Methamphetamine — also known as crank, speed, meth and ice — is a highly addictive and dangerous psychostimulant that can cause irreparable physical and psychological damage. Meth addiction treatment is critical to prevent or minimize the destructive consequences of its use.
What to Expect in Meth Rehab
A full continuum of care, from detox and inpatient drug rehab to aftercare and continuing professional and peer support, provides the best chances for long-term addiction recovery.
Your recovery journey may begin with medically monitored detox. Meth withdrawal can be uncomfortable without the expert care of a medical team. Because meth abuse can deplete the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals, severe depression and “crashes” can occur in the drug’s absence. Other withdrawal symptoms may include insomnia, irritability, nightmares, restlessness, agitation and paranoia. In medical detox, nurses and physicians monitor you around the clock, prescribing research-backed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and immediately attending to any physical and psychological distress. Read more about the physical impact of meth abuse.
Attention to Mental Health Issues and Trauma
Genetic and environmental factors often underlie methamphetamine addiction. Meth users may have co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety or depression. Long-term methamphetamine abuse can also contribute to mental health symptoms.
Research shows that methamphetamine users are at higher risk for developing psychosis and schizophrenia than non-users.
In specialized meth addiction treatment, psychiatric staff will diagnose and treat any mental health issues contributing to or resulting from addiction. Trauma experts will also help you heal from past trauma such as physical or emotional abuse or neglect, which can fuel self-medicating behaviors like substance abuse.
Methamphetamine abuse can wreak havoc on your physical health. Meth users often experience serious dental issues and nutritional deficiencies because of their addiction. At The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab you’ll get dental and medical care, engage in physically healing activities like yoga, and learn about proper nutrition, cooking and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A critical part of meth rehab is gaining the emotional resiliency and healthy coping skills needed to overcome triggers to use once you leave treatment. Your treatment team will help you develop a toolbox of recovery skills to draw upon in everyday life such as mindfulness, positive self-talk, sober support groups, daily reflections and healthy ways to express emotions.
The Dangers of Long-Term Meth Abuse
Long-term methamphetamine use is strongly associated with depression and suicide as well as heart disease, amphetamine psychosis, anxiety and violent behaviors. Methamphetamine abuse can cause neurotoxicity which can result in cognitive deficits, such as memory loss and impaired attention and executive function. Over 20 percent of people addicted to methamphetamine develop a long-lasting psychosis resembling schizophrenia after stopping methamphetamine, which can persist for longer than six months and is often treatment-resistant.
Long-term methamphetamine abuse can also cause addiction, anxiety, insomnia, mood disturbances and violent behavior. Psychotic symptoms like paranoia, hallucinations and delusions (such as the sensation of bugs crawling under the skin) can occur. Psychotic symptoms can last for months or years after methamphetamine use has ceased. Following a period of heavy use, also known as “bingeing,” which typically lasts days or even weeks, severe withdrawal symptoms lasting up to 10 days can occur. These symptoms include depression, fatigue, excessive sleeping and increased appetite.
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