Crystal methamphetamine is often thought of as one of the most dangerous substances in America’s street drug market. Consistent use takes a very serious toll on the human body, and its addictive properties are incredibly fast-acting. Once you recognize your abusive patterns and potential addictions, you can begin to take steps to address them. A chemical dependency isn’t the end of the line for you. It’s never too late to seek help. Meth addiction treatment becomes more accessible every year, and it’s great to begin exploring your options as soon as you recognize a problem.
Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach offers a beautiful location for our clients to find their way through the tumultuous road to sobriety. We offer multiple approaches to addiction recovery, and we look forward to working directly with you to see what fits best. Our team is equipped to be with you every step of the way, and we love to see your success. The dangers of crystal meth, including its intense addictive properties, make it easy to step from use to abuse. Talking to someone about recovery is the first step to finding it. For more information, call us at 877.296.7477 or visit us online today.
Recognizing Signs of Meth Abuse
Physical signs of meth abuse are plentiful, and some will become visible whether someone has been struggling with a dependency for years or is new to the substance. If you’re concerned that a loved one has been abusing methamphetamine, here are some warning signs to look out for:
- Thinning body. Someone abusing meth may be losing weight quickly, and their body may look frail and waif-like.
- New breakouts. They may have more facial acne than before or sores on their skin. Meth abuse can also cause one’s face to take on a droopy appearance.
- Running hot. One’s body temperature can rise dramatically when regularly using meth.
- Convulsions. Someone battling an addiction to meth may shake uncontrollably at times or fall into violent convulsions. It’s also common to see meth users scratch vigorously at their skin.
- Rotting teeth. Crystal meth can cause intense oral deterioration, sometimes referred to as “meth mouth.”
- Higher libido. Meth can stimulate arousal in users, as well as give them excess stamina and lowered inhibitions.
Beyond the more obvious physical signs, someone with a meth problem may become more irritable, intensely paranoid, or easily confused.
Dangers of Crystal Meth
Meth is an extremely dangerous substance to abuse. Regular meth abuse is known to cause liver damage, stroke, lowered immunity, and death. Many professionals in the substance abuse world also point to meth’s effect on one’s sex drive as a very real danger. An increased desire for sexual activity in conjunction with lowered inhibitions and immunity can lead to risky sex acts and the sharing of sexually transmitted diseases.
Meth is also known for plenty of psychological effects. Meth can cause psychosis in some users, leading to hallucinations, paranoia, unstable behavior, and delusions. Meth use often causes or contributes to intense insomnia lasting up to ten days. Long-term meth abuse can also affect your memory and your ability to learn new skills and perform unfamiliar tasks.
Find Meth Addiction Treatment with Oceanfront Recovery
Oceanfront Recovery’s meth addiction treatment center offers rehabilitation options for all walks of life. Our programs begin with medical detox, where you or your loved one will be safe and looked after during withdrawal symptoms. After detox, our personalized approach will allow you to be at the center of your treatment. Rehabilitation isn’t one-size-fits-all, and we are determined to find what works best for each client. Call us at 877.296.7477 or complete our secure online form for more information about what we can do for you.