Learn how rehab can help someone exhibiting Methamphetamine addiction signs.
Methamphetamine is a vicious drug that can create a host of dangerous side effects in the addict. Anyone who has a long history of meth use will probably look and act very differently than they did before they started using the drug. If you are suffering from a methamphetamine addiction, we can help you recover. When you enter our inpatient methamphetamine rehab you will receive comprehensive care that will address many underlying factors about your addiction. You will discover new things about yourself and your addiction, and you will be equipped with the necessary skills to help you resist a relapse. You can be free from methamphetamine addiction and begin a new and better life for yourself.
Methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled narcotic in the U.S. that is a potent and highly addictive stimulant. The drug can be snorted, eaten, smoked or injected, and will initially produce an intense feeling of euphoria that only lasts a few minutes. Meth addicts will keep taking the drug to prolong the euphoric high. Some meth addicts will continue taking the drug for days at a time, without eating or sleeping. When the addict finally stops taking the drug he will crash, and this can cause dangerous symptoms where he may become violent, homicidal or suicidal. Some of the other effects of taking methamphetamine are:
- Increased energy
- Increased concentration
- Rapid heart rate
- Elevated blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Trouble sleeping
- Decreased appetite
Methamphetamine addiction can produce a false sense of well-being and power in the addict that can cause him to push his body beyond its limit of endurance. The long-term abuse of methamphetamine addiction can cause many adverse effects such as damaged blood vessels in the brain, irregular heartbeat, cardiovascular failure, stroke, or death. Other adverse effects of methamphetamine addiction can include:
- Permanent brain and heart damage
- Respiratory and tissue damage
- Infectious diseases
- Depression and mental disorders
- Epilepsy and stroke
There are many methamphetamine addiction signs to determine if someone is addicted to the drug. Meth addicts usually have intense anxiety and insomnia, which can cause them to become irritable, violent and display psychotic behavior. The addict can also experience hyperactivity, mood swings, delusions of grandeur, and display repetitive behavior. Other methamphetamine addiction signs use include being paranoid and suspicious of others and the addict will try to sequester himself from others as a method of self-protection. Methamphetamine addiction signs can also include:
- Extreme weight loss
- A dry mouth is often a sign of meth addiction, and many meth addicts will drink a lot of water or chew gum to remedy this.
- Methamphetamine addiction can adversely affect the brain resulting in the impairment of memory and emotional responses.
- Methamphetamine addiction causes addicts to sweat and have a foul body odor that is similar to cat urine. This odor is caused by the drug and is released from the addict’s pores.
- “Meth mouth” is severe jaw-clenching that can result in cracked teeth, dental decay and loss.
- Meth addiction can increase the progression of HIV/AIDs.
- Methamphetamine addiction may cause premature childbirth delivery.
- Meth addicts may develop acne or painful sores on their body called “crank bugs”.
- Methamphetamine addiction may cause damage to many organs of the body including the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, lungs and more.
- A meth addict can experience hallucinations, panic, psychoses, convulsions, and seizures.
The professional staff at our WhiteSands Treatment Centers are knowledgeable and experienced in methamphetamine addiction and recovery. As our patient, you will be treated with the dignity and respect that you deserve. We offer concentrated treatment programs in a safe and structured environment. Our recovery programs are evidence-based treatments that will assist you in overcoming your addiction and give you renewed hope for your future.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.