Ice, Glass, Chalk, Crystal, Meth. All of these names refer to the drug methamphetamine, a drug that was first developed in 1893. A powerful stimulant this drug provides heightened energy, wakefulness, and reduced appetite. Dangerous but inexpensive to produce it’s a common sight on the party scene. The ease with which it can be obtained and its highly addictive nature have caused it to become acknowledged by the United Nations as the world’s most abused hard drug.
About Meth Addiction
Meth addiction is a serious problem and is still prevalent throughout the world. While there remain a limited number of legal uses for the drug and its derivative, they are rarely used. The most frequently used form of meth, known as crystal meth, appears as clear or cloudy white rocks. It is commonly used by snorting or smoking, and the user will develop a resistance to its effects over time, requiring more to achieve the desired high.
How Our Office Can Help With Meth Addiction
The treatment of meth addiction is one of the greatest challenges a person may face. Success rates are low among those that attempt to break the habit without the combined efforts of a professional counselor. If mental health issues are present along with meth addiction, this form of help is even more essential. Our mental health experts are trained to help those battling meth addiction have their best chance of recovery.
Questions For Your Therapist About Meth Addiction
Those beginning on the path to recovery often have many questions for those aiding them in their treatment. Below we’ve included information covering some of the most commonly asked questions about meth addiction and recovery.
What Are The Signs Of Meth Abuse?
Long-term abuse of meth has dramatic consequences. These include both medical health and visible effects that include loss of skin elasticity, and loss of teeth. Weight loss, depression heightened body temperature, elevated heart rates, disorientation, and seizures are also known symptoms. Aggression is another common symptom of meth abuse.
What Are The Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal?
An unfortunate part of breaking the meth habit is going through withdrawals. The symptoms of this withdrawal are well-known and happen on a predictable timeline.
Week One to Three – Carb cravings, psychosis, extreme fatigue, depression, cravings for meth, and anxiety all appear during the first week. Periods of extreme fatigue will pass after a week, followed by psychosis at two weeks, and non-clinical depression fading after the third week.
Week Four – At this stage, a craving for meth will begin to fall off. Anxiety will continue, with 30% of all those recovered developing anxiety disorders.
If you or a member of your family are battling meth addiction and you’re looking for help, contact our offices immediately. Our team of mental health professionals is specially trained to help those battling addiction experience the best success in their recovery. Meth addiction is extremely difficult to overcome in the best of cases; don’t try to tackle it alone.