to address and work through any issues that could potentially threaten or disrupt your sobriety. A board certified psychiatrist is also available to treat clients with co-occurring disorders that may require medication. Treatment for methamphetamine addiction sometimes requires long-term care. Once you complete your inpatient treatment, Recovering Souls can assist you in finding an outpatient program or a sober living facility.
Treatment for methamphetamine addiction is a lifelong process that begins with reaching out and asking for help. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, contact Recovering Souls today.