Crystal methamphetamine, or simply meth, is a highly addictive stimulant. Manufactured in clandestine laboratories, it can be dangerously unpure. Toxic chemicals are used to make meth. Even if it’s relatively “pure”, meth is terrible for the mind and body. A look at one of the faces of meth websites will quickly convince you if you are a skeptic.
Meth addiction often leads to tragedy. It not only destroys your health rapidly, but it also destroys families and relationships. A meth addict will often stay away for days on end, which can elicit a psychotic state, hallucinations and other horrifying side effects. At Riverwalk Recovery you will receive evidence-based treatment for meth addiction. There is life after addiction. A life in recovery is rewarding beyond measure.
You will learn how to not only stay drug-free, but how to have better relationships and live in gratitude. Many of our staff members are either in recovery or connected to it in their personal lives. More than anything, we want the miracle of recovery for you. We will make sure you get a safe, comfortable meth detox before you begin treatment. You or your loved one will be in safe hands at Riverwalk Recovery and entering treatment here is simple and easy.
Signs of Meth Addiction
Meth addiction is one of the most devastating substance use disorders. If you or someone you care about is addicted to meth, do not wait to get help. One of the most tragic things about meth addiction is that most meth addicts never make it into treatment. But you or your loved one do not have to become a statistic.
Here are a few signs you can look for. If you see more than one or two of these signs, it should be cause for concern:
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Isolating from friends and family
- Careless and impulsive spending
- Criminal behavior, such as stealing
- Obsessive focus (cleaning, organizing)
- Forgetting important dates or events
- Distracted behavior in social situations
- Neglect of relationships
- Risky and impulsive sexual behavior
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Hyperactivity and extreme energy
- Extreme loss of appetite
- Displaying a tic or repetitive behavior
- Aggression or violent behavior
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Symptoms of Meth Addiction
Meth addiction can be harder to hide than some other substance use disorders. Part of the reason why is because of the extreme effects it has on physical and psychological health.
Here are some common physical signs you may notice in a meth addicted person:
- Sudden or extreme weight loss
- Extreme sweating
- Irregular breathing
- Slow-healing sores
- Dilated pupils
- Burns, especially on lips or fingers
- Track marks on arms
- Rotting or broken teeth (meth mouth)
- Bad breath
- Premature skin aging
- Extremely short fingernails
Meth addiction also has profound psychological effects. The drug alone can cause many of them. The lifestyle that usually comes with meth use contributes to many of them making them worse.
The following are common psychological symptoms of meth addiction:
- Anxiety and agitation
- Nervousness and fidgeting
- Mood swings
- Imagining bugs under skin
- Panic attacks
Severe benzo withdrawal symptoms can be deadly. They are best avoided by receiving a medical detox in a facility designed to treat addiction. Benzos are sold illegally for recreational use, but it is important to note that dependence can occur even if you are not intentionally abusing it. If you use benzos daily for just a few weeks, that is often enough to become dependent, even if you are taking them as prescribed.
According to research, individuals who have an addiction to one of these medications can sometimes take as much as 100 times more than recommended, and they may be snorting or injecting the drugs.
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Getting Help for Meth Addiction
Meth addiction often has some pretty grim consequences. We say this not to frighten you, but to impress upon you the serious nature of meth dependency. Most meth addicts never make it into a treatment center. Quitting meth is incredibly hard even under the best circumstances. It does not matter how much willpower you think you have. If you or someone you love is addicted to meth their best chance of getting free of it before tragedy strikes is addiction treatment. Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for help.
Recover at Riverwalk
At Riverwalk, we understand addiction intimately and have a personal connection to recovery. We are ready to help. If you are watching someone you love struggle with meth addiction we can help there too. We will provide guidance and insight into interventions and other methods to help “raise the bottom” to compel someone to accept the help they need. The road to a solution begins with a conversation. You will begin to feel better the moment you start to talk to us. This is not a burden you need to bear all on your own. Treatment for meth addiction is available at Riverwalk Recovery. We work with most private health insurance providers and have reasonable self-pay rates. Recovery begins the moment you decide to change.
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