Methamphetamine is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant. The high from meth starts and fades very quickly, so people often have taken repeated doses in a “binge and crash” pattern. Sometimes, a person may take meth in a “run,” taking it every few hours and forgoing food and sleep for several days, before a long, severe, multi-day crash. No matter how the individual abuses the substance, meth addiction treatment is crucial for recovery. Using a self-assessment can help you learn how crucial reaching out to a treatment center is.
Methamphetamine is chemically similar to amphetamine, a drug used to treat ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy, a sleep disorder. If these diagnoses are familiar to you, learn more about co-occurring disorders and what they mean for substance use.
Signs of Meth Dependency
Meth use can escalate quickly to extreme and destructive patterns. Ask yourself the following questions as you think about your meth use.
- Have you ever been in legal trouble, or trouble at your job, related to using meth?
- Have you missed an important event related to work, school, or family responsibilities because of your meth use?
- Has using meth caused you to neglect major responsibilities like bills, errands, or personal hygiene?
- Does using meth cause money problems for you?
- Have you engaged in risky behaviors related to meth (such as driving while high or engaging in risky sexual behavior)?
- Have you lied about how much or how often you use meth to friends or family members?
- Are you noticing health problems because of using meth?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is an indication that your meth use is starting to interfere with your freedom to make healthy life choices.
Health Effects of Using Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth
Methamphetamine is very dangerous to use, and it can cause severe health problems in a short period of time, including:
- Extreme weight loss
- Severe dental problems (“meth mouth”)
- Intense itching, leading to skin sores from scratching
- Anxiety, paranoia, or hallucinations
- Confusion or memory loss
- Violent behavior
The health effects of using meth can last for more than a year after you stop, and some of the effects can be permanent.
Meth Addiction Treatment Programs
Through a range of addiction treatment programs, individuals are able to recover from their meth addiction. Because treatment should never be the same for everyone, offering a variety of addiction treatment programs and services is crucial to success.
Available programs include:
- Medical detox program: At this moment, there are no medications that specifically treat meth addiction. However, with medical guidance, we can make the meth detox process much easier.
- Alcohol detox program: Detox from alcohol can be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain alone. Our alcohol detox program helps clients get through the alcohol detox process safely and comfortably.
- Opioid detox program: Opioid use often involves an intense withdrawal process. We strive to make this process easier with medical support and guidance.
- Methamphetamine detox program: Before entering a meth addiction treatment program, it’s often best to attend a meth detox program. Doing so can make the withdrawal process more manageable.
- Residential program: Residential treatment allows clients to live at the treatment center around the clock for a period of time as they reacclimate to sobriety.
- Partial hospitalization program– A PHP begins the process of learning how to live at home and manage cravings. Clients can participate in highly structured days filled with meetings and therapy sessions. At the end of the day, they’re able to return home and spend time with their loved ones.
- Intensive outpatient program– An IOP is the next step in addiction treatment and begins to offer more freedom to clients. Their days remain structured, but they begin to have more free time to spend fulfilling their responsibilities.
- Outpatient program– This is the lowest level of treatment and offers the most freedom to clients. Individuals are able to spend more time fulfilling their daily duties while still receiving individualized care.
- Co-occurring capable treatment– This type of treatment is crucial for those struggling with an underlying mental health disorder. Both issues receive the attention and care they need to break the cycle.
Meth Addiction Treatment at Spokane Falls Recovery Center
If meth use is causing problems in your life, we applaud your honesty in admitting it. We believe that if you put effort into recovery, your life can change for the better. Meth is a very serious drug, and we will help you find the resources you need. If you want to begin with meth addiction treatment to turn your life around, contact Spokane Falls Recovery Center at 844.962.2775.