Methamphetamine, more commonly known as simply “meth,” is a highly addictive substance that’s abused by people all over the world. Meth is known for causing dependency quickly, sometimes after as little as single-use. It’s a stimulant, producing a rush of dopamine and pleasure chemicals into your brain. The amount of dopamine that meth abuse gives you is much more than the brain naturally produces, so it’s very easy to become addicted to the feeling. Professional help is the best way to beat a dependency on meth. If you’re looking for meth addiction treatment in California, look no further than Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach.
Oceanfront Recovery’s meth addiction treatment center is well-equipped to cater to you and your individual needs during your journey to sobriety. If it’s necessary, our drug and alcohol detox center will provide you with a safe, secure location to medically detox from meth before entering your regular program. You should never try to detox independently, as withdrawal symptoms can overwhelm your system and put your health in danger. Once you’ve detoxed, you’ll be transitioned into an individualized treatment program that will analyze the root of your substance abuse issues. For more information about Oceanfront Recovery’s meth addiction and treatment center, call us today at (877) 279-1777 or visit us online.
The Effects of Meth
Meth, sometimes known by street names such as crystal, ice, speed, or glass, provides a rush when used intravenously or smoked. When meth is snorted, the rush is less pronounced, and a feeling of euphoria takes over. You may feel elated, hyperactive, alert, and talkative during the high. You may also find that you’ve lost your appetite, or you can’t sleep, even after you’ve come down. Some people become irritable or paranoid after engaging in meth abuse, and the high can also cause tremors and an irregular heartbeat.
In the long run, the effects of meth become quite a bit scarier. Habitual meth use can lead to:
- “Meth mouth,” or severe tooth decay
- Sores on your skin that can easily become infected
- Blood-borne pathogen infection from intravenous use
- Damaged or collapsed veins after intravenous use
- Seizure, heart attack, or stroke
Meth is easy to overdose on, and using meth in conjunction with alcohol or another substance, like cocaine, can be extremely dangerous. Long-term meth abuse can also damage your brain’s ability to make its dopamine, strengthening your dependency on the drug.
Recognizing Meth Abuse
If you’re concerned that a loved one is abusing meth, there are a few warning signs that you can keep an eye out for. Someone who is finishing a meth binge may begin “tweaking.” Tweaking is a term that refers to a 3-15 day period of intense anxiety and insomnia. Someone who is tweaking may also experience vivid hallucinations.
You may notice sudden weight loss, new facial tics, strange sleeping patterns, and dilated pupils outside of tweaking. All of these can be signs of potential meth addiction. Many people addicted to meth experience a periodical “crash” phase, where they may feel exhausted and sleep for days at a time.
Get Meth Addiction Treatment with Oceanfront
The effects of meth can be devastating, not only to your body but to your lifestyle and relationships too. At Oceanfront Recovery, we want you to feel happy and healthy in all aspects of your life when you achieve sobriety. This means working with you on issues that may, on the surface, seem separate from your substance abuse disorder. However, co-occurring disorders, past trauma, and other factors in your life may be impacting your addiction in many ways. That’s why Oceanfront remains dedicated to you, not your addiction. For more information on our services, reach out today by calling (877) 279-1777.