Methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) is an extremely addictive stimulant drug that is chemically similar to amphetamine. It takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder. Repeated methamphetamine use can easily lead to addiction.
People who use Methamphetamine long-term may experience anxiety, confusion, insomnia and mood disturbances and display violent behaviors. They may also show symptoms of psychosis, such as paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions . It also reduces motor skills and impairs verbal learning. In studies of chronic methamphetamine users, severe structural and functional changes have been found in areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory.
Taking even small amounts of methamphetamine can result in many of the same physical effects as those of other stimulants, such as cocaine or amphetamines. These include increased wakefulness, increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature. Long-term methamphetamine use has many negative consequences for physical health, including extreme weight loss, severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), and skin sores caused by scratching. Methamphetamine use also raises the risk of contracting infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis B and C. These can be contracted both by sharing contaminated drug injection equipment and through unsafe sex. Regardless of how it is taken, methamphetamine alters judgment and inhibition and can lead people to engage in these and other types of risky behavior.
Currently the most effective treatment for Methamphetamine addiction is cognitive behavioral interventions. These methods are designed to help modify the individuals thinking patterns, expectancies and behaviors and to increase coping skills so individuals are better equipped to deal with life stressors. Methamphetamine support groups have also proven to be effective additions to behavioral interventions that can lead to long- term drug free recovery.
At Recovery In Tune, our experienced team of qualified professionals will help you develop an individualized plan that targets your Methamphetamine addiction and goes to the core of your problem. At the same time, you will be able to slowly develop a support system and start acquiring the necessary skills you need to prevent future relapses and help you maintain a life in sobriety. For more information on our Meth Rehab Treatment call a sobriety coach today.