Meth is the common term for methamphetamine, which is an illegal and highly addictive and powerful stimulant drug that produces a high level of energy and feelings of euphoria and wakefulness.
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Meth works by increasing levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s associated with pleasure, motivation, and reward. Chronic use of this substance often leads to addiction, which is characterized by changes in the brain’s physiology and function. Those who have an addiction continue to use drugs despite negative consequences and often find it impossible to get off the drug with just willpower alone.
Meth addiction is a chronic brain disease that can’t be cured, but it can be sent into remission through drug rehab. After the physical meth addiction is broken through medical detox, various treatment therapies are used to address the psychological aspects of the addiction.
While methamphetamine initially produces feelings of great euphoria, over time it can cause severe depression when its use is discontinued. Stimulants also suppresses the appetite and increases blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate. When used with alcohol, the risk of overdosing on either of the substances is substantially increased.
Meth addiction and abuse can cause long-term health problems that are often devastating, including:
Signs and symptoms that someone you love is abusing or addicted to meth include:
Secondary addictions often accompany a primary substance addiction. Secondary addictions are typically behavioral in nature, such as an addiction to eating, sex, or gambling. Secondary addictions must be addressed in the treatment phase of meth rehab and may be due to engaging in these behaviors while under the influence or having a history of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
The first phase of meth rehab is medical detox, which breaks the physical addiction to the drug. Because withdrawal from meth is particularly intense, marked by extreme cravings and very deep depression, medications will be administered to help alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of meth withdrawal.
After detox is complete and physical addiction is broken, the more complex psychological issues behind the addiction will be addressed through various treatment therapies, which will include group, family, and individual counseling. Treatment therapies help patients identify and address the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors associated with the addiction and replace those that are harmful with those that are healthy.
After treatment, an aftercare plan will be implemented to help prevent a lapse. The aftercare plan is highly individualized, but most include ongoing therapy and participation in a 12-Step or similar community recovery program.
Relapse rates for meth addiction are very high, largely due to the extreme depression that can set in when the cycle of substance abuse is broken.
A full 88 percent of patients who successfully complete drug rehab will lapse within three months of treatment. However, for those who don’t seek professional help and try to quit on their own, 95 percent will relapse in the first three months.
For some, it takes more than one round of rehab to realize long-term recovery. With each subsequent treatment, however, the chances of successful recovery increase. Call Drug Treatment Centers Linden at (908) 329-2159 to get help today.
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