Methamphetamine Treatment Center
Recovery towards a better tomorrow
Commonly known as crystal meth, tweak or ice, methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world, having wrought devastation on millions of lives and interpersonal relationships. It is a strong, highly effective stimulant that directly affects the central nervous system.
It essentially takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter crystalline powder that is soluble in water and alcohol. Similarly to amphetamine, methamphetamine causes increased activity and talkativeness, reduced appetite and a sense of well-being or state of euphoria. However, unlike amphetamine, methamphetamine at comparable doses is a more potent stimulant. Its effects on the central nervous system are longer-lasting and more harmful. Such traits have characterized meth into a drug with high potential for widespread abuse. The high obtained from meth lasts 12 times longer than cocaine and about 90 percent of meth abusers are said to relapse after treatment.
Sovereign Health Group is a residential rehabilitation treatment company for substance abuse, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our expert staff provides our patients with cutting-edge treatment programming and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by various licensed health professionals.
Signs and symptoms
- moderate to severe high blood pressure
- rapid or irregular heartbeat
- overactive thyroid
- Increased activity and alertness, insomnia
- severe anxiety, tension or agitation
- repressed appetite
- hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
- feelings of superiority and elevated confidence
- visual and auditory hallucinations, psychosis
Despite meth’s toxicity and correspondingly high mortality rates, it is still listed as a Schedule II substance under the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, allowing it to be used medicinally. Although relatively unknown, methamphetamine HCL is distributed under the brand name Desoxyn to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and severe obesity. Although it is of higher quality and safety than its illegally produced counterpart, it still poses the same side effects.
Meth and the brain
Significant changes in the brain are caused by abuse of methamphetamine. Neuroimaging studies have demonstrated alterations in the activity of the dopamine system that are associated with reduced motor speed and impaired verbal learning. Studies in chronic methamphetamine abusers have also revealed severe structural and functional changes in areas of the brain associated with emotion and memory, which may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems observed in chronic methamphetamine abusers.
Methamphetamine abuse also has been shown to have negative effects on non-neural brain cells called microglia. These cells help maintain brain health by protecting the brain from infectious elements and by removing damaged neurons. However, too much activity of the microglial cells can assault the healthy neurons instead. A study using brain imaging found more than double the levels of microglial cells in former methamphetamine abusers compared to people with no history of methamphetamine abuse, which could explain some of the neuro-toxic effects of methamphetamine.
Treatment with Sovereign
Meth abuse is responsible for countless ruined lives, but it’s never too late to change things around. Sovereign Health is here to help you from the very first phone call until after the recovery process. Our detoxification programs provide a controlled and supervised environment for patients battling meth abuse through detox. Benzodiazepines and other non-addictive alternative medications are usually administered alongside anti-nausea drugs and vitamins to combat the frequent possibility of severe weight loss.
Light therapy is also combined to help the patient vent any feelings of frustration, anxiety and depression. Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation are also employed, which involve mental exercises specifically designed to improve cognitive function. These exercises target specific functions, such as short-term memory, but are likely to have a more wide-reaching effect. At Sovereign, we use computerized training tailored to the patient to improve specific functions.
It’s important to realize that methamphetamine detox carries no risk of death. However, it does carry one of the highest dropout rates due to the fact that many meth users tend to misrepresent the truth, downplay their symptoms or overstate their progress. We highly encourage family members and/or loved ones to help support patients in the process. That is the ultimate encouragement needed through this journey.