What is Methamphetamine (Meth)?
How Is Meth Used?
Causes of Meth Addiction
Researchers have been unable to identify a singular cause for meth addiction, though there are several hypotheses on what may be considered a risk factor. These factors are both internal and external and can include:
- Environmental influences
- Family history
Signs and Symptoms of a Meth Addiction
- Decreased hygiene
- Personality changes
- Attempts to maintain access to sources of the substance.
- Weight loss
- Meth mouth
- Dry mouth
- Decreased appetite
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased memory
- Decreased decision making
- Feelings of euphoria
Meth Addiction Treatment Options
Meth addiction can decrease the joy in day-to-day life while also increasing certain health risks, including meth overdose. However, several meth addiction treatments are available to help aid in recovery from withdrawal to aftercare.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
There are two major forms of rehabilitation care for meth use disorders. Inpatient care provides around-the-clock support and a safe environment, while outpatient care allows individuals to maintain their regular schedule for better accessibility to treatment.
Detox is a part of every recovery from substance addiction. It allows the body to complete its natural metabolism and remove the substance from the body. Detoxification often leads to withdrawal, which may require different treatments for increased support and success in recovery.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that helps rewire brain reward pathways to better understand dangerous patterns and behaviors associated with addiction and other disorders.
The Matrix Model
Aftercare and Support Groups
Medication can be beneficial in multiple ways when addressing meth addiction treatments. While specific prescriptions may be utilized to treat withdrawal, which we’ll discuss in greater detail below, medication can block the effects of meth, reducing the impact of symptoms such as euphoria to decrease psychological cravings when attempting detox.
- Anti-methamphetamine monoclonal antibodies
Symptoms of Meth Withdrawal
- Increased appetite
- Changes in sleep habits
- Loss of motivation
How Concise Recovery Can Help You
It’s never too late to begin meth addiction treatment and reduce or even reverse the side effects. Here at Concise Recovery, our team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing the resources and care needed for a successful recovery from meth addiction through our various treatment options.