Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive stimulant drug. Street names include chalk, crank, ice, crystal, meth, and speed.
Methamphetamine was originally developed from amphetamine to make decongestants and bronchial inhalers. It’s much more potent that amphetamine, because it stimulates the central nervous system and gets into the brain at a much higher rate.
Since it increases the levels of naturally occurring dopamine and norepinephrine (“feel-good chemicals”) in the brain, meth often causes feelings of euphoria or a sense of well-being. This can make it very addictive. It can also cause a person to become extremely alert and talkative, and it often decreases appetite and interferes with sleep—it’s not uncommon for a person who uses meth to stay up for days at a time.
Signs of Meth Addiction
Meth abuse causes both physical and behavioral changes, including:
- Increased alertness
- Dilated pupils
- Rapid heart rate
- Weight loss
- Tooth decay
- Skin sores
- Increased blood pressure
- Dry mouth and bad breath
- Muscle twitching and tremors
- Violent or aggressive behavior
- Personality changes
Long-term meth abuse can damage the brain and cause symptoms of psychosis, including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations, and delusions (such as the sensation of bugs crawling on or under the skin). These symptoms can last for years after a person stops taking the drug.
Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
Meth dependency can cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, especially in the first 24 hours after a person stops using the drug. These can include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Strong cravings
- Trouble concentrating
- Sleep problems and nightmares
- Increased appetite
Symptoms vary from person to person and may last anywhere between 7 and 10 days. Some people can successfully quit using meth on their own, but most long-term users will need professional help to quit.
Meth Addiction Help at Adelante Recovery Center
Meth addiction can take its toll on every aspect of a person’s life, including their health and personal and professional relationships.
The caring, compassionate staff at Adelante understands that each person is unique and has their own treatment needs. We offer multiple levels of care to accommodate all clients, wherever they are on their journey. Our Southern California meth rehab programs include:
- Medical detox: For clients who need medically supervised detox to manage withdrawal symptoms.
- Residential inpatient treatment: For clients who need round-the-clock care. Adelante offers care at a fully licensed treatment center in Corona del Mar, CA. Programs usually last from 30-90 days, depending on a person’s needs.
- Dual diagnosis treatment: For clients struggling with meth addiction and a co-occurring mental health disorder, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, or depression.
Adelante Recovery Center’s clinical staff includes an experienced medical doctor and certified addiction treatment counselor. We tailor our programs to meet each client’s needs, and we strive to make our centers feel like a home away from home, so clients can put all their energy into recovery.
Meth recovery is possible at Adelante Recovery Center. Contact us to learn more about meth rehab and treatment in Corona del Mar, Orange County, Southern California.