Methamphetamine Treatment

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Commonly known as “crystal meth,” “tweak,” “glass,” “speed” or “ice,” methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. A powerful stimulant, methamphetamine increases activity and talkativeness, reduces appetite and creates a euphoric sense of well-being. Meth is similar to amphetamine, but more potent. Its effects on the central nervous system last longer and cause more harm. Such traits have characterized meth as a drug with a high potential for widespread abuse.

Sovereign Health has a firm grasp on how meth destroys the mind and body. We provide detoxification and residential treatment for meth addiction as well as any co-occurring mental disorders. At each rehab for crystal methamphetamine addiction, our staff uses evidence-based and holistic modalities to help patients achieve a lasting recovery.

Abusing Meth

Methamphetamine takes the form of a white, odorless, bitter crystalline powder that dissolves in water and alcohol. It is smoked, snorted, injected and even swallowed. Despite the known disfiguring side effects and psychological detriments, people abuse methamphetamine for:

  • The rush
  • The high – wherein a user feels aggressively smarter; high can last from 4-16 hours
  • For rapid and dramatic weight loss
  • An escapist act of desperation or diversion from intense traumatic or dire circumstances or events

Meth is listed as a Schedule II substance under the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, allowing it to be used medicinally.

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 lower than its illegally produced counterpart, it still poses the same side effects.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Symptoms of Meth Abuse

  • Meth-induced psychosis
  • “Meth mouth”
  • Crank bugs – a hallucination
  • Moderate to severe high blood pressure
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Increased activity and alertness, insomnia
  • Severe anxiety, tension or agitation
  • Repressed appetite
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Feelings of superiority and elevated confidence

Red Flags of Meth Abuse

  • Neglecting personal hygiene
  • Skin changes: shadowy eyes, pale/grey skin, acne-type sores, dry or itchy skin, dermatitis around the mouth
  • Severe nail biting, nose bleeds
  • Aggressive, violent, overly energetic or rambling behavior
  • Irritability and moodiness, with sudden depressive states
  • Picking at skin or hair, causing sores that don’t seem to heal
  • Wakefulness that lasts for days, or perhaps more than a week
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Meth Inside the Body

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 neurotoxic effects of methamphetamine.

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Getting Help for Meth Abuse

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 methamphetamine detox programs provide a controlled, supervised and safe space for patients apprehensive about treatment for crystal methamphetamine withdrawal. It can be hard to find crystal meth rehab centers that are run by a qualified medical staff.

What makes Sovereign Health a leader in meth treatment programs is our utilization of cognitive therapies and brain restoration to holistically rehabilitate an individual from the inside out. Other methamphetamine treatment centers address the external symptoms without helping the individual recover from mental issues that fuel addiction.

Here at Sovereign, we believe methamphetamine treatment is not complete until it encompasses the complete person: mind, body and soul.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

The Sovereign Health Group is the premier treatment provider nationwide in customizing recovery to match each patient’s treatment and outlet needs. We are committed to interweaving cognitive modalities, alternative therapies and brain wellness tools into holistic rehabilitation to cultivate recovery that lasts.

The base of most serious issues are ill coping mechanisms or responses to severe trauma, psychological distress and/or genetic predisposition. The downward spiral is unique for each person in need of rehabilitation. Thus, we offer multiple tracks of recovery specific to manifestations of said trauma or mind turmoil:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis of two or more of the above conditions

Call our 24/7 helpline to get details on how we can help you with methamphetamine detox and treatment.