What We Treat
Methamphetamine Addiction and Rehab
Meth Detox Treatment
Why Is Methamphetamine So Addicting?
Methamphetamine is a powerful and almost instantly habit-forming drug. Even one hit of Methamphetamine is capable of damaging key receptors in the brain, rendering users incapable of feeling pleasure without the assistance of Methamphetamine. Recovery requires in-depth therapy with a trained professional.
The Basics of Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is one of the most devastating drugs on the market. Methamphetamine derives its effectiveness from forcing the brain to pump out dopamine, the neurotransmitter that plays a major role in the motivational component of reward-motivated behavior. Methamphetamine hijacks that system and forces the brain to secrete more dopamine than is healthy and normal. Methamphetamine is so powerful that it can be instantly habit-forming, opening the door to long-term use.
Eventually, Methamphetamine or an amphetamine-type substance use disorder destroys the dopamine receptors in the brain, thereby rendering the patient incapable of experiencing pleasure from any other means aside from the Methamphetamine. Methamphetamine often becomes the focus of users’ lives; consuming time, energy, financial resources, and impacting all other areas, as the user is focused on getting Methamphetamine. Family and work life become less important, as the natural impulses to thrive in those areas have been destroyed by the continued use of Methamphetamine. Treatment can bring a return to experiencing quality of life, but there is a risk of permanent cognitive impairment if Methamphetamine use goes unchecked.
Signs and Symptoms of a Methamphetamine Addiction
The effects of Methamphetamine can go far beyond the psychological:
- Sleep deprivation
- Weight loss
- Elevated body temperature
- Decreased libido
- Skin abscesses
Because Methamphetamine or an amphetamine-type substance use disorder can radically alter the brain’s chemistry, this change may manifest in a number of behavioral changes as well. Patients may experience severe paranoia and isolation, auditory and visual hallucinations, and wild mood swings marked by aggressive behavior.
Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant and may cause clients to try risky, impulsive behaviors. Combined with other observations, this may be a sign of addiction.
The First Time
First-time users may not immediately experience most of these signs. The high often makes them euphoric, hyper alert, and very active and talkative. This high can last for 6-12 hours, but behind the scenes, the sensation is being ingrained into the brain’s own rewards system. While normal and healthy activities leave a natural impression on the brain; drugs like Methamphetamine overwhelm the regions associated of memory, pleasure, and reasoning. No other experience will compare to that first experience with Methamphetamine. The brain will try to adapt to every subsequent exposure to Methamphetamine, but moderate amounts don’t compare to that first time. Users will relentlessly chase what they felt in that first experience, deepening their addiction each time.